Navesh Chitrakar

Navesh Chitrakar

Based
Kathmandu, Nepal
Born
Kathmandu, Nepal
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 5D, 1D Mark IV
“My camera made me the person I am today. I never get tired of taking pictures.”

Beat

I’ll do almost any assignment that I’m given, but here in Nepal I mostly cover festivals, political issues, and lifestyle stories.

One Shot

. KATHMANDU, Nepal. Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar
Supporters of the Unified Communist Party Nepal (Maoist) arrive for a mass gathering in Kathmandu on June 15, 2012.
“I like the moment and the expression that I was able to capture in this picture. You can see the supporters of the Unified Communist Party Nepal arriving for a mass gathering with dust flying up behind them as they run forward with great enthusiasm.”

Profile

I was raised as part of a family of artistic photographers and journalism and art were what I wanted to do when I was very young. I thought that I would be a good artist someday, but at that time I never thought that I would be a photojournalist.

Everyone has ups and downs in their life and so did I. I was never able to be a good student or a good son during my school and college days. Everyone who knew me said that I would never do anything in my life but my uncle Gopal Chitrakar, who didn’t lose hope, lent me his old camera whenever there were family gatherings. Holding that camera for the first time gave me a good feeling.

Soon I fell in love with photography and I started to explore with it. Very quickly, my camera became my best friend. To this day, I love to spend time with it. My camera made me the person I am today. I never get tired of taking pictures.

It was when I started working for one of the local newspapers here in Nepal that I got my first assignment. I was thrilled and excited. I was also afraid, and had lots of questions going through my head like: What if I screw up? What if my picture is not good enough? I gave my all to produce a good image and I have to say it was not bad.

The assignment that really left a mark on me was covering the by-elections in Myanmar. I was overwhelmed and thrilled to see how people reacted when they came face to face with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It was amazing to be a part of such a great event.

I try to produce my pictures as simply as I can so that almost anyone can understand them. But being simple is very difficult sometimes when an artistic way of thinking gets mixed up with the picture.

Be at the right place at the right time, and never give up on things easily - that's my biggest lesson. Keep trying and one day, sooner or later, your hard work will pay off.

Behind the Scenes

. BHAKTAPUR, Nepal
Reuters Photographer Navesh Chitrakar takes pictures while covering the Bisket festival in the ancient city of Bhaktapur.