My Multimedia story on the work of Nepalese Dr Sanduk Ruit, and his Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology shot last month in Kathmandu with support of the Fred Hollows Foundation has just been published to the independent journalism website
Over the last eighteen months I have been absorbing as much as I about creating short video for the web. Technology in camera’s, changes in the way media presents itself visually and the opportunity the web presents for video has got me very enthusiastic about the possibilities of multimedia.
My core business remains still photography. I have twenty seven years experience walking around with cameras working for someone, creating mainly portraits and documentary photography for editorial and organisations, with some NGO advertising.
When I had the opportunity to travel to Kathmandu this October with Fred Hollows Foundation for the launch of the 20 Years of Australia and Nepal Blindness Prevention Photo Exhibition I wanted to create while I was there a multimedia on Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmolgy and the work of Dr Sanduk Ruit. Dr Ruit and the projects of his and Tilganga I have been photographing on and off for 20 years since my first eye camp in Mustang Nepal in 1992.
Filming video and making still photographs at the same time can be difficult to do well especially without an assistant. I decided to work in one visual format at a time during work on this trip. Still photography and a photo essay would be my concentration for the short three day trip with Dr Ruit, Dr Geoff Tabin and Dr Alan Crandall to Hetauda Community Eye Hospital which is 180 kms from Kathmandu.
The photo essay would tell the personal story of the patient on one patient Chameli Devi who completely blind has her sight restored in both eyes.
Video I decided would be made following Dr Ruit and the work at Tilganga in Kathmandu and it would revolve around a two hour long interview Dr Ruit kindly made with me during a particularly busy time in his busy life and at a time his mother was very ill in hospital. All of the scenes are filmed during this time except some time lapse I filmed on my previous trip to Nepal in 2011 to Dolakha.
All stills and video were made on the new Canon 5 D Mark 3, while sound was captured on a Zoom H4N sound recording device with Rode shotgun mic and Sennhiser Lavalier Microphone.
Thanks to Mike Bowers and the team at The Global Mail for making it happen, Tony Falkner with his help with the text, Ella Rubeli editing photographs and Daniel Kirkwood for his beautiful video edit.
Thank you to Dr Sanduk Ruit, Dr Geoff Tabin, Dr Reeta Gurung, Kedar Acharya, Khim Gurung, Santosh Sharma and all the team Tilganga so many to mention.
Thank you to Nina Murphy, Andy Nilsen, Hugh Rutherford, Joe Boughton-Dent and Dave Britton and his team from the Fred Hollows Foundation for their support.