Kathmandu, Nepal - an earthquake rattled Nepal in (April 2015) and remnants of the devastation are still abundant (15 months later) Nearly 9,000 people died and 40,000 children were either injured, orphaned or left homeless. Here a woman walks down a rubble-filled street carrying a child.
Kathmandu, Nepal - the sunlight illuminates the doorway where a family plays; with little access to electricity and restrictions throughout the city, many people spend time outside, looking out windows or sitting on doorsteps.
Thamel, Kathmandu - children playing on a side street with make shift toys (mostly trash).
Dusk in Khatmandu
Street food - vegetarian pancake
Basantapur Durbar Square - a dog awaits for some scraps from a local butcher, he received some moments after I took this shot
Buying my breakfast out of a blue bucket on the street... The police walked up to this man selling freshly squeezed juice and he was very stoic while he gave them "free" glasses of juice and they walked away, not paying and not even thanking. We noticed he was happy with every other customer including me. Police corruption; four police ended up getting free juice from this man. Two of the police also had received "free" breakfast from the blue bucket.
Market in central Kathmandu - I found that some market sold very specific products (this one sold only cooking oil); I waited patiently to have no people, mopeds, cars, motorcycles, trucks, dogs, etc... in this photo.
Thamel, Kathmandu - so many shop workers have beds in their shops.
Mass amounts of tangled electrical wires are everywhere throughout India, Nepal and Bangladesh; definitely not up to code.
Kathmandu - after 15 months many roads and alleys are still covered with debris from the earthquake.
Kathmandu - many buildings have poles supporting the structure - way too many to feel safe.
Traffic in South Asia is some of the worst I've seen. Very few if any stoplights or traffic signs, very little traffic control (only the major roads and that limited), people, cars, trucks, mopeds, bicycles, tuk-tuks, dogs and even cattle share the streets.
Many construction workers wear flip flops and work with very simple tools to do large projects.
Brick by brick - the man at the top was bringing bricks up one at a time on a rope and cementing them into place, a man below was helping.
A boy receives a haircut on the street.
Just walking with a refrigerator; walking with a sofa
Cattle and dogs wandering around an outdoor market
Colorful potato pasta
Kathmandu - a man walks his bicycle through the small tunnel walkways beneath buildings
Rural Nepal - sometimes people place baskets over chicks to keep them safe from overhead predators; the wingspan of this Griffon was more than 6 feet (nearly 2 meters)
Annapurna region of Nepal - such a valuable resource - each village has several water spigots where they collect water.
Family outside their house in a small village near Dhampus
Corn drying inside their kitchen, small attic, and outside windows.
Drying clothes in a rural village in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Rural Nepal - Collecting grass using scythe... we saw women clearing entire fields with the small tools.
Funeral; they burn the body and then spread the ashes into the river. The Ganges River is the most holy and in in Varanasi, India it is the holiest area as that is where the river bends back north and there are many of these pyres burning and dumped into the river every day. Imagine what this does to the ecosystem of the river, also imaging how much land is saved by not burying all these bodies as in Christian religious burials.
Collecting sand and rocks from the river to use for construction in the city on the same river as the pyres burning.
Pokhara, Nepal - has a humid subtropical climate at 827 meters (2,700 feet); there are three snow-capped 8,000m (26,000+ feet) peaks you can see in the far background.
Himalayas - Mt. Everest is the tall one in the background.
Rural Nepal in the Annapurna Region
The valley in rural Nepal floods every spring and often times it causes major damage
This man collected water buffalo dung to fertilize his terraced fields; those piles are manure.
No one told us about the leeches in Nepal; these aren't from blisters, rather wounds from leeches. They latch onto your shoes, up to and into your socks, hundreds of leeches on us simply walking through the forest and grass.
Boat Taxi area at Lake Phewa
Dump truck, most vehicles (especially buses) are pimped out.
A woman walks through an alley while on her smartphone. Cell technology is very apparent even in the roughest parts of this realm.
Even in floating water villages like this in Dal Lake, India - people have cell phones (Photo by: Luke Baltrusch)
Makeshift housing in Mumbai, India (AKA the slums of Mumbai) (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
Street children in Chennai, India (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
Karni Mata Temple - the Rat Temple in Rajasthan, India (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
Trekking in the mountains, very close to Pakistan – on the other side of the mountains (maybe 50 miles) is where they captured Bin Laden. (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
Kashmir Valley (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
Butcher shop in Srinagar, India (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
India - This is Lalu's garden; this is his wife in their 'kitchen' cooking up some fresh chapatti and greens (Photo by my colleague: Luke Baltrusch)
One of my favorite parts of traveling is watching children be children; what child doesn't like playing amongst pigeons... and notice he has a white face mask tucked under his chin (saw face masks quite often in the urban areas of South Asia)
Always a good laugh looking at the menus; this was at a Chinese restaurant in Pokhara, Nepal
Nepal's flag is arguably the most unique in the world.
Sample of just how many pigeons are in the city of Kathmandu
A photographic technique I like to employ to bring the subject to the forefront and into focus - oftentimes the background can be distracting: Same photo just removing light from the background thus rendering it black.
A man working at a motorcycle repair shop in central Kathmandu