[ the other image ]

The Operator

“It is mind work, not physical work”, says Ramkrishna, the man who operated the excavator and constructed most of the mountainous Limi road in 2011.

We spent a couple of days together in Tukling. He was impatiently waiting for diesel to be delivered from China so that he could continue his work. Finally, the fuel arrived and we travelled across the Nyalo Pass. Along the way, Ramkrishna critically commented on the turns he had cut into the flanks of the pass over the previous weeks. The road was still very rough and many of the turns were still too narrow, he explained. Now, with plenty of new diesel, he would be able to go back and widen them. The fuel was deposited in groups of two or three barrels along the road. Makeshift filling stations for the weeks to come.

We reached the construction camp at the end of the road in the early afternoon. The first thing Ramkrishna did was to inspect the dozer and start the engine. He had a quick meal, and off he went to carve wider bends into the mountain until late at night. When I went to bed, I could still hear the excavator from afar.

Privacy Policy

Plain and simple: I take the principle of minimal data collection serious and try hard not to collect or process any personal data beyond the basics required to serve and maintain the website.


  • We do not use cookies.
  • We do not use third party analytics.
  • There is no contact form that would allow you to enter personal data.
  • We do not use advertising to run this website.

In order to serve this website, your IP address and information about your browser, operating system and screen resolution need to be collected and processed. theotherimage.com is a simple, handcrafted, static website hosted by Netlify. It uses fonts by Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit). Both Netlify and Adobe automatically collect usage data, either generated by the use of this website or from the service infrastructure itself. This data is used for accounting and analytic purposes as well as for technical maintenance by these two companies. Neither Netlify nor Adobe use cookies to track you. Specifics can be found in their respective privacy policies.

The videos on this website are hosted by Vimeo. Depending on your browser configuration, Vimeo may use cookies and other tracking technologies as stated in their respective privacy policies.

If you have any questions about this privacy policy, please write to: Martin Saxer, LMU Munich, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oettingenstr. 67, 80538 Munich, Germany.

This privacy policy has been updated on 30 December 2018.