I am perhaps becoming more confrontational with my street portraits and this visage shows signs of some slight confusion over why I would want to capture his fine features.
I wonder if his response would be the same having his photo taken by Rajiv or by Mukul?
I suppose what I’m saying is that being a foreigner, do I get away with things that a local man may not?
It leads me to recall the time I was caught photographing some musicians on a train in Gujarat. They were very annoyed with me but the other passengers calmed them, saying, “He doesn’t understand!” Maybe what they really said was, “Take no notice he’s an ignorant foreigner!”
This feels to be quite a powerful portrait document. That fact that neither is smiling should not be taken as an indication that they were unhappy about posing for the camera.
Photo taken while waiting for our train at Ahmedabad Railway Station.
We arrived in Ahmedabad after a long drive from Udaipur and had about an hour to wait for our train. In that time I photographed just about everyone who worked at the station or who was passing along the platform. After the first picture no one wanted to be left out.
This is a wonderful and beautiful part of Rajasthan as you can see. We drove past this lake on our way back from boating on Jaisamand Lake.
I have spent ages looking at maps of the area around Udaipur in an attempt to identify this large lake but none of the maps gave it a name and I can’t find my own maps of India so I’m hoping that Mukul or Rajiv can help me out here!
It’s on route 32, the Banswara – Udaipur Highway just north of Palodara.