New Delhi Railway Station
New Delhi Railway Station, India

Apr 29th

2013

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New Delhi Railway Station

Last week, I was back in Delhi, and spent the afternoon shooting at New Delhi Railway Station.  New Delhi is the second-busiest railway station in India – and one of India’s largest. Over 300 trains each day pass its 16 platforms, and it handles around 360,000 passengers each day; it also has the largest route interlocking system in the world.

Despite these superlatives, my interest was less in the railway station itself, and more in the flood of humanity which passes through it on a daily basis. Individuals; families; colleagues; friends; lovers; old and young; healthy and sick; people parting; people reunited; people hurrying; people waiting; people sleeping and picnicking; goods being loaded and unloaded; porters scurrying, trains arriving and departing: New Delhi Railway Station is a people-photographer’s paradise.

Or at least it was, until the railway police told me sternly that photography in the railway station was forbidden. By then, I’d already been there four hours, and the light was fading; I actually felt that I’d been quite lucky, as I’d seen plenty of police while I was shooting, and up to that moment, none had taken any interest in my activity.

Here are a few of the images from the afternoon – click on any image to see it larger.

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

Porter, New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

 

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

 

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

New Delhi Railway Station, India (Ian Mylam/© Ian Mylam (www.ianmylam.com))

New Delhi Railway Station, India (© Ian Mylam)

 

 

Comments (4)
  1. 30 April 2013 at 6:12 AM

    Wonderful series Ian! I especially love the portraits. “Mustache man” is the best! C.

  2. Steve Parker

    16 May 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Hi Ian,

    Not been around for a while and I meant to post up when I first saw these. As usual, excellent work.

    Having spent some time looking at these I get the feeling that so many of them, particularly the portraits, would make for strong black and white images. I’m not saying they don’t work in colour but I just feel that these would make for a stronger set if the viewer wasn’t distracted by the presence of the colour.

    That’s just my opinion of course and I have no wish to offend. It is, as always, personal preference and I’m sure you know that I lean heavily into B&W anyway. Guess I’m biased!

    Regards

    Steve

    • Ian

      16 May 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Steve, thanks, I appreciate all your comments, and am grateful for your informed feedback, whether positive or negative – bring it on! I did try image number five as a black & white image – and preferred it that way – although one of the things I like about this image is the depth created – both the illusion of physical depth, and the addition of a layer to the visual story – by the porter walking past on the platform visible in the distance pulling the cart – and that definitely lost (for me) too much visual mass in the monochrome version. I confess that I didn’t try b&w with the other images, though – perhaps I should have done. I wish I produced more work in black & white, but so often find myself seduced by colour – I respond very strongly to colour. Thanks for the suggestion, and I’ll try harder in future to remember the power of b&w! :)

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