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I am going to be a porter on the trail to Everest Base Camp, make a 30 min video of my journey & photographic portraits of the porters.
I am going to be a porter on the trail to Everest Base Camp, make a 30 min video of my journey & photographic portraits of the porters.
46 backers pledged £5,015 to help bring this project to life.

Mission accomplished

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Hello All

Just wanted to share the news that the film I made of my experience has been accepted at this year's Kendal Mountain Festival.

When I set out to do the project I had one thing in mind: to make a film that was shown at my local film festival. So with it happening I am obviously as chuffed as a chuffed thing. It is in the 'Fight' section of films - don't ask me why - but I'm not sure when or where it will be showing.

The Festival is on from Thursday 17th til Sunday 20th of November. I will be around for a fair bit of that time and more than happy to share a beer with any of you. Or all of you!

Thanks once again for your support. I wouldn't have gotten this far without your help.

Keep smiling

Rob

PS My next project brewing is to work deep underground with the silver miners in Potosi, Bolivia next summer. Mad eh?

Giving a Royal Geographical Lecture on my project

Hi All

Hope that this finds you in fine fettle.

Thought that I would let you know that I will be giving an RGS lecture on my experience of being a porter at The Box venue in Kendal on Thursday March 17th. The doors open for drinks at 7 and then I will be on stage from 7.30 til either 9 or I run out of stuff to say (so 9 then).

RGS details
RGS details

What I'm most excited about is that I will be showing the film I made of my experience on a big screen for the first (and maybe only) time. Just getting the re-edited film to this stage has been a big undertaking for me. I think working as a porter was far easier in some ways.

Although it is an RGS event it is open to everyone. There is a £5 charge on the door to cover the venue costs.

Be nice to see a few of your smiley faces out there in the audience.

Once again, thank you for helping to make my mad dream happen.

Best wishes

Rob

PS My next adventure may find me working as a miner in Bolivia. Only problem is that I am claustrophobic. Watch this space.

Geographical podcast

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Hi guys

Just to let you know that an article of my porter experience is appearing in the Essential Gear section of this month's Geographical magazine.

They also recorded an interview with me at The Royal Geographical Society last week to put together a podcast. Think it has given a good flavour of what I got up to in Nepal.

Here is a link to the podcast if you fancy a listen.

http://www.geographical.co.uk/magazine/geocast/item/855-head-own-on-top-of-the-world

best wishes

Rob

Disappointment and Success - two sides of the same coin.

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Hi All

I was Disappointed that the film I made of i porter did not get selected for Kendal Mountain Festival recently. Gutted in fact. However, I had good feedback from the organisers and will take on board their advice and go for a re-edit to make it tighter and perhaps a more manageable chunk for other festival viewers to sit through (I'm planning on cutting it back from its current 30 minutes to a 20 minute film). Once I'm happy I'll then enter the piece to other film festivals - thanks for the advice that some of you have already filtered through in terms of where I might try and place it.

And now to Success, a much happier thing to report. The exhibition at The Royal Geographical Society last week went very well. More than 500 people came along to see it, including 110 on the reception evening. It got a very good response and has raised several hundred pounds for Porters' Progress UK. Thanks to some of you who made it along on the night. (I've attached 2 pics from the reception evening.)

I'm sorry that I have not gotten out the Pledges to you as promised so far, it has been a busy two months with one thing or another. I plan on going into the darkroom early in January to get the silver gelatin porter portraits printed up, signed and sent out, together with the other items. I'm hoping to have the film re-edit done by then as well. So thank you for your patience.

Other than that things have gone quiet. Next up on my 'Things to Do' list is a collaborative project with Harriet, my wife (the brilliant writer/poet), that aims to celebrate the beauty and value of trees. Watch this space, as they say.

That only leaves me to wish you all a brilliant festive season and I hope that 2015 turns out to be a superb year for you all.

And a massive thanks for supporting my project.

Keep smiling

Rob

Your Invite to the Private Viewing of the i porter exhibition

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Hi All

I am happy to attach an invite to the private view of the i porter exhibition at The Royal Geographical Society, London on the evening of November 26th.

It will be a swanky affair with drinks and nibbles, held to support the tremendous work carried out by Porters' Progress UK. I will be talking about the project, the film will be showing and you will get the chance to see my photographic prints up close. Nick Mason, director of International Porter Protection Group will also be talking.

I would love to see some, or all of you there.

And then when it's all done, we head out to find a nice pub. There must be somewhere in Kensington to get a decent pint.

Keep smiling

Rob

PS Still haven't heard whether my film has been accepted yet for KMF.

i porter - invite to the private reception
i porter - invite to the private reception