As a landscape photographer, I went outside my comfort zone to experience the rustic culture and lifestyles of the Nepalese people and broaden my skills in street photography. Little did I know that I would experience way more than I bargained for when a 7.8 magnitude struck 78km west of Kathmandu at 12pm on the 25th April 2015.
Myself and John traveled with 12 other photography enthusiasts. Lead by our photography expert, and a local tourist company we visited the towns and places of Pashupati, Boudnath Stupa, Monkey Temple, Bungmati, Patan Dubar Square, Nagarkot and Bhaktapur. Many of these places were badly affected. I have mixed feelings and at this stage I am not sure how I feel about the images I have of places and people that are no longer, just hours after having taken the shots. I can’t thank enough the several guardian angels that helped us along the way including a chap in our group from Abu Dhabi who was a natural father type leader whose influence and calmness helped us get back home safely.
The true heroes were, however, two local Nepalese guides that had assisted our group during the tour, Thakur Kanal and Guru Prasad Tripathee, acted as guardians staying by our group’s side throughout the night and into the following day until we finally boarded the plane some 30 hours later.