Today i've spent part of the day updating photography archives and all that tedious admin stuff that goes along with cataloguing both all my commercial and real estate photography work as well as my travel stuff.
This led down that rabbit hole, revisiting some of my past collections of travel collections. When i stumbled across what is probably my all time favourite travel portrait. This shy boy was taken during my trip through India back in 2011 and originally i processed it in black and white. The finished result was a gritty high contrast image that was in my opinion quite a moody powerful portrait. Looking at this image today though i thought i'd strip back any post-production to the bare-minimum and show a softer side to the image that probably reflects his quiet nature shy nature a little better.
This image was taken at a road stop where I'd rest and have some Masala tea on the way to Ranthambore Wildlife Reserve. As the saying goes Life is about the journey not the destination and the types of people I met along the way surpassed seeing all the wild animals in the nature reserve once i'd reached my destination.
Images like this are also another reminder of that you never know when a photographic opportunity will arise. This fleeting stop at a tea-hut lasted all of ten minutes but had i decided not to bring the camera with me, this opportunity to get one of my favourite travel images would of passed me by.
On my last day in Dalat, Vietnam i took the slightly daunting journey through a slum section of Dalat. This man was facinated by my camera and my Daughter, Isiah. He wanted to see what he looked like and posed for a couple of portraits before bringing his grandchildren in for more photos.
Even though he didn't speak a word of English we seemed to develop a bit of a rapport and shared a few laughs.
Chris Bishop professional commercial, landscape & travel photographer based in Perth, Western Australia.