He don’t like cricket. Oh, no. He loves it.
As I walked up through the old city to the Jodhpur Fort I came across this guy working out. He’d clank the dumbbells together with each repetition, and the sound would echo along the walls of the fort like church bells.
A quick close-up portrait of a boy in Jodhpur, and since we’ve got these fantastic blue walls as a backdrop…
Jodhpur, the Blue City. The walls in the oldest part of the city near the fort are often painted blue. The paint then begins to age, flake and peel creating these beautiful textured surfaces.
Although I had no plans to buy souvenirs for myself while in India, I did want to get images of the various items that are available for the tourists.
Sometimes things don’t go quite as expected. I’m standing on the bank of the Yamuna River with the Taj Mahal right in front of me. My favorite shots from the afternoon, however, are the goat herders that were wandering along the dusty riverbank. The last rays of sun created a glow on everything they touched. Magic.
In the late afternoon I crossed to the other side of the River Yamuna to see the Taj Mahal from the Mehtab Bagh Park. Knowing I already had the classic postcard shot of the Taj, I wanted to be a little more creative. The shape of the Taj Mahal is so distinctive, it is recognizable even when out of focus. I first tried a shot with some low hanging flowers, and then moved onto barbed wire. These shots of the Taj Mahal behind the wire, are examples of capturing a story in a single image. Of course, unless you provide a detailed caption, it is up to the viewer to determine exactly what the photograph means.
Either from a artistic or a commercial point of view, sometimes you want to show people in the shot, sometimes you don’t. Photo editors can be very specific with their requests “I’d like an image of x at dawn with no people” or “I need a landscape shot of z during the day showing tourists visiting but no identifiable faces”.