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Guest 23-Oct-2012 19:00
Hello Matt, I share an interest in Photography as well as your name with you. You have excellent work posted here which I have enjoyed viewing. If you are interested in seeing my photos search your name at Flickr and see user name 1riverat
Chandre Sekaran 03-Mar-2011 07:10
Hello Mat,

All your photos are great, especialy portraits of people.
I like the most of "The Green Eyes of Nepal Laxmi"

Thanks and appreciate your sharing.

Elvie Golding 28-Oct-2009 18:47
You are an amazing artist with eyeson beaty. You are definitely gifted in high talent of arts and your photos sends lots of culture feedbacks. I am a traveler myself and loves landscafe photography. I did it a lot of this back in college with friends before the digital camera. It was a lot of fun and lots of money for me during that time also when I was attending college of Engineering from Saint Louis University, Philippines.I have to stop. Now, I still take photos here and there but not like yours! You are owesome and lucky to see the places you have been. Thank you for sharing your photos in public and I wish you a very goodluck in your next trip. I will tell my friends about your photo entries and I bet they will feel the same like me. You definitely have lots of courage to take some of your photos in some forbidden places. God bless. Takecare.
Sox 21-Jun-2009 16:44
Hello Matt,

Your pictures inspire me!! esp the portraits of people.
Thanks, you bring the soul of travelling and the people to life.
Hope I can do that one day...
Any tips of ever doing that?
ellen gabardi 20-Nov-2008 04:14
max woodliff's mom sent your photos to me so i could see the afghanistan trip ... i'm curious: do you sell any of your images? there are three from that gallery that i would love to purchase if you do ... thank you, ellen gabardi (madison,ms)
cathy stroud 28-Sep-2008 17:19
Hi Matt,
I'm Cathy Stroud, Clayton Dinkins' aunt. Continued FABULOUS work!!! Where are you in your education, and what are your plans? I love photography, and am about to upgrade to a slr digital. I was considering a Canon eos40d or a Nikon. What do you recommend?
Mikhail Shlemov17-Sep-2008 23:01
Hi Matt - thanks for your comment on my Arctic gallery.

I'm amazed that you got to travel all these different and nice places and get so professional photos!
Good luck & kind regards,
Guest 03-Sep-2008 13:00

Great travel photography. I am really impressed!

Good look!

Best Regards,

Ganya12-Jul-2008 07:58
If only there could be more talented people like you on pbase...
jchapel26-Jun-2008 09:07
Nice photographs mate. I agree with Love Joshi! Amazing snaps and you are too good for a 20 year old. i think you must take photography more seriously as i can see some good potential in you.
James Chapel
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Guest 11-Nov-2007 03:20
I was checking out the CCH website and felt a need to donate to the cause. What an astonishing life these people live and the CCH seems like an oasis in the middle of the chaos.
Your favorite Aunt
Guest 08-Jul-2007 16:04
You are now in my fovourite artists, it's nice to have discovered your precious photo-works. Ciao, Paolo
Guest 16-Jun-2007 12:09
For some reason, your pictures really cheered me up.
Guest 08-Mar-2007 07:50
I'm simply loss for words. Kudos!
Douglas 09-Dec-2006 20:14
Excellent, love it!
Guest 21-Nov-2006 00:07
Matt - thanks for your comment. I'm amazed that you got to travel all these different places! It must be wonderful to experience all the cultural diversity this planet has to offer. I hope one day I can do the same.

Xi wang kan dao ni geng duo de zhao pian. xie xie.
Gil Spitz 17-Nov-2006 01:17
Everyone is amazed at photos which ur grandmother so proudly displays
Matt Reichel10-Oct-2006 15:02
thanks for all the comments! in response to the guest two below, i always ask before taking a portrait or kindo of closer more invasive photo, but as for distance shots normally not. It's a tough call, and you really have to judge the people and culture around you. for example, people in Mongolia love cameras and really like it and see it more as an honor when you take their picture, where as people in Bolivia hate it and see cameras more as evil time freezers. Thanks again for the comment, I really appreciate it!
Eleazar Tan 10-Oct-2006 12:30
Wow I am bowled over - all the countries and such beautiful photos.
Guest 10-Oct-2006 09:46
wow. I love all the people you took. did you have to ask them first? i love person/people in pictures,adds character and got a gift, matt! ( is that stating the obvious?)
Waqas Usman27-Sep-2006 16:43
Thanks for your comment on my KKH travel gallery, Khush Aamdeed, welcome to Pakistan!

