35mm film photograph of pack mules in the Khumbu Valley, Nepal circa 2015.

Life appeared to be related to value. There was an understanding of the continued efforts to sustain and take care of yourself, to continue your embodied existence.

In society the self was seen and be came part of something else. Here was service and work. Without something to trade, what was your value?

Maybe we got it mixed up. The selling of ourselves on a market didn’t seem like something to measure, but…