Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Heart and Soul

Wildlife adventures and beautiful scenery are all well and good, but people give a place its heart and soul. It is the photographs of the men, women, and especially children I interacted with that are the best reflection of the warmth and friendliness I love most about Nepal.


What a country of beautiful faces.

A country of diversity.

Of shy smiles.

And irresistible cheeks.

And little boys wanting to play with the big kids. (Photo courtesy of Ash)

A country of curiosity.

And warm welcomes.


And just a little bit of camera-shyness.


It is a country filled with playfulness.

And amateur photographers. (Video also courtesy of Ash. Thanks Ash!)

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And distinguished gentlemen.

Nepal is a country of eager models.

A place where everyone wants to join the fun.

A place where everyone is welcome.

33 comments:

A Day That Is Dessert said...

So beautiful, Elizabeth. And the video is priceless!

amy said...

absolutely breathtaking, so sweet, so so moving. i love each one of these photographs, and THAT VIDEO! oh so adorable!
you do realize you are going to be the most amazing mom ever?

Jaimee said...

What wonderful photos...those smiles are pricesless!

Anonymous said...

I like the video!

Jennifer said...

Oh kids...they are just the most amazing little people no matter where you go.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks guys! And I'm glad you enjoyed the video (I had to get some help with that one!)

Julia said...

How incredible! There's so much to see and absorb in these pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!

linnea said...

I love every face that you captures.
What happy and beautiful faces.

a friend to knit with said...

wow. i had a smile on my face along with a warm heart just looking at those photos.
and the video! ahh! so sweet.

Elizabeth said...

Julia, Linnea, A Friend to Knit With - Thank you all so much for your sweet comments!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

Stunning Elizabeth..I felt like i was right there with you..thank you...such beautiful faces...

Tartelette said...

Such gorgeous faces and beautiful souls! One of my favorite posts!

Vana said...

oh such sweet post, Elizabeth! So touching and yet so real...thanks for sharing

limonana said...

what amazing photographs darling!! just love seeing the excitement of the children as they saw photos of themselves! so sweet...

Mrs.French said...

oh this is so beautiful...my favorite post from your travels...children make everything more spectacular, where ever you go...love it! xo

molly said...

wow. how so very moving. you've captured such beauty.

Sabrina said...

Yes this series is full of soulful faces. Those eyes, those grins: so many unforgettably beautiful people.

Mary-Laure said...

These children are just SO beautiful, it's wonderful, thank you for bringing them to us.

Elizabeth said...

Thank you so much for your comments everyone. I'm so glad I had a chance to bring a little of my trip home and share it with you, especially those children, they were so precious!

Angry Asian said...

i absolutely love the portraits, you capture them so well. and i love that the children are so natural in front of the camera, no self conscious at all!

melly said...

I've heard so many good things about Nepal but my friends are never the photographer-type of traveller. These are so so real, and the children are really beautiful. I was never such a kid. They're like little people with stories in their eyes.

Camille said...

All those beautiful faces! The little girl in the second photo is stunning...a natural beauty.

Elizabeth said...

Angry Asian - Thank you! These children really were naturals, such open interest and curiosity.

Melly - I love your statement about the children with stories in their eyes. So true!

Camille - She was a little beauty!

please sir said...

Wow...looks like an amazing experience. You were so lucky to go and meet these wonderful people.

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stunning rendition of beautiful, beautiful people - thanks for sharing..:)

Aran said...

what wonderful and powerful images elizabeth. it really says a lot about the human spirit.

Kacey said...

Wow, breathtaking photos! All those smiles. Wonderful group of photos.

Fifi Flowers said...

Great photos! Some very sweet faces in your post.

Carolina Lange said...

Amazing! Wow!

Monica said...

Exactly what I like to capture when back there - you did an amazing job with all the pictures from your visit!! These ones are making me tear up - brings the feeling of being there and around all the people to life!

cindy : quaint said...

such beautiful faces of the future generations. all of your travel photos are just incredible. feels like i'm there.

nathalie said...

it is so amazing to see the different looks of human beings. such beauty in every eye! thanks again for sharing them with us!!

bee said...

thank you. capturing people is an art that you possess in abundance.