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.
_Prior to visiting India for the first time, i met someone who said to me visiting India is "an assault on all your senses from the moment you get off the plane". That quote has stuck with me and i can't think of a better way to sum up my experience in one sentence.
From the moment i stepped foot on Indian soil i was overwhelmed with initially the noise, congestion and heat - And the time was just past midnight. I hadn't been outside the airport terminal doors for 3 minutes before i was being scammed (unsuccessfully) that my hotel was full and i had to go with another man to his hotel.
However 3 days in and you adjust to the pace of this country, its inefficiencies and more importantly the true beauty of the landscape, people and cultures that make it one of the most remarkable countries i've visited.
Once you've acclimatised you find that your senses are still under assault every day, though in a good way. Sure the smell of sewage is still a smell that is hard to acclimatise to regardless of the longevity of your visit. And the seemingly endless and piercing sounds of car horns that do not stop day or night can take some adjusting to (especially when trying to sleep) but these are small inconveniences when compared to the overall experience you can get from sub continent.
The Indian cuisine is nothing short of jaw-dropping. Flavours, intense and powerful with specialties in each region. I particularly like the Northern Indian cuisine with influences from Tibet and other himalayan areas.
Equally impressive and diverse as the food is the Indian scenery. From sun-drenched palm dotted beaches of the south, to desolate and sparse desert regions such as Rajasthan and snow capped mountainous regions such as Lakdah make India a true photographers paradise.
I can't recommend this country enough as a place to visit and experience for yourself. Like me i believe you will leave disappointed you didn't allow yourself more time to immerse yourself in a culture like no other.
As part of the photography challenges we were set on the Perth Photography Tours that i will help run from Fremantle, each participant was asked to find and photograph the elements and principles that were discussed and taught prior to the the challenge. It's a great way of getting a photographer to think about his surroundings in a way that they may not of thought about before. In this photograph the challenge was to find texture set around the Fremantle markets, I have captured the rough texture of the bark and also focused on the lines created from the branch of the trees. The soft dappled light helps to emphasise the texture much more than if it was in harsh direct sunlight.
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.