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Meetings and greetings in Madhya Pradesh

Meetings and greetings in Madhya Pradesh

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Regular followers of my blog will know that I was fortunate enough to stay in a remote village in Madhya Pradesh during my time in India last year. It was one of the most peaceful times of my life – calmer even than being out at sea on a sailboat. I loved waking up early and going for strolls in the first light when the air was still blessedly fresh and cool. Fortunately everyone else had…

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Columbia Road people - and pets

Columbia Road people – and pets

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As promised, here are my people photographs taken at Columbia Road on Sunday morning, with the occasional dog thrown in for good measure. There is a slight nod to two very different street photographers – Martin Parr and Vivian Maier – in them, especially in the final two pictures (no prizes for guessing who features in the last one!)  I think the photo of the lady smiling with the flowers…

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Colours and shadows

DSCF3510-4It was a glorious evening earlier so I took a quick stroll along the South Bank to practise some camera settings – in a bid to get those colours even more vibrant, and those shadows even more intense. It was probably hit and miss, but if you don’t try these things out you don’t develop.

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Colours of Columbia Road

Colours of Columbia Road

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On Sunday I organised a photography excursion for my female photography groupto Columbia Road flower market. This is such a great location for photos because not only do you get to see the flowers of course, but also so many interesting people – from the die hard Eastenders to the ‘hipsters’ that have invaded this part of town and of course people flock from all over the world. Then there are…

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Sadhus - the holy men of India

Sadhus – the holy men of India

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I’ve been adding photographs from my extensive archives to this website recently, and have just compiled a gallery of sadhu pictures. These are the fascinating holy men (and occasionally women, known as sadhvis) of India who tend to reject normal life in favour of a nomadic, spiritual one. Generally they tend to wear a shade of orange or red or, in the case of the Nagar Babas, nothing at all…

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Siblings in the doorway

Siblings in the doorway

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This wasn’t the easiest photograph to take because the boy is in the shadows while his sister stands in a stream of light flooding in from the doorway. But there was something about their expressions – a mixture of mournfulness and fascination; their seemingly subconscious holding of hands, and the beauty of the light catching their faces and clothes, that compelled me to take their photograph.

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Bedfellows

I’m not sure if this gentleman was aware that a cat was sleeping under his bed, and if it belonged there or had just wandered off the street to enjoy some shade.

Bedfellows

I’m not sure if this gentleman was aware that a cat was sleeping under his bed, and if it belonged there or had just wandered off the street to enjoy some shade.

The blue chai cafe

The blue chai cafe

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This colourful cafe was spotted in the warren of streets forming the old town of Varanasi. Aside from the framing of the woman in the doorway and the nice details such as the steaming kettle, it’s the vivid red and blue colours that make this picture so appealing to me.

Of course I wish now that I could have taken it with my new Fujifilm camera that brings out the colours so well. But we…

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Preparing lunch

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This photo was taken in a small village in Madhya Pradesh. I formed a quick bond with this lovely young lady who a few minutes earlier had been having a lot of fun with my camera. In fact, although I don’t think she had ever handled one before, she took probably my all-time favourite photograph of myself, seen below. I’m looking a bit dishevelled because I’d been travelling all day along dusty…

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South Bank scene

I love photos with lots going on in them - especially if they are happy pictures. This photograph was taken at my favourite haunt, the fountains on the South Bank, while I was waiting to see a play at the National Theatre.

South Bank scene

I love photos with lots going on in them - especially if they are happy pictures. This photograph was taken at my favourite haunt, the fountains on the South Bank, while I was waiting to see a play at the National Theatre.