Greetings from Katmandu where I’ve been working on various editorial projects. One of these was documenting a non profit helping the visually impaired in Nepal by teaching them therapeutic massage. This was an amazing personal experience. Indeed being in the company of these people for a few days deeply touched me due to their uplifting personalities and overwhelming generosity. Most of them come from very poor backgrounds and to see that they managed to get out of this condition through hard work, dedication and dignity is a testament to the human spirit. It’s actually hard to explain in words how enriching this has been for me. I’ve met a lot of people in difficult situations around the world and have been greatly moved by most of them. But this time it’s different; it affected me deep down in the core and for some reason it made me a better person.
Here’s a picture I took of some of these incredible people; from left to right ; Lalu, Gavinder, Hari, Saga and Amnul.
What surprised me as well was their curiosity on my work and my equipment. After a day they could unpack and pack all my gear; Tripod, reflectors, umbrellas, flashguns, lenses,.. and they could do it faster than most people would.
But they truly shined (no pun intended) when I handed them my cameras and this is what I wanted to show you. Some of them are blind from birth so I’m not certain how they could relate to what they were doing but they sure had a good time at it. All the pictures below were captured by them…
A picture that was fun to set up is the one below. Indeed they all wanted to take a picture using my lighting equipment and with a little guidance from my part, the image below as taken by 4 blind people; one for the umbrella; one for the reflector, one of the flashgun and finally one holding the Nikon D3S. (The lady on the right, Cita, is one of the assistant of the centre and has normal vision). Given the fact that they couldn’t see what they were doing and it was their first time, it’s not a bad attempt.
I highly recommend anyone to visit the massage clinics where they work in Katmandu and Pokhara whenever you have a chance. (These centres are listed as number one in Trip Advisor for Nepal beating the main historical buildings which does give you a sense of appreciation they get from visitors).
Further pictures and stories on my Nepal trip shortly so watch this space.
Keep you posted.