The People of Kathmandu

Post-Earthquake Nepal Brought Into View

‘I want to capture the spirit of the people of Nepal’, British photographer Julian Bound told us. When he was flying to Bangkok, he heard about the earthquakes and managed to transfer to a flight to Kathmandu with a team of Thai medics and several Buddhist monks. “I don’t only want to document the situation, I also want to help the Nepali people in any way I can”.

Julian, who is still experiencing earthquakes and aftershocks in Kathmandu everyday, wants to show the world how Nepal is progressing with getting the country back to normal, so that tourism will return.

Earthquake damage on the streets of Bhaktapur. Located 30km east of Kathmandu, the town was once rich with Buddhist and Hindu temples and a popular tourist spot for thoe visiting Kathmandu, Nepal
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Earthquake damage on the streets of Bhaktapur. Located 30km east of Kathmandu, the town was once rich with Buddhist and Hindu temples and a popular tourist spot for thoe visiting Kathmandu, Nepal
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“Respect for those who have lost their homes and businesses plays a huge part in taking photographs here”, said Julian. ‘When you see someone searching for their possessions through the rubble and debris of what they once called home, you are compelled to capture such a dramatic image, yet the realisation of what is before you hits you and you quickly decide whether to press the shutter or move on. It’s a fine moral line”.

Julian told us more about Nepal and his work there:

The Plus: How would you describe Nepal?
Julian Bound:
In all my travels, Nepal is the only country which has remained true to the vision your imagination holds before arriving. With its temples and small cobbled streets, Katmandu contains a great mysticism. Outside of the city, the country is filled with the most amazing landscapes under the constant gaze of the snow-capped Himalayan mountain range.

Earthquake damage on the streets of Bhaktapur. Located 30km east of Kathmandu, the town was once rich with Buddhist and Hindu temples and a popular tourist spot for thoe visiting Kathmandu, Nepal
TP: Why do you think it is important to capture the circumstances of Nepal now?
JB:
Volunteers from across the globe have arrived here to aid the Nepalese and each and everyone shares the same vision: to restore Nepal back to the safe, wonderful place it was.

With Nepal’s second tourist season approaching in September, it is hoped by all those that love this country and its people that visitors will return, so they too can experience this mystical land, to trek in the Himalayas, to see its beautiful landscapes and to meet the Nepali people who even after such disaster still hold a great gentleness and generosity often lost within today’s Western world.

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TP: What is the most memorable moment you experienced so far in Nepal?
JB:
Besides being in my room on the fifth floor of my hotel when the second earthquake hit, my most memorable experience is that of the Nepali people and how those who had lost their homes continued to hold the kindness and gentle smiles that the people of Nepal are renowned for.

TP: For how long are you planning to stay in Nepal?
JB:
I plan to stay here until my work is done.

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Earthquake damage on the streets of Kathamndu from the Thamel backpacker tourist area to Durbar Square on a 1km street, Kathmandu Nepal
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