Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

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Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Kathmandu has so much history that much of it lies scattered about the dusty, winding side streets. It’s not unusual to find a worn statue sitting the corner of a busy square and later learn that it’s been there since 600 AD. Artifacts that would be in a museum anywhere else in the world are just part of the landscape here and sit waiting patiently for you to discover them.

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in KathmanduTravel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

Travel Photos: Stepping Back in Time in Kathmandu

 

 

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Bob April 11, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Love the photos, One place I definitely need to visit.

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Jaime April 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Oh wow these are some amazing shots. I love the colors and also the oldness a lot of them show.

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Kristi Hines April 11, 2011 at 11:12 pm

I’d like to know what that last shot is of… are those prayer sheets or something similar?

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Iain April 12, 2011 at 3:12 am

Kristi, the last shot is of Tibetan prayer flags. Kathmandu has a large population of Tibetan refugees, and all of these photos – except for maybe the first – are actually from Boudhanath, the center of Tibetan life in Kathmandu.

Johnny, I think the feeling of antiquity in Kathmandu is so strong – stronger perhaps than any big city I’ve been to – partly because so much of the city was built with wood, which shows its age much more than bricks or stone. Great photos! How did you lay them out? With a WordPress plugin?

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wes April 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

I totally agree — the weathered wood really adds to the atmosphere. And the tiny caved details you see on everything are lovely.

As for layout, I didn’t use a WP plugin — that’s good old-fashioned Photoshop work there. Took awhile to set up but now I have a template so it should go faster in future posts.

Thanks for the comment and the info :)

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Iain April 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I’m sorry I muddled your name Wes!

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wes April 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Ha! No worries, mate. Everyone calls me Johnny at this point.

Michael April 12, 2011 at 5:25 am

wow
great photos

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Lauren April 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

Beautiful photos and really cool magazine-style layout!

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Nomadic Chick April 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Oh Wes,

Your photography skills astound me. For once, you leave me silent and that ain’t easy. Has National Geographic called yet?

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Why, thank you Jeannie! No call yet. Photoshop.com made my year. NatGeo would kill me.

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Michi April 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Gorgeous photos! They never cease to amaze me. I’ve always wanted to travel to Nepal…

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Thanks! Do it!

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Fabrizio April 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Wes, Great stuff, and the layout is amazing, too. I haven’t found a happy way of doing this style through Wordpress, so photoshop does seem like the answer, but unfortunately my computer doesn’t like that either!

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Andrew - The Unframed World April 13, 2011 at 5:48 am

Wow! Talk about a photo post. Nice job arranging the shots. My personal fav was the metal bowls. Looking forward to more quality posts.

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Thanks, Andrew — I appreciate the feedback.

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Frances April 13, 2011 at 6:35 am

Beautiful! The prayer flags really caught my attention. It would be cool to have my prayer flying in the wind like that. Pretty symbolic. All of the pictures were great, you have great skills!

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Thanks, Frances!

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megan April 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Such beautiful photos. I think Kathmandu is one of my favourite cities to visit – it really is *exactly* like stepping back in time – some of the shopfronts and workshops in those streets off Durbar Square look as if they’ve been that way for centuries. There’s so much colour, and all the hustle and bustle…thanks for sharing, it takes me back there!

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

So glad you liked them! Kathmandu is like Varanasi for me — a place where you really can lose yourself and forget about the last 500 years of history. Amazing.

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Zack April 15, 2011 at 4:57 am

So you’re saying this is all just around town, in random spots throughout? That is one of my favorite things about places that have long histories. To actually see the intermingling of past, present, and future all at once is just astounding.

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Agreed! And yes, it’s just all jumbled up. Amazing — it’s like a treasure hunt.

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Frank Hansen April 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Thank you ! I loved this photos. It really catch the everyday life and moods of Kathmandu. Thanks again vagabond Johnny!

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wes April 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Thank *you* :)

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Raymond April 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I think I’m gonna get me some prayer flags for my balcony. See what the condo board says.

Bee-u-tee-ful!! Love the assault of colour…

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wes April 21, 2011 at 8:32 am

I love prayer flags. Surely they won’t mind? ;)

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Laura April 21, 2011 at 9:00 am

Beautiful photos, and the layout is great. Definitely makes me want to visit! :)

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Marsha April 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

These photos are incredible! Another great photo essay. Wish I had your talent.

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Kelsey April 25, 2011 at 3:41 am

Great photo essay! Nepal is near the top of my travel list!

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Don April 27, 2011 at 10:19 am

Very nice photos Wes. Really like the prayer wheels and flags. Took me right back to last December when I visited Nepal!

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