Solo Travel to India - Part 2
As promised, here is the Part 2 of my Solo Travel to India this past January. (You can check out Part 1 here: http://www.jfphotoblog.com/india-and-film-and-the-artists-ego/) It's a bit more image heavy, in the hopes that you'll be able to feel a little closer to this beautiful part of the world.
Literally obsessed with the blue plaster walls in this palace. Home decor inspiration abounds!
I waited...a REALLY long time for these birds to take off to get the image I was dreaming up in my head. Hashtag worth it! And bonus: I didn't even get crapped on.
The color and texture in every corner of every place was astounding.
This family invited me to spend some time in their small village, showing me around their homes. They were pretty fascinated with my hair and asked me to take their portraits - and then, of course, a selfie with them!
This man was making pottery on a wheel that was completely electronic free. He spun it with a stick until it had enough momentum to spin a pot.
COLOR EVERYWHERE YOU GUYS!
Color. And goats.
I saw a real life snake charmer for the first time in my life.
These ladies had just made a three day pilgrimage to the Ganges, and were taking a break while they waited for their linens to dry after bathing in the river at sunrise. Being from the south of India, they had a dialect that was difficult to understand, but their smiles communicated it all. And everyone knows the word "photo", which made this portrait an easy one to take!
On the shore of the Ganges, funeral pyres burn 24/7. The pile in the foreground is the ashes from the day's pyres, waiting to be set out into the river. The cows wander freely, eating the carnation flower offerings, and the perfume in the air from the fires and incense is intense. You can read a little bit more about the funeral rites and traditions here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/proof/2014/08/07/the-pyres-of-varanasi-breaking-the-cycle-of-death-and-rebirth/
Standing in front of the Taj was surreal. I spent so much time looking at photos of this magnificent building in books and in movies - to actually be there was an experience I will never forget.
Per multiple requests (yay!), I'll be offering a few images from India for sale in my print shop. Feel free to reach out directly to me if you're interested in anything you've seen here!