I'm going over my images from Kumbh Mela again, as, to be honest, it was quite an incredible experience. A gallery is now online here of the people and sights from 72 hours on the banks of the River Ganges.
If Bert Hardy had been alive, he would have been 100 this year. Though a gifted war photographer, Hardy's spontaneous and sharp images of people in everyday situations were more characteristic of his work. An exhibition of his images is showing at the Photographers' Gallery in London from 4 April to 23 May 2013.
This weekend, I led a group of photographers from the Hong Kong Photography Club as we attempted to create images of Sham Shui Po, a bustling market area in Kowloon, in the style of Bert Hardy. You can see my five favourite images from the afternoon below.
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Chandni Chowk is an assault on all the senses in the most wonderful way. We spent an afternoon wandering the back streets tasting the food, drinking chai masala, chatting with the locals and talking their photographs. You can see some of the images I took here.
I spent last Friday night (12:30am to 7:30am) wandering the streets of Hong Kong. It was incredible to see the same streets that by day are packed with stalls, traffic and people, but now with almost no one around. My night was dedicated to photographing the "nightwalkers" - those individuals that were spotted wandering the streets in the dead of night for whatever the reason. Some were likely heading home. Others were heading to work. Either way, their quiet journey was one being travelled alone.
Joss Paper, also known as ghost or spirit money, are sheets of paper that are burned in traditional Chinese deity or ancestor worship ceremonies during special holidays, and also burned in traditional Chinese funerals. It is traditionally made from coarse bamboo paper, although rice paper is commonly used. Traditional joss is cut into individual squares or rectangles. Each square of paper has either a thin piece of square foil glued to its centre or it may be endorsed with a red ink seal from a traditional Chinese seal. The colour of the paper is white, white colour representing mourning, the square...
I saw these three construction workers sitting on the far side of the road. Trying to be subtle, I placed my camera on the ground and pointed it roughly in their direction, and fired off a dozen shots using a remote trigger. Obviously I wasn't as subtle as I thought. To my surprise one of the captures had all three of them looking right at the camera. Here are a couple of other shots I got today through placing the camera on the ground for the shot.
Just outside the city of Suzhou, the town of Tongli is over 1000 years old. The town centre is based upon seven islands created by fifteen rivers, with forty nine bridge connecting them. Its history includes having a long string of famous individuals such as poets like Liu Yazi, painters and Confucian scholars who have each made significant contributions to progress in many areas of the country. Dozens of stone tablets from different periods are preserved in Tongli and many of the streets are named after their official titles.
Crawford Market is one of the prominent markets of Mumbai. It is located in South Mumbai, to the north of Victoria railway station and opposite the Police headquarters. The market is called so, after the City's Municipal Commissioner Arthur Crawford. Though it is now officially known as the Mahatma Jyotirao Phule Market, it is still popular by its former name. The construction of the market building was completed in 1869. One of the main features of the building is the Clock Tower, which is adorned with beautiful Victorian carvings.
Motorised cabs replaced the horse-driven Victoria or buggies in 1911 and since then there has been no looking back. The very first cabs were the Dodge, Chevrolet and Plymouth models and the good old Premier Padminis that are now rattling their way out have been there for 40 years. So why not chill out for a moment and celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the black-and-yellow icon.
It was certainly unknown to me that the peninsula that is currently Bombay was actually a series of seven islands about 500 years ago, of which Colaba (or Kolabhat - which means Koli estates - as the indigenous inhabitants of the islands called it) was the most Southern. Around 40 Koliwadas exist in the region today, having survived periods of Hindu colonization around the end of the 13th century, Muslim rule until the mid-16th century, foreign colonization first by the Portuguese and then by the British, and the explosive expansion of modern Mumbai. In the 17th century, Queen Elizabeth formally...
At the end of Qing Dynasty, some food stalls which sold congee, rice, noodles, snacks and etc. were developed along the streets (such as Wellington Street and Tai Ping Street) in Hong Kong, because at that time it was not easy for people to get a license for opening a restaurant. The stalls were movable wagons and there were some small stools and tables near the wagon for customers to rest on. After the Second World War they were issued with a “Dai Pai” (“Big license”) and so nicknamed “Dai Pai Dong” - “big licence stall”. Identifying individual Dai Pai Dongs is nigh on impossible,...
Unlike some triptychs that are created by slicing up a single image, this one is actually three separate photographs. Taken at Bowrington Market near Causeway Bay in Hong Kong, these gentlemen were amused at the fact that I simply stood on the other side of the street and refused to move until I had the three pictures I wanted. Several weeks later I went back and gave them a copy of the final print.