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Remember Nepal | The Monk and the Birds

Remember Nepal | The Monk and the Birds

Kathmandu was a magical place, it really saddened me to hear the news of the earth quake that devastated the city and all its rich cultural heritage. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been there so recently and just before the disaster and was able to see all the magical sites around the city.

So with this I begin a series of images where I remember Nepal in all its beauty. Many of the buildings, and quite possibly some of the people, you will see in this series are no longer there. They were shaken and reduced to a pile of rubble. However Nepal has seen the terrible force of nature before and they rebuilt. That is what is happening now, as we speak, the resilient Nepali people are once again gathering their strength, everyone pitching in to rebuild the nation.

This image is of a monk at Kathmandu Durbar Square. He stood there, almost motionless, the entire time I was watching him, hardly even flinching as the pigeons flew all around him. It was while I was taking this photo that I was approached and asked to be photographed myself – the tourist became the attraction. With my long, strawberry blonde hair I had then and my 186 cm height I stood out from the crowd. Yet another fond memory of one of my favourite places on Earth.

Beppe has been a nomad for over 8 years by now, he admits it gets tiresome but finds no use in fighting it.

“Sometimes life wants you to move, so you move.”