© 2017 by Amanda Bensel

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PHOTOGRAPHY / PROJECTS / BUS LE JANNE

"Bus le janne" means "to go by bus." This project documents the conditions and experience of travelling by bus in rural Nepal. With a government lacking both the funds and capacity to operate a nation wide public transit system, "public" buses in Nepal are operated by private regional organizations that are corrupt, territorial and often threaten violence to other bus companies if they trespass on their turf. Thus they essentially operate as mafias with monopolies over different districts of the country. The resulting services are not focused on customer experience; instead it's a race to the bottom, with drivers over-packing buses in order to make maximize profit, a fleet of crumbling vehicles, and reckless driving. 
 

AMANDA BENSEL