Dr. Ritesh Thapa

I have a brief mission to carry out if I win the Young Visionaries contest. The mission is to photograph the living conditions and health situations, both hardships and easy availability, in the life of Nepalese women. Villages of three geographical locations (plains, hills, and mountains ) will be chosen that represent the natural and cultural diversity of the country, along with the focus of modern medical care of the capital, Kathmandu.

I would like to compare and contrast the diversity prevailing in the life of literate and illiterate Nepalese women.

I have planned for a month duration with approximately 1 week of work in one location that will also be complemented by awareness programs. Local health post or school will be chosen to conduct mass meetings with the public.The role of education, clean water, family planning and other relevant topics will also be discussed in collaboration with a team of medical personnel. I hope that these interactions will make the photography better and more meaningful than just wandering alone.

At the end I would like to exhibit the photographs in the various parts of the country, and make a networking hub for people who are willing to help these various health posts, schools of the remote places, and
people who desperately need help.

I have passion for photography.There have been several nights that I have spent without closing my eyes just for a minute. You might ask why? It’s because sometime taking pictures in the dark room with every little light-emitting devices in the room like torch light, candle, lighter, cell phone, or ipod screen, to name a few, wears off the night in no time. Darkness gives advantage to long exposures and the way light mixing up can create interesting artistic digital paintings, without making my hand dirty like conventional oil or watercolors. Such a session lasts until there is enough battery in the camera or until its memory is full. But that’s not the end, as a series of transferring those pixels to computer, editing, and preparing for my blog follows spontaneously. Sometimes, doing digital editing of the random pixels I took eats hours magically, as if they were shrunk to minutes. When I find there are over hundreds of images and thought of a break, I get up from the chair only to find that the curtains were being trans-illuminated by the bright sun outside.

I guess I have had enough of abstract photography, now its time for real people. If one picture can change the life of people I am ready.

I always thought I can do it some day, but what better time than now.



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