You're quite a traveler, my role model :P I'd also love to know the secret of financing all these trip (except if you inherited millions :P).
Clyne18-Sep-2006 15:35
Hi Matt, lots of great images here. Thanks for your comment on my crucifixion gallery - very few people can think of anything to say about it ;-)
Guest 25-Aug-2006 06:29

There are so many images to browse here I will have to come back - what a wonderful site. You have been to some beautiful places and it is fantastic that you can share some of that experience with us all.

catherine stroud 18-Aug-2006 12:43

i am clayton's aunt and a photographer as well, your work is fantastic! ty for sharing!

Pamela 06-Jul-2006 09:09
What a great site
Prashant Burman 04-Jul-2006 06:02
Hi Matt,

Being a person from Kalimpong,India, I have never seen such beautiful places. They are really amazing pictures

Love Joshi 03-Jul-2006 11:11
hey Matt,

just stumbled across your pictures of Kolkata and India on my way to pictures of Sikkim... must say buddy, for a 19 year old, you've got a real potential at clicking good pictures :) i really enjoyed all your pictures and will keep my eyes and ears open for more pics on your profile :)

keep up clicking awsome pics... they are really good... cheers!
Ryan 02-Jul-2006 13:50
Excellent, love it!
Angela 01-Jul-2006 03:13
Wonderful and informative web site.I used information from that site its great.
N Targain 13-Jun-2006 10:36
Hello Matt, Thank you for the images of the Pakang Lepchas. I am a Lepcha business man based in London. UK. Your vivid pictures of my people have impressed themselves in my mind. Thank you once again
Sunit 31-May-2006 13:53
Thanks for sharing your photos, they are great.
Please let me know, how do you afford to travel so much, both in terms of money and time ?

Urvi 08-Jan-2006 03:49

Hello Matt!

Being honest, I have not checked, so far, your other galleries except of Nepal. Being a Nepalese, I just plunged into your snaps of my "Maatri-Bhumi" Nepal.

Awesome shots...!!! The way you capture those moments of either the Sadhu on Pashupati or those naive kids on Siruwari Balami Gau, they are just superb.

You make me feeling so nostalgic of my home away from home....!!!

Great Job!

27 IDX 106 - Odinn 22-Nov-2005 13:01
Good website, you have here.
I put my step in your guestbook.

Welcome to my website as well

Best greetings
Tiffany Tan 05-Nov-2005 01:49
Hi Matt,
My friend from Brown, Kelly W., told me about all your adventures and I just wanted to say that I think it's amazing that you've had the opporunity to visit so many countries and meet so many people. Your photos are beautiful and I look forward to seeing the new ones after your trip this December. Have fun!
DAWA LEPCHA 17-Sep-2005 11:19
Rebeca 09-Sep-2005 13:43
Hola Matt!
Estoy super impresionada de tus fotos tan preciosas. Y cuando he visto que las ha hecho un chico tan jóven, me he quedado alucinada. Me gustaría poder hacer lo mismo que tu, viajar por el mundo y conocer a las culturas y personas. Pero no sé por donde empezar. Quizas tengas algún tipo de consejo para mi. Me encantaría saber más de ti y tu manera de vivir.
Me llamo Rebeca y tengo 24 años. Soy española, pero vivo en Alemania. De momento estoy estudiando medicina altenativa y homeopatía. Me encataría conocer las medicinas "naturales" que usan por ejemplo los tibetanos o los indios. ¿Sabes por donde puedo empezar?
Un saludo muy cordial desde Colonia!
Guest 26-Aug-2005 03:57
Matt - like your thinking and also your photography. This moment is all that matters. What has gone is in the past and the future - well, we have no idea of what it will bring, so why worry about it. Now is the only time, be content! Lucky to be able to visit all those amazing places, look forward to returning to see what else you have added of the now!
nomada17-Aug-2005 20:11
Hola Matt!!
Thanks a lot for your coments.
Saludos desde Madrid
Guest 15-Aug-2005 02:51
The pictures taken in Mongolia are exquisite, by far, one of your best works. By the way, I like the...beard. You look GREAT. Glad you are home. Love, Grandma
Pam 29-Jul-2005 11:54
Sawaddee Kha Matt
I've never know you before but I do love your lovely mind,attitude and also nice photos..
namaste Matt jee,
Here and Now in Thailand
Guest 19-Jul-2005 15:50
Hi Matt,
Remember me? I am a friend of your mom and Aunt Lori's. I live in Florida now. I just saw your photos and am totally blown away! I love the photos of people, especially the children. Also, the one with the hand in the rain was really cool! I haven't seen you in years-but I always ask about you and wish you all the best at Brown and in your travels!! Thank you for sharing yur amazing images! Daryn (Jillian's mom!)
Mike Reichel 12-May-2005 17:37
hey this is the most insporing website. your pics. are amazing. have fun in china
Guest 06-Apr-2005 04:39
I have seen your work and they are trully wonderful pieces in your gallery. I have been to China 3 years ago and hoping to go back in the near future. I will be posting my photos of my trip later on, but if you have a chance in China you must try and visit Inner Mongolia. The sights there are outstanding. KEEP up with the great photo images. Good luck to your school year in Beijing.
Guest 28-Mar-2005 07:15
Matt, you have visited many country and taken many nice photos.
Can i make friends and share my photos with you?

