Around a week ago, I posted a street portrait I made in the Bab Al Bahrain area in Manama, Bahrain. I mentioned that I had made a couple of portraits that day, so thought I’d show you the other one, too – also from the souk area close to the Bab Al Bahrain Gate. This one was also shot […]
A Street Portrait from Bahrain
Last week I spent a few days in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, and decided to try and make some street portraits. Together with a photographer friend who lives in Bahrain, I headed into the Babul Bahrain area close to where I was staying in Manama.
In this area of Bahrain, there are many Bahraini people of Indian and Pakistani heritage as well as those of Arab descent, and the area is full of interesting characters. We wandered through the narrow streets of the souk, past market traders selling their wares and numerous groups of men drinking Arabic coffee or chai, deep in animated conversation.
It was 5 o’clock in the afternoon by the time we arrived in the area, just one hour before sunset, so there was not much time available for photography, as the light levels in the narrow lanes of the market plummeted quickly once the sun sank below the horizon. Nonetheless, I did succeed in making a couple of street portraits, and this is one of them.
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.
Posted in India
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.
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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...