A series of photo stories from my trip to Nepal (Sep 2017 - Dec 2017)
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Lagankhel bus station was one of my favourite place to visit in Kathmandu. It was always bustling with activity, people selling fruit, veg, clothes, balloons, candy floss, all while buses rammed with people would arrive and depart. Sometimes a bus would struggle to drive into the bus station area because a stall would be blocking the entrance. The sellers would have to pack up all their products and move somewhere else to let the bus enter.
One particular day it was extremely busy, people were rushing to buy new clothes for the upcoming festival, it's tradition to buy a new set of clothes to wear on the day of celebration. It was almost impossible to walk down street, there were people everywhere! The most fascinating things I witnessed was when the sun set. All the street sellers would get out torches and head torches so they could carry on selling in the dark. This was perfect opportunity for me to capture the street sellers dimly lit under torchlight. The images below were all taken in the Lagankhel bus station area over a space of three months.
This story shows a series of images all taken in areas around the huge ring road that circles Kathmandu. Some parts are up to eight lanes wide, unfinished sections are still to be developed causing huge amounts of dust. Kathmandu is the fifth most polluted city in the world (according to the 2017 pollution index). Slow development of the roads has caused there to be even more traffic which in turn has made the city extremely polluted. Health issues related to pollution have become a major issue in the country. After a day of walking around taking photos my clothes would be covered in dust, I had to constantly keep a cloth on me to wipe away dust from my lens!
My first experience of a crossroads to the south of the ring road was quite terrifying to say the least! After becoming more used to the traffic I decided to follow the road and document the people and places I saw along the way:
I spent 12 days trekking through the Ruby Valley towards the foothills of the Ganesh Himal mountain range. We walked through small rural communities along the way eventually reaching our midway point of a hot springs situated in a narrow valley not far from the Ganesh II peak. I started the trek later than the rest of the group so I hiked alone with two guides for four days to meet the group. This was my first time trekking, so it took a bit of getting used to, especially with a huge bag plus my camera gear!
It was a fascinating experience to explore these very rural communities that were up to three days walk from any drivable roads. We would pass lines of horses and buffalo transporting goods from the nearest town, and see people carrying huge loads covering miles of ground every day. It was interesting to visit these mountainous communities that were so disconnected from the rest of Nepal.
Rochan lives in a small village called Bhimiri Gaun in the Gorkha region of Nepal. I lived with Rochan and his family for a few weeks, over a space of 3 months. Although he spoke almost no English we made a strong connection, when I first arrived in the village Rochan and his brother Kochan looked after me for the day, we spent the day playing football, badminton and cards. We picked fruit from the trees and walked to the top of the hill and got a glimpse of the Himalayas, It was brilliant to discover this new village through the eyes of these children.
I was constantly intrigued by Rochan he was a hugely intelligent boy who took on a lot of responsibilities for his family, our group quickly nicknamed him "future chief" he would cut the grass, collect foliage for the goats and buffalo to eat. Pick potatoes, prepare food and make flour. These photos give a small glimpse into the life of a 12-year-old Nepalese child.
This series documents some of the candy floss street sellers of Kathmandu. I would often visit Lagankhel bus station, and Shajha Kinmel Kendra market on my days off, there were hundreds of street sellers in this area and I enjoyed documenting the different sellers.
Most of the candy floss sellers were very young they would walk about all day selling, chatting and laughing with each other. I loved the vibrancy of the pink candy floss and seeing it pass above a crowd of people.