“I like wandering alone – my own time to discover and shoot pictures.” ~ Cherel Ito
Photographer and filmmaker, Cherel Ito, captured this image through the lens of her camera as she traveled through Nepal. According to the Gregorian calendar, the year was 1978. However, it is interesting to note that according to the Nepalese calendar, the year would have been 2034. The Nepal patro (traditional calendar) is approximately 56 years and 8 ½ months ahead of the time table that we follow here in theUnited States. Last week, in mid-April, the Nepalese people rang in the New Year of 2068.
Cherel Ito was on her own personal schedule to learn all she could, in her life time, about people and cultures all over the globe. During the years 1978 to 1997 (according to the Gregorian calendar), Cherel visited many regions of the United States and many other countries as she fulfilled her dream of capturing portraits of people in societies that moved her. Sensitivity to issues important to her gender is reflected in much of her photography. It is for this reason her work is hailed as “an important contribution” to the growing collection of documentary photography at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. www.nmwa.org.
In the forward of the book Through the Lens of Her Camera, Lani Hall Alpert wrote that Cherel and her husband Teiji’s journeys throughout Europe, Haiti and Nepal were in search to “capture the truth of what it means to be alive mapped across miles of faces.”
What the journey means to be alive, is much different to a parent with a child with juvenile diabetes than to a parent with a healthy child. There is an independent film that shows the face of juvenile diabetes in Nepal. http://xnepali.com/movies/documentary-life-for-a-child/.
Thankfully, in this Year of 2068 in Nepal, there is more hope that Nepalese children living a diabetic life can survive. Although for many, it is geographically difficult to obtain insulin and medical care. At least supplies have been made available to children of Nepal, thanks Rotary Clubs of Australia.