Of course, not just the kids are amazing – also the people I’ve met. I can’t show you all the pictures I’ve taken during my visit to Jodhpur, but let me share some images of a street cleaning lady. She worked every day, on the streets surrounding the guesthouse where we stayed in.
I can’t believe that she was wearing such colourful, beautiful clothes while sweeping the street – but she was not the only one doing this. In fact, all the street cleaners (who were all women) wore nice saris! It’s incredible; given all the dust and dirt they are surrounded by.
Luckily the area where we stayed in was very clean (it was the high court colony, so a very good area of Jodhpur) and the street cleaner didn’t have to deal with too much dirt – but still, can you imagine cleaning the streets every day in such clothes? By the way, she was super friendly.
When I told her that I was practicing photography and wanted to take shots from her, with the sun coming through from behind, she was perfectly fine with that. Initially she was shy, especially when I took the first shot, but then she continued with her work and I could take several different shots – which turned out really nice. Again, I printed off copies that I gave to her the next day. She was pleased, but she had asked for more than the three that I had given her… oh well, I had to admit that not all of the 20 photo I took were that nice!
On another day, during our travel in the Thal desert, we stopped at a temple. An old man was sitting near by and we asked him if he could participate in a photo shoot. Gary wanted me to practice how to shoot someone in the middle of the day, in harsh light. Of course, I can’t shot in the bright sunshine, so I asked the old man to step inside a building and I used the light from the doorway to illuminate his face.
Again, he was very patient – he was half-blind and could not understand why we kept asking him to move left, move a step back, move a step to the front – and we told him that we’ll send him the prints per post. That kept him going and he was curious where we were from, why we came to this remote part of the desert etc. Our guide Bablu explained that we were photographers from all over the world and the old man was truly amazed!
What an incredible encounter, and yes, I will post him his pictures!