A Moment of Silence - A series of photographs that preserve Nepal's majestic beauty prior to the devastating and destructive force of the recent earthquakes and tremors. 1. NEPAL. Everest Region, Namche Bazaar. This is the largest village in the Solukhumbu region, surrounding the epicentre of the second 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal. Namche Bazaar is known as the main trading center for the Khumbu region. It rests at an altitude of 3,440m and is one of the main lodging villages for the intrepid Mount Everest trekkers and professional mountaineers. 2. NEPAL. Everest Region, Syangboche. This is the closest airstrip to Mount Everest, resting at an altitude of 12,139ft. It is an unpaved airstrip that services the village of Namche Bazaar, the largest village in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal. 3. NEPAL, Everest Region, Everest Base Camp and Khumbu Glacier. At 4,900 meters at its source, the Khumbu Glacier is the world's highest glacier located at the start of the route to scaling Mount Everest. Just beyond the Khumbu Glacier, between Camps I and II lies the Khumbu IceFall where the avalanche occurred on April 18th, 2014, taking the lives of 16 sherpa guides in what many have described to be modern mountaineering's deadliest single tragedy.
Kristin Lau is a Toronto-based photographer from Queens, New York. She's focused on social documentary, portraiture and the environment. Kristin seeks out stories that raise awareness about the environment to evoke positive change for the natural world and its inhabitants. With roots in Hong Kong and living close to 10-years overseas, Kristin has gained an appreciation for diverse cultures and developed a strong passion for outdoor pursuits, nature and the underwater world. She is a PADI Open Water Scuba diving Instructor, AIDA Freediver, Emergency First Response Instructor, IYT Competent Crew in sailing, martial artist, and mountaineer. Kristin is a contributor for The Huffington Post. Her work has recently been exhibited at the COP21 - Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Legacy Exhibition, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2016, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2015 and SNAP! 2015 Contemporary Photography Silent Auction. Kristin has been featured in ASIAN Geographic Magazine and CHLOE Magazine. She was recently awarded a Silver Place in the Prix De la Photographie (PX3) Competition for her series on Nepalese Workers. She is a graduate of the photojournalism post-graduate program at the SPEOS Photographic Institute in Paris, France. She also holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and Communications with a management adjunct in Business Finance from Binghamton University in New York.