Portraits From Nepal

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Of Nepal’s 26,000,000 people, there are more than 100 different ethnic groups speaking 93 different languages and dialects. Perhaps better known to the outside world for its impressive mountains, what ends up towering far over Everest and friends, are those 26 million living in its shadows.

This Pology photo spread, incredibly shot by Anya Vaverko, does an amazing  job of capturing the emotions of the Nepalese and the land they call home. If pictures are worth a thousand words, portraits are worth far more, and in this case, they help bridge each of those 93 languages.

From the weather-hardened eyes of the rural farmer in the first shot, to the mischievous back alley grin in picture number four, each tells a dramatic story through their composition. My favorite, pictured above, is of a baby girl’s contemplative, far-off stare. She is observing her unfamiliar surroundings set in stark contrast to the brightly colored clothing of her mother’s friends.

Or that’s just the story I see . . .

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