INDIA Photo Gallery
INDIA Photo Gallery
A 12 years old girl is performing tightrope walking in front of spectators during the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan.
This 3 days-event is held every year in February at some 40 km from Jaisalmer, into the Thar desert. Musical performances, camel races, turban tying or moustache competitions, the event represents a great opportunity to seize some nice indian folklore, make travel portraits as well as beautiful pictures of the desert.
Snake Charmers in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
In the eyes of the travellers and photographers, Rajasthan is still somehow a timeless region where people and situations often seem to come out from some fairy tales.
People and camel traders in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan.
The Thar desert which naturally separates India from Pakistan, is the most densily populated desert in the world although it is only the 17th largest one.
Gadisar Lake in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
Rajasthan has undoubtedly a magical and enchanting atmosphere, symbolising the India of exotism and tales, the one of the 1001 nights, the one of postcards.
A Langur Monkey is jumping away from the guardian of Savitri Temple near Pushkar, Rajasthan.
In India, as in the rest of Asia, monkeys are respected as descendants of Hanuman, the monkey deity that helped God Rama in the epic Ramayana, the Hindu main legend alongside the Mahabharata.
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Exhausted, this young man is resting on a street stall after a full day of crazy celebration for the Holi Festival, the festival of colours. Nowadays, everyone participate to this event whereas originally, only Hindus did. This manifestation honors different things, according to the numerous traditions existing in India : the end of the dry Winter and arrival of Spring, the time for forgiveness, the victory of good upon evil (Vishnu legend) and the commemoration of Love (Krishna legend).
People go down in the streets equipped with colours to throw on everybody else during this intense day of joy and crazyness, where lots of alcohol and marijuana drinks are involved.
This picture is a good example of it.
Street scene in Jaisalmer.
The colourful houses are always very photogenic. On this one, you have a good example of a picture that is interesting on different levels : the match of colours, the man getting his head out of the house thus giving it life and cultural element with Hindu god Ganesha painted on the wall.
For Hindus, Ganesha symbolises the protection from obstacles as well as the acquisition of wealth and prosperity. For these reasons, Ganesha is largely praid and honoured in India.
Picture taken in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
From above, subjects are presented from a different perspective. On this picture, it offered an original way to present the singularities of human and animal, through one part of their body, through details.
Indian policeman from Jaipur, Rajasthan.
The idea of an elaborate moustache into distinct facial features began in India at the time of the Rajputs. This ruling cast of Hindu wariors was prominent during the Middle-Age, especially in the north. With India’s independance in 1947, they started to fall down.
Street portrait of another man wearing the moustache in Jaipur.
Here, I liked the complementary colours of the orange background and the blue shirt, adding more particularity to the man’s face.
Portrait of a pilgrim Hindu woman in Pushkar, Rajasthan.
Pilgrimage is an important event into the life of a devotee so everywhere in India, you meet pilgrims from all religious confessions. Pilgrimage is a way to challenge one’s faith, surrendering his/herself to God(s), purifying his/herself and getting ready to a better reincarnation or ‘Heaven’.
Silhouettes walking in the Thar desert, Rajasthan.
These silhouettes are visitors coming back home after three days of celebrations for the Desert Festival of Jaisalmer.
Early morning puja in Hampi, Karnataka state.
The puja is a Hindu ritual to honour the whole creation and cultivate gratefulness for what was and is given to us.
A Mother with her child is walking at night in the street of Pushkar.
This is an example of using car lights as a back light during night time. It often creates interesting effects.
Sunset in Gadisar Lake, Jaisalmer.
Street portrait in Old Delhi.
Indian Muslim man outside the Jama Masjid in Delhi.
Second religion in India, Islam represents an important part of the country. Around the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosque in India with its 1200 m2, lies the muslim quarter of Delhi where you can get interesting scenes and portraits.
Portrait of a young Girl in Varanasi.
Unlike what people might think, it is not very easy to get a street portrait from a (young) woman in India. The contact between men and women are often reserved to the intimacy of the couple or the family. You get more easily portraits of women when they are sellers and especially if you buy something from their stall/shop.
But sometimes, you have a good feeling and the contact is done naturally, without any doubt from them on your good intentions. And that moment is quite precious.
Child working during the Holi Festival in Varanasi.
Despite this big national day of celebration, this 9 years old plastic collector was still working around. The state of Uttar Pradesh is India’s biggest hub of child labour and it accounts almost 20% of India’s child labourers. According to a 2016 study Against Child Labour, India has more than 1,260,000 child labourers.
Samanera in Bodhgaya, Bihar state.
In Pali lenguage, the word samanera, means ‘small monk’ or ‘boy monk’. Even if very young, they have to adopt part of the strict monastic code and study the canonical texts “Vinaya”, in preparation of their full ordination.
A 13 years old boy from Bikaner in Rajasthan, is posing for a portrait on his way to school.
An 8 years old Girl from the Village of Old Manali in northern India, is going back home after School in a day of Monsoon.
She unexpectedly jumped on the street so I had a very quick instant to get the picture.
This picture is about instantness and alertness.
An Indian Sannyasi is praticing Yoga before sunrise on top of Anjanadri Hill near Hampi in Karnataka state.
Yoga is part of the cultural heritage of India and you still see many Indian people doing Yoga as the sun rises. It also have attracted and still does, many foreigners in a spiritual quest or search for psycho-physical wellness.
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