Photography helps me process the details, the little beauties, the little peculiarities, the little strange things that make me smile. Although it’s a few days late, I wanted to post a few of my favorite shots from the first half of my time in Patan.
- Tika Buddha – Every small or large carved buddha on any chaitya (stone, pyramidal, buddhist monument with four sides), large or small, is delicately blessed with tika smeared across its forehead
- The Boys – On my first day in Patan, I got amazingly lost and met these little jokesters. We played some soccer (I’m absolutely horrible), danced a little, sang some JB and laughed at my inability to speak Nepali.
- A Portrait of Patan Night – The crazy combination of 16th century Newari pagodas, honking horns, motorcycles whizzing by and the lights of typical urban life. All just on my short walk home.
- Starry Water Tank- Just the water tank on my roof backlit by some lovely stars. These are on every roof but the red of the rust in the dark night struck me.
- Central Ashok Stupa – These ancient stupas, or Buddhist monuments embodying the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, ether), point to the five directions: north, east, south, west and to the skies. They date back to the empire of Ashoka Maurya c. 360 B.C.E