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Street Portrait - Old Delhi, India

Sep 1st

2012

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One from the Archive #1 – Old Delhi, India

I've been looking through some old images this week, and discovered this one I shot in India a while back. I made a couple of portraits of this guy I met on the street in Old Delhi, and originally preferred the other photograph. As is sometimes the case with the passing of time and the gaining of experience, my perspective on the two images has changed, and I now like this photograph better. Even had that not been the case, I can see that I didn't do either of the two images justice in terms of how I processed them in the digital darkroom, so I decided to invest a few minutes in trying to get the best out of the raw file, and this is the result.

Dharavi Slum, Mumbai, India

Jun 11th

2012

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An Afternoon in the Dharavi Slum

Last week, I spent one day in Mumbai, India, and had the afternoon free to go out and explore and make some photographs. The early afternoon sun was beating down relentlessly, so I made for the huge Dharavi Slum close to my hotel to try and make some street portraits. On my meandering journey through the Slum, which lasted around four hours, interesting subjects were everywhere - but great light was not. I therefore made a conscious decision to first look for good light, and only then begin my search for an interesting subject to photograph in that light. I was, to use a well-worn photographic phrase, chasing the light.

Flirting with the Grim Reaper - Bangalore, India

May 3rd

2012

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Flirting with the Grim Reaper in India’s Garden City

Last week, I spent a day in the Indian metropolis of Bangalore, also known as the Garden City of India. Bangalore is well known as a centre for India's information-technology sector - it is also called the Silicon Valley of India - and is the third-most populated city in the country. In other words, it's huge. I had a few hours to kill, so I decided to head out with my camera and see what I could find. The fun started with an auto-rickshaw ride into the city centre. I use the word 'fun' loosely, because it was actually pretty terrifying. I am a regular traveller in India, and have become fairly used to the hair-raising driving of auto-rickshaw drivers, but this guy was in a suicidal class of his own...

Street portrait, Old Delhi, India

Mar 26th

2012

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Fire, spirits and reincarnation: the Magic of Delhi

Delhi is a city which fascinates me. As Tarun Tejpal, of in the Indian weekly news magazine India Today, writes: "Delhi has more layers of culture, civilisation and history extant in it than any other city in India, arguably, in the world." Not for the faint-hearted, it is a city which in the summer assaults the senses like few other places on Earth. The noise, oppressive heat, assorted smells, crush, and chaos of Shahjahanabad, the old city, have to be experienced to be believed. Delhi is also one of the most wonderful places - perhaps my favourite place - to make street portraits. These portraits were made in the only area of Delhi which has survived from the city of Tughlukabad - the Delhi of the Middle Ages.

Street portrait, Old Delhi, India

Jan 9th

2012

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Emotion Trumps Technique

This image was shot at a Sufi shrine in Old Delhi, India. On this day, I set out with the specific objective of making street portraits. Most of the portrait photographs I made were after asking permission, but this was one of several candid shots I made that day. This man was concentrating intently on […]

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