Photographer's Note

The most popular colour of women’s dresses in Nepal (as you can see in this photo) is vivid crimson. It’s a paradise for photographers whose favourite subject is a “lady in red”. So when I saw this ancient façade I immediately thought that it would make a good background for a slightly blurred red-clad local woman. “Five minute job and then I can move on to photographing temples”, I thought.

Not so. As soon as I put up the tripod and started waiting for a suitably dressed lady, they kind of disappeared. Lots of people passed in front of my lens: local men, kids wearing school uniforms, many women wearing… yellow, green, blue… just name it, but not red.

I did eventually, after an hour or so, get my previsualised shot. But I think I prefer this photo of a man on a bike (he’s wearing red of course). You can compare it to the lady in red image I included in WS.

Later on I wondered that maybe if I had not spent all that time waiting for a perfect street shot, I would have taken more photos of the architecture in Durbar Square. But, at the time, I did not expect that, in just four months, some of those temples would no longer exist. When I revisited in 2016, the building in the main photo seemed intact. But not all of the centuries-old temples were equally lucky, as I have mentioned in my previous upload and as you can see in the second WS to this post.

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Additional Photos by Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1094 W: 2 N: 1666] (11031)
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