STORY OF GOSAIKUNDA was created as a part of a project in Syafrubesi, Nepal. Gosaikunda Lake is a mountain basin situated 4 days walk away from Syafrubesi. For local people, who believe in a mix of Shamanism and Buddhism, the lake is a holy site and a source of power. 

The main aim of the project was to tell the story of the Gosaikunda lake in collaboration with the local community of Syafrubesi. It was also to enable a group of young people from the village to accomplish something spectacular. 27 children from Syafrubesi were not to become photographers, but they were to get encouraged and empowered, so they could find a way to achieve whatever they want to achieve, regardless of their economic situation.

As part of Chogar and Chona story about Gosaikunda a set of photographs illustrating local story shared by one of the local shamans were created. Different people in Poland and in the UK donated second hand digital cameras, which were taken to Nepal, so they young people there learn how to use them. During carefully planned sessions in Syafrubesi the story was divided and a professional storyboard was created. The group of children worked towards the plan, carefully designing every single picture. They shot knowingly and they were using variety of photographic means, playing with narrative sequencing and visual language of photography itself, carefully choosing the natural light or mixing it with artificial light, using long and short exposures, fake perspectives and so on. That resulted in a set of pictures to illustrate the Story of Gosaikunda.

Visit the project website to learn more!