This is a simple scene, but telling. The barefoot boatmen wade through the detritus on the river bank. A string of beads lies in the water, maybe carried downstream from the funeral ghats just up river. The decaying brickwork and the old boat showing that entropy is having its way.
A scene on the river Ganges, The Ganga, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
After the shock of celebrating my birthday yesterday with a picture in technicolor, here we are back to another truly exciting and memorable monochrome.
Perhaps the title for this one should be ‘Peanuts for Peanuts’.
A street scene captured in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. It’s sometimes difficult to read peoples reactions to having their picture taken.
Is it suspicion, fear, annoyance? Does he think that he’s been caught out?
I’m pretty sure that I would feel all of those and more….
Do we have the right to intrude? Should we reserve the right for people to see only our good side, or should we use our camera to catalogue and record even the negative and less than ideal conditions? I almost decided to delete this picture.
But life can be dour…..
A well earned rest in the middle of the day.
A street scene from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A surreal scene on the banks of the Ganges in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Another street photography environmental portrait that was taken in the back lanes of Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. As you can guess, the kids have no inhibitions about wanting to get into a photograph, so people can almost be queuing up to have their photo taken. Elsewhere you have to persuade folk to pose for their picture.
There maybe serious health and safety issues about working under that archway, but it makes for a photogenic scene. I love exploring places like this. There is always another corner to peer around and another alleyway to discover that’s full of incident and detail.
A brief return to Fatepur Sikri for this black and white scene where families were enjoying their visit to this north India attraction.
The streets of India are always animated by the children, and a tourist carrying a camera is a magnet for crowds of kids who gather to ask “where you from”, or “what’s your name” or even, and less appealing, “school pen?”
If you are busy taking photos they will stand there waiting for you to take their picture and will quickly line up ready for their portrait. Agra in Uttar Pradesh is especially appealing for its narrow streets and excited children.
A visit to that icon of Indian architecture is the ideal opportunity to upload your pictures to Facebook or text your granny….