Featured Photo: May 2015

STORY

This month I couldn't get away from thoughts of Nepal, so I chose to feature some of my favorite images from Kathmandu, down in one of the historic royal Durbar Squares. These areas are beautiful clusters of buildings in different styles, but all elegant and weathered, featuring intricate carvings and sculpture. It's difficult to find out what and hasn't survived, but many of these aged structures are damaged if not demolished.

The image from the top is probably in my top three from the entire trip — these clusters of usually older gentlemen would hang out, sitting around the edges of buildings to chat, maybe smoke. They weren't the only Nepalis in the area, these city centers were always terribly crowded, and not just with tourists. But there was something so cool about them, with their Dhaka topi (the traditional caps.)

Nepal is my favorite place I've ever traveled to. I spent three weeks there, both in Kathmandu and Pokhara, between which the earthquake was located. The trekking company that I went through has opened up donations for the village where the majority of our porters and guides have gone through, so if you have the ability, please donate what you can!

STATS

  • Camera: Nikon D7000
  • Lens: 18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6
  • Aperture: f/5.6
  • Shutter speed: 1/500
  • ISO: 400