Today I took a break from trawling the darkened alleyways of old Delhi to try and do some justice to some of the incredible temples, forts, mosques and ruins that are all over Delhi.
It’s funny that just because you are a photographer people expect you to be good at every type of photography. Take Macro for example. I’m hopeless at it. Them bugs just won’t stick still for me!
Anyhoo, when it comes to landscapes I am better at it than macro stuff but I am certainly more out of my comfort zone than shooting people.
Today was a BIG day. Three amazing places in a day. The Guruwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple, The Purana Qila Old Fort and the Lodi Gardens. Each one some of the highlights of the trip.
The whole point of my trip here is to shoot images for a new Travel Photography Workshop I am launching in 2014. Therefore a lot of todays images were based around certain compositional ideals I have and want to demonstrate during those events. Needless to say I have a LOT of images from today so I am not going to bore you with too many but I’ll share a couple of stories and some images.
I was fortunate to be at the Sikh Temple today as they changed the cloth wrapping on the flag pole that holds the Nishan Sahib Flag, one of the symbols of Sikhism. This pole is huge, at least 200ft high. The holy man is raised on a small chair to the top of this pole to wrap the fabric around the pole. A sight to see indeed!
It is a rare to have the cloth changed and has to be requested and paid for by one of the followers, usually as a sign of thanks to the Guru. I was lucky to meet the man who had asked for today’s changing and he told me it was being done as his sister has just had twins after 8 years of marriage and no children. Needless to say the family were very pleased and it was an honour to be involved. I took some photos for them, shared in some of the celebratory sweets and shared many laughs of happiness. A wonderful experience indeed.
Here’s a couple more from the Temple
Next up I headed to the Old Fort. Given the disappointment of yesterdays visit to the Red Fort where everything was closed to public access this was a delightful change. The place was in a far more natural state of decay worthy of any ancient monument without the over zealous ‘restorations’ taking place elsewhere. The grounds were huge and it was a genuine pleasure to walk around and imaging the fort in its heyday. People have been living on this spot for 5000 years.
I’ll post more pics of the old fort at a later date so as not to make this blog too long.
While travelling by tuk-tuk between the old fort and my next stop, Lodi Gardens we swung around the corner and there was an elephant heading down the street with a girl chasing it.
I had but a moment to grab one shot. The camera settings were all wrong but I love the feel of the shot that I did get.
With my senses heightened looking for more elephants my eyes shot to something out of the corner of my eye and I quickly brought my camera to my eye to capture the next ‘elephant’…
The Lodi Gardens were a lovely place to walk around. Quietude from the hustle and bustle of the city. People playing cricket, courting couples finding time away from family and dotted throughout the park some wonderful ruins.
A long day out and about. A lot more about the places rather than the faces. Tomorrow is my last day here. I’ve hit most of the shoot locations I wanted to get to. Souvenirs for the kids are on the agenda for tomorrow along with a bunch more portraits I hope. My next update will be in a few days after I get home.
My last shot for today was taken just as my tuk-tuk pulled up to y hotel. An ox pulled cart was being chased by some school boys trying to get on. I think this shot captures the sense of excitement and boyhood fun they were having.