Tag: Kathmandu

Pre-earthquake stock images from Kathmandu

NEPAL Kathmandu -- 23 Jan 2010 -- An earthquake awareness march in the streets of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, Nepal. Pictured are soldiers of the Nepalese Army and police officers of the Armed Police Force (APF). Scientists have warned the Kathmandu Valley is unprepared for an earthquake like the one which shook Port au Prince and surrounding areas in Haiti on 12 January 2010. The last major earthquake was in the 1930s and what was then mostly a few towns is now a large, crowded urban metropolis. The combination of weak buildings and the cities many old Newar-style houses and a preference for narrow streets helps to worsen the danger from the next earthquake - which no one knows whence will strike. With only one southern access road and a single airstrip airport, experts say any earthquake event in the Kathmandu Valley would have a devastating effect upon it's inhabitants -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive/TopFoto
NEPAL Kathmandu — 23 Jan 2010 — An earthquake awareness march in the streets of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, Nepal. Pictured are soldiers of the Nepalese Army and police officers of the Armed Police Force (APF). Scientists have warned the Kathmandu Valley is unprepared for an earthquake like the one which shook Port au Prince and surrounding areas in Haiti on 12 January 2010. The last major earthquake was in the 1930s and what was then mostly a few towns is now a large, crowded urban metropolis. The combination of weak buildings and the cities many old Newar-style houses and a preference for narrow streets helps to worsen the danger from the next earthquake – which no one knows whence will strike. With only one southern access road and a single airstrip airport, experts say any earthquake event in the Kathmandu Valley would have a devastating effect upon it’s inhabitants — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive/TopFoto

I was based in Kathmandu from 2004-2010 and have a large stock collection on the main parts of the city including the tower that was demolished by the earthquake on the 25th April, 2015.

Simply visit topfoto.co.uk and type in the search ‘mitchell kathmandu’ and you will see many street scenes and images of temples and some palaces, etc. These may be useful for picture editors for slideshows.

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Riot police lathi charge protesters in Patan Kathmandu Nepal during the 2006 revolution

Kathmandu Spring
Nepalese riot police lathi charge protesters in Patan Kathmandu Nepal during the Kathmandu Spring. April, 2006 – Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/Atlas Photo Archive

It was some year…Shortly after arriving back from photographing climate change in the Everest region, I found myself documenting the early stages of the Kathmandu Spring or anti-monarchy revolution in Kathmandu. By January, sporadic protests had become full-scale riots, which reached a crescendo in April of that year.

I shot this image of the Nepalese Armed Police Force lathi (a bamboo baton used by police in south Asia) charge on some protesters who rained stones down upon them. At the time, I was one of the few photojournalists covering the revolution with a film camera and I shot this on a Voigtlander Bessa T with a 25mm f4 Voigtlander lens.

It is one of my favourite images of the revolution and I think it wonderfully captures the drama and action. Sadly, very few of these images were published, as it took me weeks to get the money to get the edited frames scanned and by the time I sent them to Hollandse Hoogte, the story was old news! Should you find any use for it, this image can be licensed if you contact me.

I now have a gallery of these images on my new database, which can be viewed here.

Star trails over Swayambhunath stupa ( Monkey Temple ) in Kathmandu Nepal

NEPAL Kathmandu -- Swayambhunath chorten ( more commonly known as the Monkey Temple ) in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell
NEPAL Kathmandu — Swayambhunath chorten ( more commonly known as the Monkey Temple ) in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/alamy.com

While time exposure is mostly done by the technique of stacking multiple exposures, I still love long exposures on film…Especially to capture star trails. This image of the Swayambhunath chorten in Kathmandu, Nepal was shot on a Voigtlander Bessa T with a Voigtlander 25mm f4 lens and had an exposure of around 45 minutes. The stupa of the Monkey Temple (as it is commonly referred to) is a favourite for visitors to the Kathmandu Valley and I decided to use the stars to get a more universal perspective of the famous stupa. Tibetan Buddhism is full of celestial mandalas and I thought it good to add in the Pole Star off centre. I was very happy when I got the film back from the lab and saw that the image had come out perfectly. This is a tricky shot to get, as there is a lot of light pollution, but the infamous power cuts in Nepal helped make the light good in the picture!