Most of the photos that we see in the Nepali press these days is of political leaders, rallies, protests and accidents. Photojournalists rush to the scene to try to make sense of the news and send photos to the newsroom. Dipesh Shrestha, who has been working in the news media for around a decade, is one such photojournalist.
But Shrestha’s camera has not just shot rallies, protests, and accidents, it has also shot many frames of daily life in Kathmandu.
Shrestha’s photos were on display at his solo exhibition at the Nepal Tourism Board last week. Shrestha’s photos present a different perspective on the day-to-day lives of the people in the valley, where religion, culture, and tradition are important parts of the people’s lives. The valley’s numerous stupas and temples are the places where these elements converge.
Similarly, the festivals and jatras that are organised throughout the year not just make for beautiful photographs, but also a reminder of the past and the how things worked during the time of our ancestors.
The city, however, lost one of its most iconic edifices during the 2015 Earthquake. The Dharahara was a symbol of Kathmandu’s history as the centre of Nepal’s power.
A silhouette of Dharahara seen from Tundikhel in Kathmandu on Wednesday, March 28, 2012.
The photo is a reminder that even after two years since the quake, the country is yet to stand back on its feet and the city is yet to rebuild its iconic tower.
All photos: Dipesh Shrestha. Opening image: Nepali Army soldiers take fire cannons in Tundikhel.