Street photography has always been something that I enjoyed doing. But I don’t have the ability to do very often. I always have my camera on my side, grabbing images here and there as they pop up during my day to day activities. But it’s very rare that I go out with the sole intention to shoot street photography. This is even truer when it comes to vacations because things are planned. There is a schedule, and not everyone is willing to sit around and wait 30 minutes for you to make an image. But recently I had the opportunity to go to India for some work through fstoppers.com (more on that coming). With this trip, I had the opportunity to visit a few different locations. The big difference is that India street photography was the only item on the agenda. This already sounding like the perfect trip. From there I had the added bonus of being there for the Holi festival.
“This festival is to celebrate the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil”
For those that don’t know, the Holi festival (or festival of colors) takes place every year in India. This festival is to celebrate the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. The way they celebrate is by throwing colored powder. When they are close enough they will smear the color across peoples faces. People can also be found throwing colored water, dancing, praying and laughing. pretty much anything that would result in an all-around good time. If you stand out as a tourist you are guaranteed to get covered from head to toe in color. You will also be soaking wet many times throughout the day.
For the trip, I traveled down alone and met my new found German friend Marc. We also got to travel with local guide/friend/amazing person Raj. Location wise, we spent the majority of our time in and around Mathura. Thankfully this happens to be the heart of the Holi celebrations. The main locations we hit were the Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Rani Temple, Daugi Temple, and Kesi Ghat. Some of the celebrations were intense and some of them were more happy, yet mellow. I compare one temple to being in the mosh pit of a heavy metal concert. The another is like being on the lawn of a sold-out Dave Mathews concert. Beyond that, you just add colored powder and water.
“I guess that’s what happens when you shoot in a place like India”
The below images are my favorites from the trip! I tried hard to narrow them down so there weren’t too many to go through, but I still ended up with 76 images. I guess that’s what happens when you shoot in a place like India for almost 2 weeks! For our fellow photographer friends, I took all the images on the Fuji X-Pro2 or Fuji X-T2 with the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens. Most images were taken with the X-T2 inside of an Aquatech underwater housing. This was to protect the gear from the colored powder and water.
As you can see, I had an awesome time and highly recommend traveling to India for the Holi festival if you ever have the opportunity! India street photography is also one of a kind!
Make sure to check out some of our Northwest Arkansas Indian Wedding photography!
India Street Photography Update:
How I shot the Holi festival in India
Shooting Street Photography with the Fuji X-T2
These images were also featured on Burn
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