Nepal: Faces of Kathmandu by Roman Wolczak

In 1992 Roman left Australia travelling to Nepal and beyond. This was the first time he had ever travelled outside Australia.

In 1992 Roman left Australia travelling to Nepal and beyond. This was the first time he had ever travelled outside Australia.

At the time Roman knew very little about Nepal and what to expect. There wasn’t any internet or YouTube to refer to. Travelling in a taxi from Tribhuvan International Airport to Kathmandu’s Thamel district Romans eyes were opened. He couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He felt as though he was on a different planet, not country, and a million miles from the Australian suburban life he knew. His eyes were opened to a new culture and way of life.

Nearly 30 years later Roman has traveled to Nepal a number of times. Since that first trip he has seen many changes occur in Nepal with pollution, population, earthquakes and traffic. However there has always been one constant that has remained unchanged, that being the beauty of its people. The Nepalese are some of the kindest and most welcoming people living in a harsh environment with little facilities compared to those in a first world country. Yet they are some the kindest and caring people around.

This series of photos captures the many faces of Nepalese living, working and commuting in the capital city of Kathmandu. Kathmandu is the largest city in Nepal and it has many ancient decayed buildings lined with dirt streets and dust. The streets are filled with wafts of incensed smoke, with people walking within the traffic of cars and motorbikes. The series was photographed over a period of 5 consecutive days in 2018.

In many of these photos, the subject is in deep thought making their way through Kathmandu’s hustle and bustle.

The perspective Roman took when taking this series of photos was to be seen and open. Standing in the one location where the subject can see he is taking photos of them and the environment around them. [Official Website]

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