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Universal Language


Nepal Portrait Collection

Name: Universal Language

Date: Fall 2012

Country: Nepal

Honors: International Photography Awards 2015

There is a shyness when languages are a barrier. The bold and brazen explorer that I am quietens and notices the nuances of people’s natures during those moments. The universal language discovered during my travels abroad is the most simple…a smile. The moment when the shyness disappears and the person opens their soul, for a smile is the soul singing.

The children of Nepal have a light within them that burst forth like rays of sunshine. Beaming forth with their radiating smiles they draw you in becoming even more loveable. My favorite little monk glowed, his smile keeping me tethered to him like a balloon.

I spent five months living in one of the most extreme regions of the world. Extreme poverty. Extreme hardship. Extreme beauty. Extreme happiness. Extremely wonderful smiles. That time left an intelligible mark on my soul. During my moments of madness living in the fast-paced reality of the States, my mind drifts back to the extreme simplicity and wonderment expressed in their faces…and I glow.

This image was given the Honorable Gold Mention in the Non-Professional, Editorial: Personality category in the 2015 International Photography Awards.


Order: Available in multiple sizes. To obtain your own fine art print, visit the Order Page.

Stories: The images were taken while I was on a 18-month sabbatical around the world. To read of my experiences in Nepal, visit 30 Days of Adventure.