Through the Indian gap

by Hetal Shah on February 24, 2012

in Life, Photography

My recent trip to India in January was an experience to say the least. It was as much a spiritual journey as it was a physical and emotional one. More on that in my future posts.

I’ve never been much of a photographer, but have loved the medium as a form of expression and story telling. As I’ve started to understand the art form more deeply, I’ve been drawn to certain types of expressive elements, predominantly photojournalistic and documentary styles.

And on this trip, I tried to experiment with one such aspect of story telling. To set the scene, we were on our way to our “dorms” in a place called Palitana – for Jainas, it holds a very intimate and spiritual place in their heart. So, we had an hour long car ride from the railway station to our dorm, and whilst others decided to make use of this golden opportunity to catch up on much needed sleep, I took out my camera to capture life on the streets of India.

The idea was to shoot certain passing moments as we drove by, and put together a reel of how multi-faceted life is on these streets – even when seen through the gap. It never ceases to amaze.

Horse and carriage, India street photographyAll aboard, India street photographyMother and child, India street photographyOld man on bicycle, India street photographyStreetside laundry, India street photographyRoadside cigarette break, India street photographyStreet vendor, India street photographyThe ubiquitous animal, India street photographyTwo women, India street photographyThe cool rickshaw, India street photographyOld man on scooter, India street photographyJain nun, India street photography

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