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Freya Dowson is an international documentary photographer based in Dubai.

About Freya

Nepal marked the start of my three week journey away from home – three weeks, three different countries. Here is a photo diary from my trip around Nepal…


My time in Nepal went so quickly, I was there for a job and we flew into Kathmandu one evening and flew out the next morning to Nepalgunj. The thing with working and traveling is that you don’t really get a minute to breathe and take it all in – I had barely registered that I was actually in Kathmandu before I had to leave again. I feel like 40 years from now, if someone asks if I have ever been to Nepal I might answer “I think so…?”. It all went by in the blink of an eye.

Working in remote communities off the beaten path means A LOT of driving. Every trip I go on involves at least one five hour car journey and it’s always such a good way to see a country. And Nepal is seriously beautiful. The people, the light, the landscape… all of it is a dream for any photographer.

I did have a few hours to myself to wander around one of the communities we visited at sunset, and that is the part of this trip that I will remember the most – making friends and watching the sun go down. That and flying from Kathmandu to Delhi over the Himalayas, drinking Nepalese tea which is the sweetest of all the teas, and dropping my phone in a (clean, thank goodness) toilet in Kathmandu – that moment before you have to plunge your hand into a toilet is just not something I would wish on anyone. My phone lasted one more week but it finally died on the second part of my trip. But in other news, yeay iphone 7 plus!!

Happiness, not in another place but in this place…
Not for another hour but for this hour.
– Walt Whitman

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