Photographer's Note

Earthquake or no earthquake, making a living in Nepal means hard work for little money. What did change after the earthquake though is there is less work and no work is much worse than hard low-paid labour for it means no food.

When I arrived in Tribhuvan International Airport in 2016, one of the first signs of change I noticed was I was asked for baksheesh by a man who showed me to a taxi stand (which I could see from afar and would have found on my own anyway). It happened very rarely that I was asked for money that way in 2014. But in February 2016, following the natural disaster that buried many homes and deterred tourists, and also the economically exhausting blockade by Indian government (much less spectacular and less frequently mentioned in the western press than the earthquake but equally damaging) the people of Nepal were desperate to earn anything for anything. In all three Durbar Squares (Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur) I met several unemployed guides trying to sell their services. Ok, there are hawkers everywhere and Nepal has never been a shining exception but a man offering to guide me around a pile of rubble was a novelty. To this day I can’t forget the hungry look of despair on their faces.

I decided to convert this image to black and white to keep it in my “hardship” series together with this image from Bhutan and this one from Uzbekistan.

Two more street scenes photographed in 2014 in WS.

This is my last upload from Kathmandu Durbar Square until… I go there again.

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