The year is 2075, somewhere in Nepal. Put together 24 kids and 20 analog cameras. What is going on there?
Give the tools to a kid and something good will come up, believes the photographer Victor Puigcerver.
The photos you are about to see below are especial in many ways. They have captured the very genuine and authentic stories of everyday life in Nepal from the perspective of 24 kids living in a children’s home in Kathmandu. The kids have seen an analog camera and learnt the very basics of photography only а couple of days before they were capable of capturing an amazing variety of sights, moods, and meanings.
Victor Puigcerver, a Berlin-based analog photographer from Barcelona, brings you to the world of Nepali kids. Friendship, culture, freedom of being a kid – this is what this project is about.
In collaboration with Self Help Nepal, a German charity organization who gives shelter to 150 kids, Victor sends 20 disposable analog cameras to Kathmandu together with some basic instructions. “As an analog photographer, I am taking very seriously the use of this format. I didn’t want to use some digital cameras, phones or whatever”, explains Victor. The young German volunteers onsite conducted a workshop and taught the kids the basics of photography – what is a portrait, a landscape, a sample imagery. Soon after that the kids were able to take their own photos.
The little kids took about 400 analog pictures in several days, narrating their sincere everyday stories from the land where currently it is year 2075… After the project’s end the cameras were sent back to Berlin where Victor took care of the development, scanning, and final selection of the pictures.“I went through the nearly 400 pictures, I selected 110 out of them, which from my point of view were the ones well exposed, visual attractive, with a strong message/ meaning. 110 of 400, from my experience, it’s a lot!”
Take a moment and let the Nepali kids show you the reality through their bright eyes.
Text by: Alexandra Terziyska Simeonova