Intense yet exciting and thought-provoking, this trip to India has been in the planning since South America in 2010. It’s the one country that stood out for me, and as a documentary photographer, I couldn’t wait to get out there and explore the area.
The culture and general way of life is so unique and unusual, so far removed from anything we’re used to. As soon as you leave Delhi airport you’re thrown into this cauldron of noise and chaos; cars and cyclists driving up the wrong side of the road, three lanes becoming six, horns beeping constantly. It was safe to say I was completely out of my comfort zone.
The days were spent waking up early and exploring the area, resting when the sun was too high, and then going out later in the afternoon to carry on. A lot of the times it was a case of walking away from the tourist crowds, up spindly, narrow alleyways into residential areas where you wouldn’t know what you’d come across or how you’d be received. Some people thought I was lost, but the majority were happy to see a foreign face with an interest in their area. The children would run up and ask for their picture to be taken, the adults would at times invite you in for a cup of chai, or be generally inquisitive.
It was a real learning experience and whilst I found it a challenging and difficult place to photograph at times, I can’t wait to go back and explore some more.
The pictures below are from time spent in Delhi, Agra, Mumbai, and some of the towns and cities in Rajasthan – Bundi, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur. Feel free to go to my Facebook page and like or comment on any of the pictures. Would be interested to know your thoughts.