(Hong Kong)
Micke 22-Mar-2005 09:30
Nice page
grandma & Gil 20-Mar-2005 22:44
Dear Matt,

Happy Birthday. We are always thinking about you , but especially, today. Miss you and love you. Again, Happy, Happy, Birthday.

Love, Grandma & Gil
lori 19-Mar-2005 18:25
Dear Matt, Happy Birthday!!!!! We love and miss you. Love all of the new pictures they are amazing! Give a call sometime. Love you, Aunt Lori and Family
grandma 18-Mar-2005 20:10
Aunt RJ and I just finished looking at your new pictures from Yunnan. We adored the children.It seem all the people open up to you, and you catch their inner spirit with your fantastic lens. Love to you Matt. Grandma
Bobby Dhungana 18-Mar-2005 03:51
Hey Matt, I am a Nepali living in Canada.
I have lived here for 2 years now and I am attending the University of Calgary in Calgary, AB, Canada. Just wanted to say thank you so much for all those pictures, because even in my 16 years in Nepal, I did not have the opportunity to travel freely. And now that I am here in Canada, going back seems like a long shot because of school. But thank you so much for all those wonderful pictures and thank you so much for being with those poor families. You made them smile, and that is the greatest of all tasks. Thank you so much for doing all those things that I wanted to do in my own country, but unfortunately could not. God bless you my friend.
Guest 14-Mar-2005 05:06
You have an exciting life ahead of you. Use your talent for GOOD.
lori silverman 14-Dec-2004 22:24
Dear Matt,
Brown will be lucky to have you!!! Your pictures are amazing and I can't wait to see more on your China trip. We are all so happy and proud of you!!!
Lori, Steve, Dan, Greg, and Sami
Tara Rana 29-Nov-2004 10:12
HI Matt!
Ma timilai maya garchhu! Just testing your Nepali, hope you are not swept by it. I live in India though originaly belong to Nepal. I always wanted to feel/see the life in Nepal and your photographs have trully given me opportunity to experience and imagine life in Nepal. Appreciate your good work. I hope to return to Nepal after my studies and work as a social worker and may take up journalism eventually.
I love Nepal. Thanks for those amazing, speaking pictures.
Hari 21-Oct-2004 08:04
Matt, I have seen all your pics (posted on the site!!) and they are amazing. There is a senstivity to the photographs and I relate to it. Keep up the good work.
Guest 09-Oct-2004 23:51
It is wonderful you are travelling the world and experiencing so much of life at the age you are now. I can imagine there would be many fun-filled adventures to tell. You seem to have a great organization you're working through too.

I'm looking forward to a trip to Sao Paulo Brazil to create a charitable project working with photographers. I want to collect photographs for a book entitled "Through the Eyes of an Angel". This book would be photos of children without parents captured in expressions of joy and celebration. If you have knowledge of people or organizations that would further this please let me know.

