If I were to be accurate, I would call this post “Children of Kathmandu & Lalitpur” but it doesn’t run off the tongue quite as well as its more concise version. So, Children of Kathmandu it is.
I shot all these photos in three days as I explored the two ancient Nepali towns. As many of you know, people are my favourite subjects. I wasn’t planning on doing this series – it just happened as I wandered along capturing children in their natural environments.
There were the boys playing cricket, and the friends on the tractor who first stuck their tongues out at me, and then posed very seriously; the little one proudly showing his mother how he could run across the suspension bridge and the five siblings who chatted to me while I was shooting passing cars. The youngest of the five came and leant on my shoulder, chatting away in Nepali about the merits of what I was doing and how I could improve my shots. Neither of us understood each other but we had a moment that I, at least, will remember for a long time.
And so it went: scene after scene of memories. I started with over sixty photos but whittled them down to thirty-odd (with much difficulty). These are the things I will miss the most when I return home: the simple moments interacting with real people (including the children) on real streets.
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Big bike, small boy: Patan
The little girl who had a lot to say to me about my photography. She leaned on my head as I sat on the curb shooting cars and passers-by and nattered away. It was a surreal, special moment
Rose amongst the thorns with her four brothers.
Kite-flyer on a culvert next to the Bagmati river.
Happy guitar player: Teku
Shy girl and clean shoes: Teku
Babysitter and the posers
This is serious: Bagmati Marg
“Look at me run, mom (and dude with that camera).” Kalo Pool Suspension Bridge, Teku
Kite flyer: Rajtirtha
This beaming boy lives on a rubbish dump with his family. What’s so special about this photo? He was noticed.
Little girl on a gate: Gusingal
Siblings: Park Lane
Mother and child, late evening.
Bike riders: Pulchowk
Boy eating lunch: Pulchowk
I found these boys playing cricket in Pulchowk and so invited myself into the game. I even took two wickets. They could honestly go and tell their friends they played with a South African cricketer…
Little girl and a scooter mirror – an incredibly difficult shot to take because she just would not stay still. Children’s Park, Patan
Symmetry. Children’s Park, Patan
Little girl staring: Patan
I got talking to this kid and her friend in Kumbheshwor. They were in hysterics about something and made perfect little subjects. Once they had had a drink from the fountain they wandered off hand in hand.
Perfect therapy on a hot day: Kumbheshwor
This little guy was part of a whole family of porters in Patan. His dad was very proud that I would choose to take his photo.
Aspiring champion Badminton player in the streets of Patan.
Giggling one minute, and serious the next. I first saw her whispering secrets to a friend. She was more than willing to pose for a photo in the entrance to her home.
Mother and child in a narrow alleyway in Patan
Schoolchildren from the Nightingale School posing on their school bus.
School pupils with attitude. Do you recognize any of these children from a previous blogpost?
Awkward girl on her way home from school.
Last weekend there was a festival in my area, where people went to a particular pool (said to have healing properties) in Kumbheshwor to bathe. This pool was right next to the more famous one and these kids were having a ball on a hot day.
Boy at the pool: Kumbheshwor