Fatepur Sikri was founded as the capital of the Mughal Empire in 1571 by Emperor Akbar. It served this role from 1571 to 1585, when Akbar abandoned it due to a campaign in Punjab and it was later completely abandoned in 1610. This is a view of the palace courtyard and Diwan-i-Khas.
A late afternoon walk through the streets of Agra and people stop to talk. The boys approached to have their photo taken, and in the background, Alan is engrossed in a conversation. In both interactions the body language is all part of the rich pattern of communication.
This is a reworking of one of my favourite photos taken in Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India.
The town had the character of the wild west and in presenting it as a monochrome with a narrow depth of field helps to reinforce that perception. The treatment also gives it the appearance of a stage or film set.
This scene was one of a series taken in Varanasi when we arose before dawn to record the ceremony of Aarti. If you are ever visiting this part of India be prepared for ‘in your face India’, and I can recommend the experience of the pre-dawn ceremony. It’s a highly spiritual event as the light gradually breaks over the Ganges.
A warm evening light graces the street at Hampi, Karnataka, India.
The small chai stall is seen by the bus stand in Kannur, Kerala, India.
The wonderful Karnataka landscape of Hampi.