Saltscapes San Francisco Bay Cris Benton
“Benton’s images allow us to slip our earthly bonds and see the world from new heights, his aerial views offering a fresh perspective on familiar landscapes. Surprising and sublime, Saltscapes can be enjoyed equally as a collection of art photography and a portrait of ecological transformation and resilience.”
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan: Hyderabad Village, Shigar Valley.
Shigar Valley is 32 kilometers from Skardu and one hour drive and was the first town stop up, capital of the relatively prosperous, independent kingdom of Shigar. The valley has an extremely picturesque landscape, and abounds in fruit such as grapes, peaches, pears, walnuts and apricots. Shigar is indeed a trekker’s paradise in Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan. The wild and lush green hauntingly beautiful landscapes of this hidden land are often likened to Tibet - Ladhakh used to be known as ‘Little Tibet’ - and are every bit as dramatic and enticing. Askole is the last settlement in Shigar Valley and valley is 170km long from Skardu to Askole and is the gateway to four of the world’s fourteen highest peaks known as Eight-thousands (above 8,000m). Expeditions to the following peaks are launched from Askole: K2, 2nd , Gasherbrum I, 11th, Broad Peak, 12th, Gasherbrum II, 13th, Gasherbrum III, Gasherbrum IV, 17th, Masherbrum (K1) 22nd, Chogolisa, 36th, Muztagh Tower, Snow Dome, Biarchedi, Trango Towers, Mitre Peak, are the highest of the world.
Unknown - Chiyogami Paper - Silhouettes from Edo Era - Dated Ca. 1900’s.
"Edo Chiyogami". Chiyogami is a patterned paper used to make objects such as paper dolls or Origami figures. This one has silhouettes of people in Edo period.