Friday Lens Affair #87

Dolakha District, Nepal

This week I’m featuring a great photograph from Dolakha District in Nepal. Taken by Rebecca Eby from Studio Noveau Photography.

I have met Rebecca 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 travelled 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 kilometres from Kathmandu but it took us half a day to travel there. Here is a great Nepal Backpacking Guide you should check before going.

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.

11 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #87

  1. Hannah

    I love the story associated with this photo! So cute that she wanted to make sure she looked ok. Great pic
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    • Ha ha ha Hannah I would be the same, it is important to look good on the picture especially if you think other person gonna save it and maybe publish somewhere :)
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  2. Meg

    Wow stunning shot. Fantastic write up – you really captured her. So glad that you asked for permission to take her photo – many people don’t realize not doing so is offensive :)
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    • Meg I totally agree but it actually varies from country to country and culture. I have visited places where people where asking me to take pictures of them :)
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  3. Alli

    Oh my. That photograph is beautiful. I love the colours and almost looks like it was painted with pastels!

  4. Samantha

    Aww what a charming story. And lovely photo, everything fits so well in it, the doors, the colors.
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  5. Nancy

    Nice blog!! Great picture! Thanks for posting it.

  6. Maria Falvey

    Wonderful portrait – of the person and the place.
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