An ancient Hindu manuscript describes Kathmandu, Nepal as the “Land of Gods surrounded by beautiful mountains”. The capital of modern Nepal is nestled in the middle of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains, in a valley surrounded by gentle, green terraced hills, ancient temples, shrines and red tiled-roofed houses. Every day, award-winning photographer David H. Wells will work side by side with you to understand the most important elements of photography, composition and aesthetics in order to help you achieve your photographic goals.
While we are going to have group discussions and presentations this is not going to be a traditional workshop with classes and lectures. It’s rather going to be a visual journey where participants will work on developing a personal style through their images; therefore it’s perfect for all level of photographic skill. David is used to and prefers working with groups with wide skill levels since diversity of app. The Kathmandu valley hosts three districts that were previously part of different empires. Bhaktapur is the “City of Devotees”, filled with ancient Hindu and Buddhist religious sites; Patan or Lalitpur is the “City of Beauty”, famous for its wood and stone carvings and bas-reliefs; Kathmandu is the “City of Temples” – with its famous Durbar Square, which is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city, filled with exquisite monuments, sculptures and temples. We’ll be there during the festival of Maha Shivaratri, one of the most important Hindu celebrations, where the Hindu faithful praise and worship Lord Shiva, the Supreme Lord.
The temple of Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the Bagmati River, is a temple of Lord Shiva and is considered one of the holiest shrines for Hindus. We’ll spend the day and the evening around the temple photographing thousands of people coming from all over Nepal and India to worship Lord Shiva. The festival will give us endless photographic opportunities: devotees taking ritual baths in the Bagmati River, making offerings of bael leaves, fruit, rice to Shiva, chanting prayers and hymns, lighting of bonfires, incense sticks and cotton-made wicks and oil lamps. Join us for this unforgettable and enchanted adventure in Nepal where we’ll explore exotic cities and villages of great historic, artistic and cultural interest scattered around the Kathmandu Valley, home to seven amazing UNESCO World Heritage Sites.roaches makes the group that much more interesting.