The Ancient Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang
#photostory by Ummid Shakya
I am an introvert; shy. Well I was more of this before. Around 2008-2009 it was that we (me and my uncle) decided to walk for a week at least or more in the region of lower mustang that is Jomsom and Muktinath with a kind of a very ambitious thought in mind of doing the Thorong pass from Muktinath.
Was almost a first timer, let’s say a second timer in terms of doing a trek. My uncle loves taking pictures and loved to be taken pictures of. I was very shy even to touch a camera. But then you are there at a new place, so very different and he wanted pictures of himself in this place so I was the only option.
Willingly or unwillingly I had to take the camera and press the shutter of himself and the place. But fortunately, I don’t know why if it is because of the place or the landscape of that place the picture came out good. After a day or two, I started to have a thought in my mind “yes, even I can take good pictures”. And that was it, it triggered photographer in me.
My unwillingness in the beginning changed into a willingness to hold the camera and take more pictures come the end of the trip. I couldn’t cross the Thorong pass, but I surely stepped across the line into a so called world of “the art of taking pictures”.
I had never seen such a place before, never known it had even existed, and it was so close to me yet I was so away from it. Then I decided something that I would give justice to these places and the medium for me would be “photographs”. And thinking of it, I now realize it was the first time I had made a choice to do something for myself. Had it not been for this trip, my photographs would have never existed and I would not have this feeling of content that I am giving back to these places.
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All Photos & Text by Ummid Shakya