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Nepal
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What made you want to be a part of Neighbo(u)r?

I learn to shoot on film and had been itching to find a way back in, this just seemed to pop up at the right time and sounded like such a brilliant concept I had to be a part of it.

What was the most challenging part of the project?

Rationing. Only having 36 frames to shoot was by far the most challenging part, too often i find myself just shooting anything and everything multiple times knowing i have gigabytes and gigabytes of space to shoot onto, however with just one roll re-learning how to make each shot count was hard. some shots you just have to straight up walk away from and trying to judge if the shot would be worth it or not was extremely challenging.

What was the most rewarding part of the project?

while visiting a Buddhist monastery in Khumjung - a small mountain village - I notice a monk on an upper balcony looking down to me we acknowledged each other and i gestured toward the camera to which he bowed his head forward and removed the cloth covering it before posing against the banister allowing me to photograph him, afterwards I was invited upstairs to observe the monks study and recite prayer. It was the most surreal experience and it all stemmed from a simple exchange of nods to a camera.

Did this come easy to you, or did you find it difficult to approach strangers?

As a visitor in a foreign country it came more naturally to approach strangers and photograph them mainly due to the fact that as a tourist it felt expected that i would have a camera and be shooting anything and everything in sight, with my digital on one shoulder and my analogue on the other it was quite obvious and people seemed to respond well to my asking for a portrait.

Who did you take photos of, and why?

Strangers and people I had met while traveling through Nepal. I had planned to capture interesting and influential people from my life yet when the deadline got pushed back it lined up perfectly with a trip I had to Nepal, I decided I would dedicate 30 of the 36 exposures to my time in Nepal capturing locals of the remote mountain villages and interesting characters met along the way and save the remaining 6 for those close to me.

Did you learn anything about yourself or others during the process?
Did you make any new friends?
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