Photographer Justin Hession says:
In 2001 I spent 6 months teaching photography at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Techniology) in Delhi, India. These are some of the images from early morning trips into Old Delhi.
I often hear people say that taking good pictures in India is just a matter of pointing the camera anywhere and snapping.
Yes, sure India is a very photogenic place but getting good images requires bags full of patience, loads of effort and a good many clean shirts. The heat in Delhi's summer (May/June/July) tops 40 degrees celcius every day. That's almost 100 days of 40+ oppressive heat. It wears you down and cuts your patience level into small little slices. Shooting seemed only possible between 5am and 8am and even then the temperature would be 35-40 degrees.
This collection of photographs represents my efforts but it doesn't show the struggle and the many journeys back on the local bus without taking a photo because my mood was clashing with the 20 r so spectators following my every move.
The photos also, if nothing else, serve as my memory of India and the wonderful time I had roaming the alleyways of Old Delhi and touching on these peoples lives, if only for 1/125 of a second.
If you're planning a trip to shoot India, do it in winter, shoot Provia 400F and take plenty of clean shirts.
For a great insight into Delhi have a read of 'City of Djinns' by William Dalrymple.
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Some nice shots of Delhi.
I'm getting ready to depart for my 3rd trip to photograph to sites and people of that colourful city. Last time was in May 2004.Never again at that time. It was so hot...still I got some great shots.Regards Chris. England.
Chris Martin @ 26 Aug 2005 - 16:13