The Girl Who Knew Too Much Production Blog

Okay, so this is old news! We have been in Nepal for over two weeks now. I tried to send this post out before we even left home as an introduction—a welcome to this adventure—but for some reason it didn’t work. But here we go. I am going to start you off from the very beginning. More to come very shortly!

We are really doing this thing!

We made it to Nepal! It was a crazy, overwhelming packing-getting-ready experience. It included throwing a Spider-Man themed birthday party on Wednesday and the next day dropping off our almost-four-year-old boy at his grandparents’ house (Thank you, Grandma Char and Grandpa Randy!!!). This was perhaps the hardest thing I have EVER done. (Well, besides getting him into this world in the first place.) We feel so blessed he is going to be with family who love him so dearly and will lead him on his own adventure while we are in Asia.

Monday, we arrived in Kathmandu. WE MADE IT!

Tomorrow we head for the village!

Scott, Kristin, our amazing production assistant (more on her amazingness later), and I are here to finish filming. We will be gone for one month. It is a big deal.

Being back here is wonderful. I love the aroma of Kathmandu— burning garbage, wet brick, incense, chai, the marigold necklaces we received at the airport.  I am feeling all swirly with emotions right now—excitement, blessedness, anxiety with a dash of straight-up fear. But mostly, MOSTLY  I just feel super excited.

This is our first blog post for this trip to Nepal. You are being included because in some way you have supported THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. What I am hoping to do with this production blog is bring you along with us for the ride. Our crew of three will take turns writing and uploading pictures to show what are doing, seeing and feeling. We kept a blog during our last two production trips, and it has really been a great way for us to process our experiences.

So, this journal is very much for us, and we hope you get something out of it too. And of course NO WORRIES if you want to unsubscribe (below). There is a lot to take in in this world these days!

I am unsure how often we will be able to update the blog due to the lack of electricity in Kathmandu right now, but my goal is for at least 6 times in the next month. But who knows…

I am going to cheat a little bit here for our very first production blog entry. I am going to use an old blog post.

This post includes pictures of where we are going on tomorrow—Shanta’s village taken by her brother, RamKumar. For months and months, I have imagined what it will be like to return there. I can hardly wait to see Shanta’s family.  And now, two years later, it is happening. We are really doing this thing!

We have a big story to put together out there. We’re sure happy to have you along with us!

RamKumar picked up our camera our first morning in the village…

and did not put it down until we left. He wore it around his neck and when he wasn’t holding it up to his eye to take a shot, he was examining what he had taken on the back. Often with ten other kids surrounding him.

RamKumar is Shanta’s youngest brother. He is the second youngest of the Shanta’s six brothers and sisters. He is eleven years old. Shy. Sweet. Kind. And has a great eye for making pictures.

Here is an edit of my favorite images from RamKumar.

 

This was a fashion shoot. The girls brushed their hair, changed outfits and RamKumar placed them with the hillside in the background.

RamKumar photographed us working and I am so thankful. I love these pictures. I think they make me look like a badass.

Three boys shooting: The photo Scott was taking in above lower right.

RamKumar’s mom: If you knew her, you look at this pictures and think, “Yeah, that’s her.”

Sarita and Rashmita:  half sister and sister. (I love these girls so much!)

SiddhaRam: RamKumar’s older brother playing for the camera

RamKumar: Self Portrait

 

When we returned to Kathmandu, we had tons of prints made and sent them back to the village. I am curious to go back to see if and where they are displayed. Which ones?

Watching Ram Kumar with a camera makes me want to start a Born into Brothels type program in Nepal. But is art what they need? No, it’s probably not at the top of the list. It is just what I can give. But what if taking pictures did change the way kids in this village approached the world— gave them confidence and purpose? Or, what if learning photography was just another tease of what could be? Maybe if I really want to ‘make a difference’ I should go back to school for something concrete and useful — medicine, civil engineering, international law…psychology?

Watch This Short Video: RamKumar’s Photography

Can you guess what they are saying? Pretty soon you won’t have to–we’re finally getting the last bits translated, on this trip.

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