What’s it like on the streets of Jodhpur, India’s “blue city”? As this travelling photographer sees it, it’s not all black and white. There are lots of grays there, too…
There are little girls going home after school and there are oversized jugs bearing portraits, somewhere along the road that leads to the hilltop fort.
There are hard working people that can cook up a full meal right there in an open lot with little more than a pot and a spoon.
And if there are a few moments to spare, a quick game of cards with some buddies makes the day a better one.
Some of the more photogenic work includes folding bright, recently-dyed cloth, after sun-drying it in the open.
Of course, some are so young they need not worry – yet – about school or work. Today’s activity? Cartwheels!
And, finally, as some were clamoring for a selfie, this is as close as it gets (actually, it was taken by a random passer-by). Now, i wonder if you can tell which one is Alessandro?
Long overdue, i am finally finding some snippets of time to process my India photo files, taken about ten months ago. There are surprises to be had. More to come soon. Thanks for the visit!
Indians will decorate any and each available surface. They like their graphics loud, bright and generally with an in-your-face attitude that compels the eye.How is this not to be loved?
Odd sightings around Jodhpur, Rajahstan.
You are always welcome inside a shop. Your shoes, however, stay outside – in good company…
Movie posters provide a poignant portrait of India today, what with the layers, the expressions, the state of constant decay and renewal…
And though it is mostly men with macho moustaches – there are a few scantily-clad Indian ladies to be spotted here and there, as well.
Of course, India’s polychromatic pantheon provides endless source of inspiration. Here two gentlemen quietly read the morning papers near a large mural depicting a benevolent Shiva.
Just a brief post, as i’m currently juggling several things and haven’t much time available. I hope you enjoyed this oblique glance on today’s India. A truly magnificent land that not only provides infinite photographic opportunities – it gives you all the time and all the light you need to get those shots just right.
Thanks for visiting.
More sights from an extended stroll in Jodhpur, India. All photos taken January 2014.
How now, brown cow? Tidbit: Indians ship cows more than they worship them: as of last year India is the top beef-exporting country. For burgers, obviously. Anyone spot a contradiction?
Of course, allowing cows to feed on trash is one way to get rid of at least some of India’s rubbish. Enjoy your burger!
Pop into the local gymnasium, and you might find some scrawny dude pumping iron, old school. On the walls, Hindu gods and Arnold Schwarzenegger provide motivation.
Should i feel guilty for portraying what is often referred to as the “blue city” in boring monochrome? Perhaps…
“Hey guys! Come, quick! There’s a guy with a camera!”
Dang – I was hoping i could get through at least one post without having to shoot…
…”one photo, sir?!?”
It seems a lifetime ago i took these photos. But i don’t deny that taking a little time once a week to process, consider and post a few is a very rewarding exercise. I thank all visitors and any who may wish to comment. Sadly, i currently haven’t near enough time to see what everyone else on wordpress (or elsewhere, for that matter) is up to. I hope that changes soon.
All the best to you and thanks for stopping by.