A random selection of street photography from southern India, taken a few years back on a film camera.
In Mumbai, some like to do their reading barefoot, right by the water’s edge.
Preaching virtue while waiting for the light to change at a busy intersection, Mumbai.
Selling plastic bubble goo (and a goat or two…), Mumbai.
Striking a pose next to a muscular mural, Madurai.
This gentleman – and his chums in the background – found my fondness of this bullock utterly amusing. Madurai.
Another busy day at the office, Mamallapuram.
Not sure if this was a temple-in-a-truck or a shrine-on-wheels, but the man in the driver’s cabin – who also featured prominently painted on the side – was a big hit with the locals. Kanyakumari.
Barefoot but happy, Varkala.
I hope you enjoyed.
wow…. great to see my country in a different view 🙂
do read my posts on my travelling experience in some parts of the country
Thank you very much. I also enjoyed your perspective 🙂
Reblogged this on KMSRAJ51-Always Positive Thinker.
India does it again. Smiles in abundance. Didn’t find many here in Korea this morning.
Thanks – same here in Rome: sadly, not too many smiles lately…
Great shots again. Please, more! 🙂
Haha, thanks, Olli! 🙂
Yes I agree with Olli, more please! There is not doubt about it, photography in India is just up your alley! Never been there, but have been told that you need your camera ready at all times because there are so many fascinating moments! And going by these photos and from your previous albums with your ability to capture those ‘split seconds’ on camera which always tell us a story – I am very much looking forward to your Indian posts! Love the photo of the Brahman bull and the laughing audience. I get that all the time here in Mozambique – the locals looking perplexed and amused, most likely thinking we’ve completely lost our marbles!
Thanks, Lianne. Lost our marbles – i love that. And it perfectly expresses the situation. Though i always try to make sure my photography does not offend anyone, i am thankfully not worried if i end up looking a little… odd. No harm there, though, especially if everyone ends up enjoying a good chuckle together….
these were very good, love the 2nd, 3rd one the most.
Thank you very much, Alan!
They are really good, Aleksandro. The bull is my favorite, among many.
Thanks Bente. That bull was a lovable, gentle giant.
I must say, what I said earlier…you bring a fresh perspective…I have seen many photographs of India and Indians taken by people visiting, and many a times I find those photographs…stereotypical…and yet, here you are…providing a delightful angle! Waiting for more! 🙂
Thanks, Know-All! Sometimes, i can tell i’m taking pictures of little-photographed subjects simply by how people react to the camera. In India, there is (or was – these are a few years old) much curiosity, and hardly ever any hostility. You live in a grand country full of hard-working, friendly and clever people. 🙂
Thank you! 🙂 Of course, we do have our fair share of lazy, un-friendly and not-so-clever people! 😉
It doesn’t matter which continent you travel to Alessandro, you always manage to capture a brilliant series of photographs. Bravo!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope you are well and ready for Christmas!
Thank you very much, Calvin! Not really ready yet: i’ll just have to improvise it, when X-mas hits…
Wonderful pictures. Full of humour, pathos and life! Some say India is all about colour but you bring it to life even in monochrome!
Thanks, Eleanor. Yes, there is indeed much color in India. But, like the wonderful fragrances of flowers, incense and curries, the color was enjoyed, and left where i found it…
I like the preacher with paper.
Thanks, Amy – that was one unusual arrangement. Not really sure what exactly was going on there.
It really was very cool, it was the one that stood out for me. Maybe because the paper was backlit…? ~amy
Excellent selection, I really like the way you look at people, with humor but also empathy. Make we want to go back to India; but I think my wife is planning ahead already, we may head south this time. How did you like Mamallapuram?
Thanks, Waex! Mamallapuram was one of the loveliest places in all my travels. Easy-going, right by the beach, and with at least half the town busy sculpting stone statues… just lovely.
Incredible India… Really nice shots, Alessandro!
Yes, a truly incredible land. And a real eye-opener, for a European… Thank you, Antonio.
I hope they manage to hide it well 😀 (the lust in the look I mean) Now, seriously I adore this series 🙂 the grain size of the film, your compositions, b&w perfectly exposed. The fact that they have a lot of white teeth sure helps to brighten the captures 😉
Thanks, Paula. In India it’s like taking photos on the inside of a kaleidoscope… 🙂
Superb series. The bullock is amazing. Such texture in the foldsvof skin, a magnificent creature!
Thanks, Karen! That bullock certainly was one gentle giant – impossible to resist… 🙂
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