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Top 5 Photographs

Old DelhiTop 5 people and top 5 landscape photos

Travel is so inspiring. It inspires me to write and take photos. As an exercise, I’ve pulled together what I think are my top 5 photographs of people and my top 5 photos of landscapes or places. For the people it was easy: I picked the faces I most remembered. For the landscapes, I used the word “emblematic” as my guide. What photos were most emblematic of a well-known tourist destination. First up, above, a photo from my recent walk around Old Delhi with Delhi Magic.  A chaos of electrical wires, bicycle rickshaws and men in hot pursuit of a sale — that’s Old Delhi to me. To see the rest of my Top 5 Photos,

2. Chinese fishing nets in Kochi / Fort Cochin

The story goes that Genghis Khan imported this technology when he swept into India. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but when you visit the historic port of Kochi (aka Fort Cochin) in Kerala, these are the prime tourist attraction. And yes, at sunset, as you stand by the edge of the Arabian Sea and soak in the humid atmosphere, they are indeed very evocative. A journalist from Mumbai helped me to get this shot.

Chinese FIshing nets, Kochi / Fort Cochin, Kerala, India

Chinese FIshing nets, Kochi / Fort Cochin, Kerala

3. Algoma Canyon, Ontario

Algoma is the remote, rugged area of central Ontario that inspired the Group of Seven. They had a box car hauled into Algoma Canyon one or two summers in the early 1920s, and used it as their base. The result of course is art history — they created a unique, and uniquely Canadian, style of art.

Algoma Canyon, Ontario

Algoma Canyon, Ontario

 4. Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Driving around Dubai made me think of the Emerald City in the Wizard fo Oz. And then I got this photo, with the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest structure, hovering in the background like a mirage.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai: world's tallest building.

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai: world’s tallest building.

5. Taj Mahal

No words needed for this one. Because it’s there. The world’s most beautiful building. (It’s actually very hard to get this shot because of the crowds of people clamouring for the same spot and because the fountains are often on and ruining the view.)

Taj Mahal, India

Taj Mahal

Top 5 People

All of these photos were taken in either India or Bhutan — partly because I’ve spent a lot of time in South Asia recently, lugging around a camera; and partly because, oh wow, the faces you see!

1. On a street corner in Delhi

Like most people who go to India, I was bowled over by the poverty on my first trip, back in 2005-06. I took this photo on that first trip, while in a taxi waiting at a stoplight in Delhi.

Delhi, India

Street corner in Delhi

2. At a Buddhist temple in Bhutan

I took many photos of fascinating faces the day I visited this Buddhist Temple in Bhutan. I picked the photo of her beautiful face because it is etched with life, piety, thoughtfulness, sorrow and much more.

Buddhist Temple in Bhutan

At a Buddhist Temple in Bhutan

3. Rice field near Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

Rice fields and men in lungis are ubiquitous in South India. This gentle man posed for me, and in exchange I gave him a 10-rupee note.

Near Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India

Near Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

4. Naga Sadhu at the Kumbh Mela

The Kumbh Mela is the largest gathering of humanity on earth. I went to Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in 2010, and spent an afternoon in the camp of the Naga Sadhus (naked holy men). It was a photographer’s paradise — there were so many colourful characters! I chose this shot because this young man was so sweet, open and friendly.

Naga Sadhu, Kumbh Mela, India

Naga Sadhu, Kumbh Mela

5. On Marine Drive in Mumbai

Oh Mumbai. India’s most energetic city, it throbs with personal ambition and hope for a better life. And all of this frenetic activity seethes up against the jagged coast line. Here, on Marine Drive, is where Mumbaikers go for fresh air, a sense of space and, well, just to get dressed up and make an occasion out of a family outing.

Marine Drive, Mumbai, India

Marine Drive, Mumbai

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10 Responses to Top 5 Photographs

  1. Shubhajit January 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    I like the Naga Sadhu photograph. The eyes are gleaming, but there is subtle innocence in the whole face.

    Also that Jet white-haired Lama is an impressive click.

  2. Sarah January 28, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    I love your photos, especially the ones of people – it is lovely to see the character etched in their faces. It’s rare to see such green landscapes in India, as depicted in your Tamil Nadu photo – it reminds me of lush Kerala.
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    • Sabitha March 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi sara,

      If you travel deep south in tamilnadu like kumbakonam, trichy, tanjavur etc.. There u can find paddy field, bananna trees, cashews tree in panruti etc… All you can see agriculture field. Also tea plantation, cardamom plants hill stations. In tamilnadu the hillstations is Ooty, kodaikanal and in kerala munnar, athurapali falls. Really best place to vist and relax.

      I’ve suggested a few there are many beautiful places in India.

  3. Mariellen Ward January 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Very good eye, Shubhajit, I also felt he was very innocent, a really lovely person.

    Agree with you Sarah, I think of TN as brown and Kerala as green :)
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  4. Travel Information January 29, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    Selection of Images are really very tough work but YOU did great Job, I love few images including Algoma Canyon of Ontario and a farmer of Tiruvannamalai and Naga Sadhu on Mahakumbh. Yes, these images are self describing and touches the heart, As a traveler I think your Blog Rocks by provides such a beautiful information.
    At last but not least your Blog is really very good

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  5. SVP Group January 31, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    Quite interesting Pictures … Describe true India …..

    Thanks

  6. Dahleez Hotels Gurgaon January 31, 2013 at 5:21 am #

    Really true India is a amazing place for all the tourists due to presence of all religions and customs in the areas

  7. Marianna February 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Mariellen,

    These are stunning photographs! They pull you right in and make you feel like you’re inserted into the landscape.

    I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting one of your sites. Can you guess which one that would be?

    Warmly,
    Mariannna

  8. Shalu Sharma February 4, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    Amazing and inspiring set of photos. The photo of the man at Tiruvannamalai is quite nice. Lovely paddy fields at the back.
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  9. Annamari November 12, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Very nice collection, perhaps I could do similar catch of my India photos, although they are no where as nice.. One tends to take so many photos and not have enough time to go through them.
    Never can take too many pics of the Taj, you have managed very well with that one.
    Also love the photo from Marine Drive.
    Thanks for sharing!

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