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Faces of Nepal

19 Apr ’11

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After the street scenes of Kathmandu, here comes the people of Nepal. Portraits, a type of photography that I like but I was even more excited to add the travel/street component to it. One of the main things here is that you really have to deal with what you got (unless you always go out and take pictures during the same time of day). If the light is bad and you still want to take pictures, you’ll have to accommodate and take the best out of it. It’s something that has always attracted me in concert photography and that is also present here in street portraits. Apres les scenes de rue de Katmandou voila les visages du Népal. Encore un typde photographie qu ej’adore mais j’etais tres impatient d’y rajouter la notion de voyage. La partie tres difficle c’est que on est obligé de faire avec la lumiere que l’on a. Si la lumiere est affreuse mais que tu veux vraiment faire ton image tu es obligé de faire avec et ca c’est tres instructif a mon gout. C’est aussi ce qui m’a attiré dans la photo de concert et que je retrouve ici dans la les portrait de rue/voyage.

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Two ladies that I met around the Durban Square in Kathmandu. Top : A lady selling peanuts. I actually wanted her smoking but she did not want to be photographed doing that. Bottom: This lady was selling cigarettes and peanuts, she heard my accent and answered in a decent French, what a surprise (She told me later she used to live in the Pondicherry province in India). Deux femmes rencontrés aux alentours du Durban Square a Katmandou. La 2eme m’a repondu en francais apres avoir entendu mon accent, surprise assez sympa (elle m’expliquera plus tard dans la conversation qu’elle habitait a Pondicherry, une des anciennes provinces Francaise de l’Inde).

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The purple scarf (best viewed in larger size, click on the image and sorry if it opens over the blog, I did not manage to fix that problem so far…). FIXED :) L’echarpe violette. (Faut vraiment la voir en plus grand pour l’apprecier celle la, cliquez dessus et desole si elle s’ouvre par dessus le blog, pas encore reussi a reparer ce souci). Réparé :)

Those eyes will always amaze me. This picture was taken in Sauhara, the town on the border of Chitwan National Park. Ces yeux m’etonneront toujours. Image faite a Sauhara, la ville qui borde l’entrée de Chitwan National Park.

This might be one of the “simplest” images but it reminds me such a great moment. We were cold and had Chai somewhere in the mountains at that family house.  It is cooking on the fire at the back. I was at the limits in speed and isos and there was nooooo light what so ever. We had a nice chat and thanks to the chai I survived the cold ;). Certainement un des portraits les plus simple mais il me rapelle un super moment. On avait froid et on a pris un Chai quelque part dans les montagnes, enfin dans cette maison familliale. Le Chai est en train de chauffer sur le feu de bois derriere elle. J’etais plus ou moins aux limites coté vitesse et iso mais c’est comme ca que je voyais la photo et comme ca que je me rapelle de l’instant.

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Portrait taken at the mother theresa elderly home near the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu. Ce portrait a été pris a l’hospice de Mere Theresa a Katmandou.

I saw this lady for a really short time. She was watching her goats and I had to jump back in the truck. The light was really hard but I couldn’t help and try to get a decently exposed shot.

One of the last portraits I took. Hiking down from Ghandruk to Birethanti. He most certainly had never seen himself on a camera and he laughed for five minutes when I showed him the pictures, such a great moment. Un des derniers portrait que j’ai fait lors de la descente de Ghandruk a Birethanti. Je pense qu’il ne s’etait jamais vu sur un appareil photo car quand je lui ai montré l’image il a rigolé de joie pendant 5 bonnes minutes, un chouette moment.


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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

Comments (9)

  • April 19, 2011 by Ben

    Ben

    Je suis fan du vieux rasta ! Merci Nico, juste parfait !

  • April 19, 2011 by Chris Tuohy

    Chris Tuohy

    Great Pictures!! Really captures the hardship these people have to face on a daily basis but yet they still remain at peace. Thanks :)

  • April 19, 2011 by Alexis

    Alexis

    Clairement la série du Népal que je préfère ! Vraiment bluffant !!

  • April 19, 2011 by Sarah Richmond

    Sarah Richmond

    Freaken amazing Nico! That little baby shot is unreal!

  • April 20, 2011 by seb

    seb

    ouai, trop la classe.
    J’adore le bébé, ses grands yeux, mais elle sont toutes trop belles bravo!!!

  • April 20, 2011 by Adeline

    Adeline

    magiques!!! j’adore le bébé et le vieux avec ces dreads, encore un pur bonheur pour les yeux, thanks mon rakot

  • April 21, 2011 by bew

    bew

    Il y en a que je ne connaissais pas mais elles sont toutes aussi impressionnantes et parlantes les unes que les autres…
    L’Afficionados Nr. 1 … ;-)

  • April 21, 2011 by Donna Treby

    Donna Treby

    Love it Nico!

  • April 24, 2012 by Caragh Nelson

    Caragh Nelson

    Nico! Your photos are amazing! Thanks for showing me your videos and other photos on Saturday! They are so beautiful!

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