Travel Photography: Children Of Kashmir (By Shahzeb Younas)
I left the backyard area to join my friends. After walking away for about 30 seconds, I hear a shout out from behind, as I turn, I have this perfect moment awaiting to be captured

Travel Photography: Children Of Kashmir (By Shahzeb Younas)

I was thinking of possible reasons why people like to travel and visit new places. Everyone looks so fresh in their travel pictures. There is a glow upon the face and happiness reflecting in the smile when I see a friend’s out-of-country picture.

One obvious reason is that people get too tired of their current situation and life that they need a break every now and then. However, at times, they may just be sick of the society they live in: the norms, the culture, the way of thinking etc. and the best solution to get a fresh perspective is to take a step back. Pack a bag, get on a bus, and experience life.

Almost everyone likes to travel.

...and just when we were about to leave Kashmir, it rained. There cannot be a more blissful moment

…and just when we were about to leave Kashmir, it rained. There cannot be a more blissful moment

But everyone likes to travel for a short period of time and then to spend a long time back home. The issue with me is that I like to do it the other way around: coming home for vacations.

Travelling with a group of friends to Kashmir was one of the best kind of decisions; spontaneous. Photography is a hobby that i do on recreational levels, and some of the images I managed to capture in Kashmir are now my personal favorites.

A Kashmiri kid observes a group of young outsiders from Karachi trekking up to the mountainous settlement of houses.

A Kashmiri kid observes a group of young outsiders (Read: Shahzeb and company) from Karachi trekking up to the mountainous settlement of houses.

Up on the mountain: On walking for quite a while towards a house, kids are seen playing pebbles

Up on the mountain: On walking for quite a while towards a house, kids are seen playing pebbles

Up there, it's more than just a pebble game

Up there, it’s more than just a pebble game

Some more Kashmiri kids carefully observing the obviously different looking young group of outsiders from Karachi.

Some more Kashmiri kids carefully observing the obviously different looking young group of outsiders from Karachi.

Remember how the travel books talk about the shyness factor in Kashmir kids? You give them a smile and they'll smile back as if saying "you can never catch me".

Remember how the travel books talk about the shyness factor in Kashmir kids? You give them a smile and they’ll smile back as if saying “you can never catch me”.

I had to wait in the backyard for about 25 minutes to get this imperfect shot. He kept on running inside the house as if someone was there seeking continuous updates about the stranger

I had to wait in the backyard for about 25 minutes to get this imperfect shot. He kept on running inside the house as if someone was there seeking continuous updates about the stranger

15 more minutes and that "someone" disguises herself. Now with 2 shy Kashimiri kids to capture from a distance of approximately 100 feet, the quest becomes much more challenging

15 more minutes and that “someone” disguises herself. Now with 2 shy Kashimiri kids to capture from a distance of approximately 100 feet, the quest becomes much more challenging

I left the backyard area to join my friends. After walking away for about 30 seconds, I hear a shout out from behind, as I turn, I have this perfect moment awaiting to be captured

I left the backyard area to join my friends. After walking away for about 30 seconds, I hear a shout out from behind, as I turn, I have this perfect moment awaiting to be captured

A dhabba in the more established part of Kashmir; on the way back

A dhabba in the more established part of Kashmir; on the way back

I am not sure if that was actually a handmade tobacco roll or something more....natural...

I am not sure if that was actually a handmade tobacco roll or something more….natural…

The market place after the sunset.

The market place after the sunset.

On the road again to witness these beautiful snow-capped mountains. The different shades are visually stunning!

On the road again to witness these beautiful snow-capped mountains. The different shades are visually stunning!

It's break time at the Madrassah

It’s break time at the Madrassah

When I moved closer, they also moved closer - not to me but to the madrassah gate. A stranger is a stranger after all...

When I moved closer, they also moved closer – not to me but to the madrassah gate. A stranger is a stranger after all…

Last few glimpses of the heaven on earth.

Last few glimpses of the heaven on earth.

Post-rain green-y Kashmir

Post-rain green-y Kashmir

A chai dhabba in the middle of nowhere... Just Kashmir things.

A chai dhabba in the middle of nowhere… Just Kashmir things.

Shahzeb Younas is an esteemed member of the SUBLOG team. He also happens to be a phenomenal photographer, blogger and art enthusiast. All photographs displayed for this article are the property of Shahzeb Younas. President and Founder of the Youth Arts and Literary Exhibition (YALE), Shahzeb’s blogs as: http://shahzebyounas.tumblr.com/

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Shahzeb Younas: Photographer, blogger, mufta traveller and a total siyapay-baaz. Bollywood is cooler.
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