1987, Kathmandu, Nepal
Plate 12, 27x18
All the men in this area of Nepal carried these same types of large knives. It seems to be more of a statement than a weapon. They are always visible, and on occasion, I have seen the owner touch it or move it about, but I never saw it drawn. From what I could learn, this is a way of saying that if I am attacked, I can and will fight back.
On the occasion of this photo, the man was just walking along with the boy. We asked if he would allow me to take a picture. What prompted me to ask was that he was typical—his build, his expression, his attitude. He was friendly enough and yet somewhat aloof or distant. All in all, he was somewhat as his mountains—beautiful, friendly, yet distant and rugged.