This week I’m featuring great photograph from Dolakha District in Nepal. Taken by Rebecca Eby from Studio Noveau Photography. I have met Rececca recently at the Woman in Travel Summit in Chicago! She is a great photographer, please follow her on Facebook.
Picture Story: Dolakha District, Nepal
In August 2013, I traveled to Nepal to do some photography work. While I was there, I took a few days to travel to the rural village of Dolakha and ancestral home of the family I was staying with. Dolakha is only about 100 or so kilometers from Kathmandu but it took us half a day to travel there. I was there during monsoon season and roads were in rough shape. Thankfully Laxman, my host, had a small car so we didn’t have to take a bus.
Dolakha is high in the “hills” of Nepal. By American standards, I would consider it mountains; their hills are definitely larger than most mountains in the US! Anyway, Dolakha is fairly close to the border of China and fairly isolated.
Shortly after we arrived, Laxman took me on a walking tour to see his village, and to visit with his family and friends. We walked past this sweet elderly woman who was just sitting on the step, watching everyone pass by. As she watched me pass, I realized how unusual I must be to her; the entire time I was in the village, I was one of four Caucasian faces that I saw!
“Can you please ask her if I can take her photo?” I asked Laxman.
Speaking in his native language of Newari, Laxman asked her permission. She said yes and then didn’t move an inch or even change her facial expression as I quickly took her portrait. I was looking at the back of the camera and loving what I saw as she asked him a question, very quickly, appearing worried.
“What did she say?” I questioned.
Laxman replied: “She wants to make sure it’s okay… did it turn out? Is it good?”
“Oh yes”, I responded. “It is good. It’s perfect.”
As I showed her the photo on my camera screen, she smiled in delight and I wondered how many times she had seen a photo of herself.