July to September 2016 - Nepal
Nepal is more widely known for its high mountains, its “poverty,” and its strong earthquakes. Stuck between China and India, this country faces significant changes. In the last few years, with the development of the digital age, smartphones have become a daily tool for most of the Nepalese. This new technology touches all generations, in cities or remote areas.
Like in many countries from this part of the world, the democratization of photography has been quick. Before it was used only for immortalizing rare instants; nowadays films and photo labs has been replaced by smartphone and tablets. This new medium, manufactured in the nearby Chinese factories, accessible at a low price, allowing to store and to share high numbers of photographs, has revolutionized the relation to the image.
To do a selfie with friends or with Hindu divinities, smartphones externalize the relation to the other or yourself. To watch a Bollywood movie in remote mountains or during a long bus journey, it connects numerically areas which are geographically disconnected. Sign of modernity, it also promotes traditions as it has a significant place during religious gatherings, and enable to immortalize festivals on social networks.