Friday, 2 January 2015

Carlos Esteves | Bhaktapur

Photographs © Carlos Esteves (CE-TOP Photography)- All Rights Reserved
I start the new year with photographic work from Carlos Esteves, a Portuguese photographer who, in some of his galleries, merges travel photography with an aesthetic akin to fashion photography.

I particularly liked Carlos' work from Bhaktapur in Nepal, where he not only photographed in the streets of this ancient city, not far from Kathmandu, but also photographed what I presume are dancers in traditional Nepali court costumes. At first glance, and seeing some of these dancers looking out of ornate windows, I thought that they might have been Kumari Devi (the "living goddess" who are pre-pubescent girls considered to be the earthly incarnations of the goddess known as Taleju in Nepal), but they were dressed as such.

Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees' and is considered as Nepal's cultural gem. It is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan.

Carlos Esteves has a degree in Computer Science and a Master in Business Administration, and is  mainly a self-taught photographer. His portfolio is certified by the Associação Portuguesa dos Profissionais da Imagem. He's passionate about traveling, and travel photography is a large component of his portfolio, and photographic interests.