Thank you Matt!
Luis A. Gomez 20-Sep-2004 15:40
Hola Mateo!!
Que alegria ver tu galeria y fotos. Nunca dejas de sorprenderme. Sabes que tus fotos y los Santos del Peru que me enviaste fue el primer correo que recibi en mi casa. Eso fue una bendicion. Tengo unos de los Santos colgado sobre el umbral de la entrada a la casa para tener su bendicion hoy y siempre. Tus fotos de la India son magnificas ya las tengo en un album especial. Me gustan mas tus fotos de personas que de sitios y cosas. Tomas tantos mensajes de la vida en sus rostros y expresiones. Te echamos mucho de menos pero sabemos que este programa sera de muy beneficioso para ti y para la escuela. Aunque me daria mucha pena espero que te aprueben el ano en China. Cuidate. Te quiere mucho tu amigo y consejero, Senor Gomez.
Hutch 14-Sep-2004 09:32
Good job keep it up.
Please visit our website : Thailand Hotels Reservation
elizabeth crow 27-Aug-2004 05:44
Hi Matt! I'm going on the Dragons Himalaya semester in two weeks! My name is Elizabeth and I'm hoping to focus on photography while I'm there, as it appears you have done! Your photographs are amazingly sharp and beautifully composed! I had a question about your camera, as to how long you've been using it and if you have experience with other kinds of digital cameras (in specific, the Nikon cameras). I have a Nikon D70 and right now the lense is DX SWM ED IF Aspherical. My dad has a Canon EOS10D, and it's considerably heavier than the Nikon. I am wondering if you know of any significant differences in the quality of image between the two. Could you give me any recommendations towards which one I should take? Thank you very much for your time and for your wonderful pictures!
Guest 25-Aug-2004 19:41
Hey Matt, I've viewed your galleries a few times now. You have some wonderful captures. Drop me a line as soon as you set up your China gallery. I'm sure it will be as impressive as the others. Regards, Ira
Gary Senkus15-Aug-2004 03:44
This is what you missed.

some good reading there.
Guest 06-Aug-2004 17:14
Hi Matt,

Thanks for taking the time to look at my galleries, and for leaving the comment on my Macau gallery! I really must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Macau, since I had only heard about the gambling and vices to be found there!

I'm really impressed by the way you portray people! I agree with many of the previous posters, that it is remarkable how you are able to empathise, and hence portray with feeling, people from all of these different cultures around the world!

I'm heading to Cambodia in a few weeks, and hope to replicate some of the magic that you have - although I am sure that it will be a long time before I am able to come anywhere close to your level of ability!

Keep updating the gallery! I for one will be very keen to see where you head to next!
grandma 02-Aug-2004 01:54
I love visiting your gallery to share with you all the wonderful people and places and beautiful pictures that open the world to me through you. I'm so proud of you. Love Grandma
monique jansen19-Jul-2004 10:48
A great and wonderful collection of photographs from around teh world. Maybe we will bump into each other in China, as I will also be travelling there in Sept-Oct - although it is a big country
guest 03-Jul-2004 08:01
Thanks for sharing your photos, they are great. I have a few questions/comments, sorry to be longwinded:

How do you afford to travel so much, both in terms of money and time (aren't you in school?)

Also, I found the references to 'alternate cultures' and 'corners of the globe' mildly offensive. These phrases are egocentric and miss the most essential thing one can learn from travel: while language, material culture, and other customs change around the globe and throughout history, people are basically the same everywhere.

Sorry to sound off. Honestly, great pics.
Shawna 08-May-2004 20:05

I am speechless. At 17, you demonstrate more curiosity and empathy for alternate cultures than 99% of the world's populace ever will! I anxiously await your Galapagos photos!
Guest 15-Apr-2004 03:18

Thanks for dropping by and looking at my Mali gallery. I appreciate your comment. I can tell I am going to have to take some time and go through your very interesting site.

And you are right, certainly there have always been beautiful and interesting people in the corners of the globe I have travelled.
Chuck Kuhn26-Feb-2004 04:32
So how does a old man over 50 (going on 25) get involved with international service. Amazing diary you have here.
Guest 30-Jan-2004 03:07

Your galleries are excellent, full of compassion and understanding for people and their surroundings. I mentioned it in your Nepal 2003 Gallery and repeat it again: "You are a talented photographer". I share you travel obsession as a way of positive life affirmation. There is so much we can learn by immersing ourself among people from different cultures and appreciating our common humanity. Thanks for your pics again and keep up the good work around the world.
Guest 25-Jan-2004 10:49
Dear Matt,
You have a wonderful collection of pictures. I like the way you document the life of the people you portrait by including parts of their culture and way of life in the pictures. Thanks for dropping a line in my guestbook by the way.
Best regards,
Patrik Maechler15-Jan-2004 17:22
Hello Matt,

I found your gallery while browsing trough pbase and i just like it.
Seems that you have many other talents, besides of the really nice people portraits on your gallery, and i really like your statement about travelling in your bio. I feel just the same

Best regards from Zurich

Guest 12-Jan-2004 03:52
Hi Matt,

Thank you for your kind encouraging words on my site earlier. I see that you get about the world quite a bit. It's always nice to see faces from all over the world from different cultures and backgrounds and you have a lot of that in your galleries.

