While in Nepal we took part in The Beyond Workshop. One of the days we went to the outskirts of Kathmandu to try and capture some real life moments of the hard working people of Nepal. We went there to primarily to meet the women harvesting the fields, but next to the fields we found families working at a brick factory in the valley, making bricks with their bare hands.
We talked to them and they showed us how to make bricks, some of them came up to us and wanted us to take their photo without us even asking, even though they were working hard and not really taking breaks, they posed in front of us and giggled as they saw the results on our cameras. We gave some of them polaroid photos as a memory. They told us that they work and live 7 months a year at the factory, then they go home to the village as the monsoon starts. Some of them worked to save money to study abroad, some to support their families. As the sun settled on the horizon the factory ovens were still glowing hot but it was time for us to leave.
Holi festival of color is a religious Hindu celebration that happens once a year. It’s a celebration of the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring and end of winter. For us it just happen to be the perfect ending and most vibrant experience on our trip to Nepal.
Our last day in Nepal we went out on the streets in Kathmandu armed with color powder and a smiling face to be part of the big celebration that was going on the streets of the city.
Early March this year we had the opportunity to go to Nepal. A country we’ve never visited before but always wanted to go to. Arriving early in the morning we were surprised over how much it reminded us of the Northern India, (maybe not that surprising after all since they’re neighbours).
But Nepal felt like a calmer India. That said our minds did have a hard time to find peace in Kathmandu because of all the cars that were beeping on the streets, people walking everywhere and street dogs running and the heavy pollution in the air that created a constant layer of grey dust over the city. But we were still touched by Nepal and by Kathmandu, mostly because of it’s people. For most people visiting Nepal, Kathmandu is just a short stop on the way to the mountains.
Just about a year ago Nepal were all over the news after a big earthquake struck the country with a magnitude of 7.9. Many people died and lost their homes and schools where destroyed, also a lot of tourism disappeared as a consequence of the earthquake. Help didn’t arrive when it should have and people are still struggling to get their life back to normal. The same morning we arrived we decided to go out on the streets with our cameras to get a better feeling of the city, as we walked the streets and talked to people one thing they all mentioned was the earthquake and how happy they were to see tourists. (A lot of their economy is built on tourism), all of the people we stopped to talk to took time to speak to us, even though all of them didn’t speak english we did find a way to share some moments together and to share some smiles.
People of Nepal are some of the most warm hearted people we have meet and that’s what we are taking with us back home. We can all share our smiles with each other even though we do not speak the same language. We hope some of these photos reflects the beauty of the people of Nepal that we meet on our trip.