Hand-Pulled Rickshaw Wallah.
Mirroring life alongside barefooted Rickshaw Wallah' in the West Bengal capital of Kolkata for a week. Hauling people and goods for 18 hours a day in the heat and the rain, to earn on and live $2.00 a day, precisely like the pullers themselves. Sleeping rough and eating kerbside, along with the physical, emotional, social and political challenges, This was a firsthand insight into those in extreme poverty and the lengths people will endure to live - Common ground for all of us in the survival of life.
Mt Hiei, Japan
The kaihōgyō ("circling the mountain") is an ascetic practice performed by Tendai Buddhist monks.
A one on one exploration of the spiritual practice of Kaihōgyō, performed by the monks of Mount Hiei, Japan. The practice involves walking a route on Mount Hiei, which takes 1000 days to complete; all the while offering prayers at halls, shrines and other sacred places. The pilgrimage has been completed by less than 50 monks in over a century, and traditionally, any monk who cannot complete it must take their own life.
Great Dividing Range, Australia
A mountain marathon a day through Australia' wilderness, carrying a pack the same size and weight as a microwave, full of sleeping and eating equipment.
But, the distance, the lack of food and sleep were little in comparison to being followed by a pack of wild dogs for a week, crossing that crocodile-infested Daintree River on foot, and an angry farmer who stuffs a shotgun in your mouth. All of these extreme challenges on top of physical and mental exhaustion was a powerful insight into the inner working of the mind.
Circumnavigating An Exploding Jungle Volcano
When the Indonesian Government evacuate 60,000 people from the towns and villages of exploding Mt Sinabung, it should have been a huge warning to stay clear. Seeing an opportunity for a deep-dive into fear and its effects on us, Richard decided, along with a cameraman to explore the intersection of fear and how we progress through its presence.
1,015km of Biblical Land and Misilled Covered Sky
End to End, Israel
Covering two marathons a day through the Negev Desert, urinating blood from dehydrated, running on a crippling foot infection while ducking under missile fire, was a lesson in grit, determination and commitment to a goal. This end to end venture of Israel delved into the grand scale of biblical landscapes as well as the everyday lives of modern Israel.