1. This particular phase of Satwa Guna Project (http://www.photodesign.ro) is developed in collaboration with Mirza Ali the founding president of Pakistan Youth Outreach Programme: http://www.pakyouthoutreach.com/.
    Times have changed, and today women in Pakistan are working in areas which were previously designed for men (army, police).Despite the progress made by women, society and government, females continues its efforts in exclusively male domains. Climbing is one of them. Lack of information in society about mountain sports (climbing), the fact that is an expensive sport, prejudices about women inability to climb, absence from home in a wilderness area are several reasons that explain the lack of women in Pakistani alpine world.
    This project should not be isolated, he is part of a larger project that will culminate with the climbing of Everest by a Pakistani woman. We know that Everest was climbed by Iranian women, Indian women, Nepalese women. No Pakistani woman has ever climbed a 8000m peak. This is ironic if we think that Pakistan has 5 of the 14 peaks over 8000m in the world.
    The wrong messages sent worldwide start here, describing a hostile nation against women. In this project promoting women climber will help create a correct image of Pakistan. The project consists of climbing a 6400m peak (for acclimatization) culminating with the actual climb of one of the first peak over 7000m located in Shimshal, region of Pakistan. Surrounded by countless peaks inspiring and exciting, glaciers, alpine meadows and hiking trails,Shimshal is the most inaccessible village at 3000m altitude.
    Harsh conditions led to the development and improvement of special alpine techniques, which had also been a remarkable contribution to Pakistan’s mountaineering history. Men of Shimshal are recognized globally as guides and climbers in altitude. Twenty men from the village Shimshal climbed one or more peaks over 8000m in Pakistan, an unmatched act by other village residents. Rajab Shah becomes the first Pakistani men who climbs five peaks over 8000m in Pakistan.

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SATWA GUNA (Illusion of Forms)

Stelian Pavalache

SATWA GUNA PROJECT or ILLUSION OF FORMS represents an ample photographic project that is based on photographic interpretation of the universal concept of diversity in unity.
Over time countless philosophers, anthropologists, writers, spiritual leaders,…


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SATWA GUNA PROJECT or ILLUSION OF FORMS represents an ample photographic project that is based on photographic interpretation of the universal concept of diversity in unity.
Over time countless philosophers, anthropologists, writers, spiritual leaders, scholars and researchers from various fields have accredited the fascinating idea of the similarities found between peoples in many forms in which man is shown (faith,tradition, customs, spiritual activities etc.) managed to give birth to a fantastic inner soul searching those who want to materialize this through an art form.
This way, 10 years ago was born the first stage of the project : scientific documentation, anthropological documentation, depth study of comparative religions, historical documentation, geo political study and not at least scholastic study of spiritual practices ,materializing finally in 2001 with the project start that departs from scientific and technical knowledge,sliding towards spiritual imaginative and metaphysics world of nature and human evolution through a sufficiently pure and spontaneous art form, photography. Promising to the future an unchanged visual reality and well documented.

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