For any of you who have been wondering where the rich cover for our 2009 Asia brochure comes from, it was taken by Intrepid traveller Jennifer Broomhall in Varanasi, India.
The woman in the photo was a guest at a wedding and she was going to fill her urn with water from the Holy Ganges. Jennifer says she loves the “brightness” and the way the sun catches the jewels on the sari. “The contrast of her work-worn hands holding such an ornate urn adds to the beauty of this special moment.”
Jennifer started backpacking in 1968 and had a little Rolie camera for her and her husband’s first trip – overlanding in South East Asia. “We started in Singapore, then headed to Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos. A few months to rebuild the funds in Hong Kong, then a cargo ship to Taiwan and another boat to the Ryukyu Islands and the southern tip of Japan.”
This was the beginning of a life-long love of photography and travel for Jennifer. “I started backpacking when I was twenty and newly married. We loved the adventure. Forty years and three children later – and still married to the same man – the children have all left home and we are loving hitting the road again,” she said.
“We still choose to backpack, stay in hostels and use local transport. It keeps us young. I feel like I am still in my twenties.”
So where’s next for Jennifer? “I want to go to South America: Peru, Bolivia, the Altiplano and Machu Picchu.”
If you’d like to be in the running to have your own photo on the cover of the 2010 brochures, don’t forget to enter the Intrepid Photography Competition.