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.
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.
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...
We were standing outside the train. Unknown to us, it had arrived 20 minutes early, giving ample time to the locals to dive at the train as it pulled in, squeeze passed each other through the doors and take up the best seats... we were still standing outside the train. I don't know what must have been going through this man's mind. Perhaps it was that we were clueless. As our departure time drew nearer, the realization struck that this was indeed our train. Fortunately we had 'beds' reserved for the 12-hour overnight journey to Chennai. Not so fortunate was that the bed was about 12 inches...
"Portraits from the Streets" is a collection of over 50 street photography images taken across India during October 2010. All of the images were shot in a style that included a post-processing technique to dramatize the harsh lighting in this part of the world. You can preview the book online here.