India has fascinated me – so many bright colours, amazing sights and most importantly: wonderful people. I’ve met so many interesting people during our short trip to Delhi, Jaipur and Pushkar, it was incredible.
I know that my biggest struggle in photography is not the technical details or the composition, but actually overcoming the anxiety to approach an individual and take his/her picture.
I often feel as if I’m a thief, I’m an intruder stealing a picture. But of course, that’s the wrong mindset. I should be confident and happy that I’ve found an interesting character, who I’d like to take a picture of to tell a story. Once I show the final photo to the subject, the person often smiles and is happy – I’ve seen something interesting in him/her and captured it.
So really, as soon as I change into this mindset and openly approach my subject, asking ‘how are you’ and chat a little, it becomes easier to take a better picture. And of course, a smile helps. That’s how I managed to shoot the following pictures of some great characters in India.
Let me introduce you to this men in Jaipur, he was having tea at his doorstep – he smiled at me and even offered me to share a cup of tea with him…
… while this men was sitting next to the steps to the holy lake in Pushkar.
Or these two men, who might be brothers – they were both working in a small little kitchen in the streets of Jaipur. It looked like they were making samosas, but we did not have time to wait to try them. I’m sure they would have tasted very nice!
I met this lovely girl while waiting for my friends at the Amer Fort, she was visiting with her parents. Two very proud parents of a beautiful girl. They had travelled from Delhi to visit the famous sight.
In the backstreets of Jaipur were lots of little workshops – I noticed some that were green/blue in colour and the workers were using polish stones, on some sort of green stone nails. I don’t really know what it was, but the colours were amazing.
In general, I really enjoyed all the colours everywhere. This men was sitting in front of a blue wall in the pink city of Jaipur, just watching me taking pictures. He waved at me to come over and take his picture too.
Of course, food plays an important part in India too – so this men was actually up early in the morning, preparing the pakora snack, so that his colleague could fry it later.
Here is a man with a beautiful red turban – I’ve seen quite a couple of those, they seem to be very popular!
Finally, a few steps down the street were four men having a nice chat in the morning – they just stopped briefly so I could take the picture – then they continued as if nothing had happened. A perfect Saturday morning in Jaipur it seems…