India Street Photography During the Holi Festival | Vinson Images

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 (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.
Hope you enjoy!

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

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  1. Rahul says:

    There are truly incredible! Such good work, some of the best photo’s i’ve seen taken in India!

  2. So many great shots! Well done!

  3. Renee says:

    Wow! Incredible display of your talent! I’m always so inspired by your work! Keep it up J!

  4. Renee says:

    Wow! Such an incredible display of your talents! I’m always so inspired by your work, keep it up J!

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  6. Pedro says:

    Nice! Btw you should resize the header of this site, it’s height is way to high.

    • Vinson Images says:

      Hey Pedro! I’m not sure what you mean by the header. Maybe send me a screenshot and I’ll be happy to fix what I can. From our view, on mobile or desktop it appears fine. Thank you!

  7. Wow. Your work is incredible. I’m a big photography dork and I do experimental stuff as well. The process of how we all capture really cool nerdy pictures is something I love. A friend of mine recommended I start following you. I see others have discovered you way before me. But I’m so glad I found my way here. I am a new fan and a new stalker.

    • Vinson Images says:

      Thank you so much! We love new stalkers! 🙂 We appreciate the feedback and looking forward to seeing some of your experimental things!

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  9. Thank you for sharing this wonderful information. I like it. Wonderful

  10. Manish Drolia says:

    Beautiful images, beautifully captured. Few of the best images of Holi, I have seen, equivalent to colourful images of Holi at Spanish fork USA.
    For me, these are not just good images, but much more. I am associated with promotion of Holi festival all around the world since last 15 years.
    Keep it up.
    Manish Drolia

  11. Magdelina says:

    I might be benatig a dead horse, but thank you for posting this!

  12. Kenny says:

    Seriously incredible pictures. So awesome that you started doing this full time. You will be a star!

  13. These are breathtaking! The color and the action and the perspective are all on point!

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  15. Rajesh Parikh says:

    Inspiring work. You are truly talented. Will look forward to seeing more of your pictures. Amazing.

  16. Such an amazing emotions in your photographs!

    Thanks for sharing

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  18. Beautiful photos and amazing colors. Congratulations on your editing style

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