Archive for the ‘India’ Category

India – Part 4: Street Scenes

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

When I looked over my postings from yesterday I realized that by concentrating on images that were sharp, well-composed, and painterly I failed to show the busy, bustling energy of India. And so I went back to my files to look for some representational shots that I had originally rejected for one reason or another. In retrospect I think the energy in a few of these may make up for the technical imperfections. It is challenging to get exactly the shot you want when you are in the back of a bicycle rickshaw hurtling through traffic at breakneck speed. So here they are, a few of the out-takes. Let me know if you think they belong with the others.

A child alone in the tangle of wires of Old Delhi.

I love this guy.

Yes, there were cows.

And people

Lots of people.

Really, lots and lots of people.

India – Part 3: Mother Ganges

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

The Ganges River is revered by Hindus as Ganga Ma, Mother Ganges. It is here that Hindus come to bathe, to drink, and to die.

Cremations at night.

Waiting at dawn.

A boat launches.

Along the banks.

And looking across to the other side.

India – Part 2

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

More images from India.

Inside a Sikh temple.

Checking in at the Ranthambore Tiger Preserve. We did not see a tiger.

Outside a Hindu temple.

India – Part 1 Revised

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Since originally posting this I have had a chance to edit all of my images from India. This image, taken early in the trip remains my favorite. There is an elegance about the woman even as she begs.

India is a land of contrasts so vast and varied that it seems impossible for an outsider to appreciate, much less describe them. In Delhi alone, the vast boulevards and colonial architecture of New Delhi contrast sharply with the tangled streets, tangled wires and crumbling facades of Old Delhi (where locals tell us the real wealth of the city is to be found). The relative serenity of temples and mosques contrasts with the chaos of the roads, where buses, trucks, cars, scooters and bikes telegraph their intentions with a kind of honking Morse code as they weave their way through construction, cows, camels, and an occasional elephant. The deep sweep of history (this is the world’s second oldest civilization) is ever present – even as the country struggles to assume an enhanced role in the 21st century. Technology and temples, dharma and capitalism: in India the sacred and the profane sit side by side.

Instead of trying to analyze this amazing and complex place I will try to capture a few images that express the emotion it evokes. One of the first things I have noticed is that India is about its people whether they are beggars or businessmen.

This woman was begging inside Humayun’s Tomb.