May the wind in your sails take you to even more places.

Best Wishes,
John Glines24-Nov-2003 02:46
Glad you liked my pictures of Nepal. I enjoyed not only your pictures of Nepal but pictures from all parts of the world. Your love of the people is evident.
Guest 14-Nov-2003 19:48
Hello Matt,
Thanks for your comments. Fantastic photos you have...thanks for sharing!

Danny Cambré19-Oct-2003 17:21
Hello Matt,

thank you for your comments on my photo's, I'm glad you enjoyed them.
I really enjoyed your Nepal gallery, I've spend a month there in 1994, trekking up to Everest base camp (or Kalar Patar anyway), and I'm hoping to get back there next year (ten years after) to get to Mustang. My visits are limited to my yearly leave though, it looks as if you've spend a bit more time and got around more.
As far as Vietnam and Cambodia goes, I can only recommend you going there. Particulary Vietnam is one of my favorite places that I've been to. Beautifull country, beatifull people and great food.

onyeoru onyeoeze 15-Oct-2003 05:20
l was surfing about something before reaching here,l love and l will officially visit again.
Guest 25-Sep-2003 10:46
Hi l'm Alex Lim from Malaysia..
So,are you visit to Malaysia before??

Hope you can coming over to Malaysia
My email address is
Guest 07-Sep-2003 06:50
Thanks for the nice words you left in my forum, and you too have many beautiful shots taken in your galleries. Keep it up! Cheers!
PauloCGama04-Sep-2003 10:57
Meus parabéns, não sómente pelas fotos mas também pelo seu aprendizado de tantas línguas. Parabéns mesmo!
Seu trabalho é sensacional, um grande documentário do nosso mundo. Grande abraço!
Matt Reichel04-Sep-2003 02:48
Hi, Oi, Ola, Hola, Namaste, SaWatDee, Bonjour, Guten Tag, SabaiDee, NiHao, Konichiwa, Boujourno, Salut, Alo, Salaam, SuesDay!!!

I speak English. Eu falo Portugues. Yo hablo Espanol. Je parle Francais. Pom phoot pasa thai nit noi khap. Ana atatakalam al-lughata al-arabiyahti. Ma aliali Nepali bolchhu... If you speak it, there is a chance that I will understand it.
PauloCGama04-Sep-2003 02:15
Hi Matt, your photos are fantastic. Really. Great job and thanks for sharing!
Do you also speak portuguese? You wrote very well!!
Guest 27-Aug-2003 21:32
Tus fotos son maravillosas.
He disfrutado mucho con ellas
Gracias por compartirlas
Desde España
aunt rj uncle tom 22-Aug-2003 04:43
matt your pictures are beautiful. thanks for the tour of the country threw your eyes. you are a very special person. we love you.
The Kaiser and Safety First 12-Aug-2003 15:14
Hey Matt,
we are sitting in the Bangkok airport admiring your pictures of Thauiland. They have blown us away and inspired us to travel. But wait! Where are all the pictures of your group from the Thailand trip? Eh? Eh? That is why we have come to Thailand--to see the American people here. And now we are gonna go beat you with a really big stick and then hold you down and force mileek down your throat--because we are your ekdam raamro satis. Caraaazy.
The Kaiser and Safety First
Mansour Mouasher24-Jun-2003 16:18
Thank you Matt for your nice comments on my Jordan gallery web site.
All galleries are updated regularly for your enjoyment.
I must say you have some fantastic shots on-line. Well Done!
Mansour Mouasher
Guest 31-May-2003 05:09
Hello Matt,

thanks for commenting on my Nepal 2002 gallery. I have updated some pics, so feel free to browse through again (Kangchenjunga Trek still needs some more pics to be added.)

I have really enjoyed your galleries. Absolutely taken away by your pictures from Thailand. Awesome stuff, your people's pics show character and class. You will really have easy time to take pics like that in Nepal, people are very friendly and open, scenery is stunning. Just take a little longer zoom (something like 70-200) as not to encroach on people's privacy and you'll get those prize-winning pics when they don't pose and just behave naturally. Kids are altogether another challenge. They just love to be in front of camera...

Good luck in Nepal...
Dad 05-Feb-2003 19:10
I'm proud of your pictures!!!
Trance09-Jan-2003 02:51
I like the felling of your images....come to my site---->Thailand
terri 07-Jan-2003 03:09
you have very beautiful pictures.