A Souvenir from Nepal’s Streets: Mounir Mroue

Text by Mounir Mroue

Nepal was a big question mark for me in the beginning. I simply didn’t know what to expect nor how it would be, but the moment we stepped onto the streets of Kathmandu, I felt the richness and colors of the intersecting cultures in Nepal – which was eye candy for me as a photographer.

The people were the true inspiration and apart from their amazing attitude, they were gorgeous. I was astonished by their beauty and how true they are. My main concern was not to be noticed while I was shooting so as not to end up with a picture of someone smiling at me, as this was the reaction of almost every single person who noticed me taking pictures.

Photo by Mounir Mroue

Photo by Mounir Mroue

My favorite shot in Nepal is “Queen Saruman” who is a street merchandiser that looked like an ancient queen in one magical moment.

This is the joy of street photography: to capture the right moment in a life of another.

Mounir is one of the 17 photographers who went on BSP’s Nepal photo-trip in August 2012. This capture is only one among the many unique and stunning street photographs taken during that trip that will be showcased in our upcoming exhibition on June 11th and 12th at the UNESCO Palace. 

Keep posted for more information about the exhibition: Street Kabita: Collective Photography Exhibition

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