“Dangerous but Majestic” – Hussaini Village, Pakistan – Herbert Wong – Featured Photographer
Do you think you have a bad commute in the morning? Well as they say “there is always someone worse off than you so don’t complain, Mr. Whiny Pants”. I think this spectacular image can remove any doubt that the 405 in LA is not as bad as it gets. I doubt these ladies are thinking “At least we don’t have to deal with tailgaters and rush hour traffic”. But who knows?
What I do know is that Herbert has an epic portfolio with images from around the world as good as this one. So after he gives you the full story below check out his sites and read about his amazing adventures.
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The Hussaini Bridge over the rapidly flowing Hunza River in the Upper Hunza/Baltistan of Pakistan connects the Hussaini village to the Karakorum Highway. This area is wildly beautiful, amongst the mountains of the Karakorum, with snow-capped mountains and glaciers within few hours’ walk. This Hussaini Bridge is “new” as the tattered remains of the previous bridge still hangs next to it. Yet there are wide gaps between the planks while the wild side-to-side sway of the bridge makes crossing the bridge an Indian-Jones moment and a real test of courage.
I took this photo on my second visit to this part of Pakistanin 2007, after trekking to the K2 Base Camp. I took a similar photo of the bridge in 1999 but felt that the photo would be more exciting with a foreground subject. I was careful to ensure the photo includes the amazingly beautiful Passu Cathedrals (or Tupopdan Peaks) on the left of the picture as well as circuitous trail that leads to the base of the bridge at the opposite shore. Looking at the photo, one will notice how sturdy the planks are as each piece looks similarly poised and positioned, albeit after eight years.
This area was badly flooded in May 2010. I just hoped that the bridge survived the floods and continues to serve the villagers. I hope to see it again on my next visit to this amazing part of Pakistan.
Camera: Canon 400D
Lens: Sigma 17-70/f2.8-4.5
Shutter speed: 1/320
Focal length: 17mm
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