Sunday, 16 February 2014

People On My Travels – A Photo Essay

It’s interesting to photograph random people on the road. Some of them are unaware of being captured, some oblige happily (or reluctantly), some agree after a little cajolery and some refuse quite brusquely.

Although the photographs that I am going to present are nothing close to artistic genius, they are still dear to me. I know I have to learn a lot of things as a photographer when it comes to taking pictures of strangers. It is not easy to photograph somebody on the road. I almost feel like an intruder. I feel like I am invading someone’s privacy and it feels so selfish. On the other hand, I find it a good way to connect with people. Sometimes when I propose a person for a picture, he or she is secretly happy and gets ready to be photographed pronto, which kind of breaks the ice and we end up chuckling a bit before moving on. 
   
So here’s a potpourri of ‘people’ through my lens –


I clicked this one quite candidly as I saw this man settling down to start out with his day at the Golden Fort in Jaisalmer.


I spotted quite a few newly-weds while I was vacationing in Sydney. This one was clicked at Sydney Opera House. I saw this pretty bride walking away with her groom and a friend.


Melbourne is a cultural city with lots of colours, buzz and energy. The man playing guitar and singing something grabbed my attention instantly and taking a photograph was quite obvious.


This is a man with his little shop of musical instruments at the Golden Fort in Jaisalmer. When I saw him playing a traditional violin, I was intrigued to click his picture. I like the fact that he wasn’t aware of being captured and that’s why the picture came out so well.


This Parsi lady came into the picture without invitation! I didn’t intend to take her picture. She was so chirpy and excited to see me taking pictures. She said a lot of encouraging and kind words to me and then asked me to quickly take her picture too. 


He was our coracle boatman in Dandeli. After he had moored the boat, I asked him for a photograph. He was such an innocent fellow. Since he wasn’t expecting me to take his photo, he got conscious and stood straight with a sincere expression on his face.


She is a woman who sells flowers at St Andrews Church in Mumbai. I had an impression that she was secretly happy to be photographed, yet maintained her poise.


It’s an itra (perfume) shop at the entrance of Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad. The guy was arranging stuff and was questioning the senior man about something. They barely cared about being photographed (at least, that’s what it appeared).


He was my Tuk Tuk cabby who showed me around in Jodhpur. I clicked this picture with his Tuk Tuk and Mehrangarh Fort in the background.


She’s a woman selling trinkets at the Golden Fort in Jaisalmer. I liked the fact that she was hardly bothered about being photographed. I also like the way she sat.


The Bhelpuri seller posed for me against the skyline at Marine Drive in Mumbai. He knew I was some crazy photographer who wouldn’t leave him alone, so he quickly stood still and even remarked ho gaya (are you done?)


It’s a tea and noodles stall in the midst of a forest in Matheran. It was raining like cats and dogs, so when this lady beckoned me to have a cup of tea at her shop, I couldn’t refuse.


He is a rural man from the village of Nagda in Rajasthan. I am sure this man had been photographed a lot of times before. The moment I proposed him for a picture, he responded like a professional. (He was like, oh sure, why not) He just made me wait for he had to use the lavatory to freshen up.


He was such a sweet chap. He was my cabby-cum-guide who dropped me at Mumbai Central station. Since I had plenty of time to kill before boarding the train, I asked him if there were any places to see on the way. He suggested a couple of places, but he was also worried about my reaching to the station on time.


I bumped into this sweet old French couple in Udaipur. We got along talking for a little while, which gave me a chance to ask them for a photograph. And they agreed quite happily!

Did you enjoy this potpourri of different personalities?

38 comments:

  1. yes I did enjoy the photos....
    they are beautiful captures. superb!

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    1. Thanks AJ! It's very encouraging. :)

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  2. Phenomenal photos Renuka! One of our favorite pastimes while traveling is to people watch! You really learn a lot about the culture of the country you're in :)

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    1. Thanks Meg :) Yup, that's true. People reflect the culture of a place.

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  3. this are beautiful captures. love the B&W work. it gives a vintage look

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I know. The black and white has its own charm and it's more expressive.

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  4. I enjoyed these and particularly liked your framing of the man from Nagda. I'm very shy about taking pictures of people but admire those that others take. As a fairly distinctive foreigner at Indian tourist sites/sights I'm often the target of not so surreptitious photography, it makes me uncomfortable so I don't want to do the same to others. Really, I should just get over it : )

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    1. I can understand what you are saying, but I guess it is good to be photographed! Shed the inhibitions. :)

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  5. How beautiful ! love all the pics specially the woman flower seller one:)

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    1. :) Yeah, she looks so engrossed in her work.

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  6. Renu, your pictures speak a thousand words! So many emotions and expressions have been captured by you :) lovely pictures!

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    1. Thanks Pallavi :) You are always so kind!

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  7. Lovely photos :) I totally get what you mean about feeling like an intruder, but photos of people are always the best, normally making a little awkwardness worth it!

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    1. Yup, I agree with you Catherine. :) A little awkwardness is worth it. Thanks!

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  8. These are beautiful photos, Renuka - like you've captured little slices of life. I also love the black and white - it draws more attention to the faces of the people themselves.

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    1. Thanks Katie :) That's beautifully put by you - 'little slices of life'. Yup, black and white is so expressive.

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  9. I loved the shot of the auto wallah guy! This is really an awesome collection. I can't believe it took this long to visit you blog. Great to find your blog Renuka!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words. :) Glad to have you on my blog!

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  10. Beautifully captured! typical Indian question "kaun sa camera you use on your trips" :)

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    1. Thanks :) And typical photographer answer for you - it's not about the camera, it's about how you click! :) I use both digital 'point and shoot' and SLR.

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  11. Super clicks. Loved each and every one.

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  12. Loved reading n seeing each of your photograph!! :-)

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :) Very kind of you!

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  13. Renuka! Indeed, you have a beautiful collection of the pictures...
    Nice photography, during trip..

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    1. Thanks Ercotravels :) People photography is interesting!

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  14. Hi Renuka it is a very nice post with beautiful pics, but I just have a healthy suggestion cause I myself is a Photographer. I would say blurring parts of Image or selective coloring is not a good Idea, if you want to emphasis on any particular part or subject then you should have to compose the frame in that way.. . :)

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    1. Thanks OurJaipur.com :) I know what you are saying and I totally agree with you. But if you read the introductory paragraph, I have mentioned that these pics are nothing close to artistic genius. I have just pulled out some pics from my collection and presented them in the best possible way for my readers. :)

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  15. Lovely pics ....loved the bride and parsi lady pic the most :)

    Different expressions and moods ....

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    1. Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed the expressions and moods of these pictures. :)

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  16. Love this post Renuka! People are what make travel so intriguing.

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    1. Thanks Suzy :) Yeah, that's so true. People add the vigor in our journeys.

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  17. I enjoyed your pictures Renuka, thank you very much! :-)

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    1. Welcome Akwaaba! Thank you for stopping by :) Glad you enjoyed the pictures!

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