Well, I booked my plane ticket for Kathmandu in November! I can't tell you how excited I am for this trip, as it's the first trip I'm taking specifically for photography. I'll have 15 days to explore the city and the surrounding valley, eat some amazing food, meet some interesting people, and get totally lost in another culture (and city). Why Nepal? Honestly, I fell in love with western China when I visited there several years ago. The mountains, the air, the food, and the faces. The faces tell such a story of a hearty and rugged people; people carving out an existence in one of the harshest places on earth: The Himalayas. Kathmandu is similar from what I can tell, and as a result it has been on my list of must see places. I'll spend 6-7 days in Kathmandu and then the balance of the time will be spent in a small town outside of it called Bhaktapur. There is a good chance I will take a day or two and try to get out to some really small towns further east. It's been too long since I traveled. I've had the itch for so long, and haven't had the time to do so. Like a bad headache that just won't go away. I'm going to be honest, I haven't done a lot of photographing recently either, which is also killing me. I'm struggling with inspiration, which is just an excuse really, but I also haven't had access to a computer to edit on. Reality is, I've just been busy. This trip is going to be a great opportunity to take a breather, get my paint stirred up, and just create.
What I'm looking to get from this trip is more than just great images. I want to train my eye to see light and the "decisive moment." To help me focus, I'm going with the goal of one really strong image per day. Just one. That would give me 15 really great images from this trip. And that would be enough for me. So often I find myself settling for bad light, and I'm exited that during this trip I have enough time that I can slow down and observe before I shoot. And time to return to the same location multiple days in a row. I think these two things will help me evaluate the light and wait for something interesting happen.
I'll update you again as the trip gets closer.