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Photo-Essay: People of Jodhpur, India

Men wearing Turbins

He had glaucoma in one eye, as you can see.  He had a plain white turban on before and when I seen this colorful one I asked if he could wear that one instead.  He really didn’t want to but smiled and said ok.  Yeah I know, I’m a bad man for making a 1/2 blind man do something he didn’t want to do.  But I think you will agree the photo came out great.  He did get revenge on me though, as he wanted to take a photo of me wearing it with my camera.  How could I say no and you can check the photo out on my Facebook Fan Page here.

These are a few photographs of people I took while in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.  All were taken with natural light and later edited in Adobe Lightroom.  My camera gear was a Canon 5D Mark II .

There is something about the state of Rajasthan that I noticed very quickly when I got there, that the women’s sarees are the most beautiful in all of India.  Not sure why but to me they were.  I also found the people were more willing to take photos then in other areas of India.  Jodhpur has been a personal favorite stop for me and this is what I saw on a daily bases.

women wearing indian saris

women wearing indian saris

Men wearing Turbins

This man showed me how to take (eat, drink and smoke) opium.  I really didn’t do it… but he did and as you can tell by the red glazed eyes, he enjoyed it!

women wearing indian saris

 

women wearing indian saris

women wearing indian saris

I only got a few minutes to shoot photos of her at the Bishnoi Village outside of Jodhpur.  I could have spent the whole afternoon shooting photographs of her, as she just had a great look to her.

Men wearing Turbins

This was a random shot on my way back to my hostel, just before I turned the corner to walk into it.  I seen this guy sitting like this, with the purple wall surrounding him and thought it looked awesome.  I was standing across the street, stopped, snapped 4 real quick shots, smiled at him, got a nod back and I walked off.  That night I was looking at it in Lightroom and knew I had to make a print and give him a copy.

Men wearing Turbins

I found him the next day sitting in his shop with two ladies trying to buy some fabric from him.  I waited till they were done and pulled out the photo to give it to him.  His eyes lit up and he started talking real fast, yelling at people on the street walking by to come over and see it.  It took me a good 10min before I could get him to hold up the photo of it for this picture because everyone was crowded around his store trying to see what the foreign photographer had brought him.  I finally said thank you to him and went on my merry way, with a big grin on my face.  Was nice to be able to give something back to the ones I photograph.  I should (and will) do this more often.

women wearing indian saris

This lady had the most beautiful smile I had ever seen.  It was so naturally warm and pleasing, that it felt like I knew her or something.  If you don’t believe me, check out Jon McCormack photo of her, here, which might explain why I felt that, as I had seen his photo of her before coming there.  I didn’t realize it till later and just stopped for a few shots.  Once I got it on the computer, I knew again that I must give her a copy.

women wearing indian saris

The next day after delivering the old mans photo above, I set out to find her in the Old Town of Jodhpur.  I must have walked every back alley and street looking for her.  I was only lost 95% of the time and for the life of me I couldn’t remember where her little produce stand was.  I was just about to give up and turn around, when I turned right and seen her.  I almost ran up the hill to where she was at, gasping for air and pulling out the photo to give her.  She just laughed for like 2min when she seen it and me standing their with my hands on my knees, sweating like a NBA basketball player.  I finally sat down and asked if I could get this photo, with her holding it up.  Afterwards I still wasn’t ready to leave yet for the maze back to my hostel, so I pulled up onto a rock next to her stand.  I think she felt sorry for me, as she gave me a fan and a bottle water to cool me off.  I finally left after 15min and guess what, I found my way back with no problem… guess giving back does give you good karma! :)

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  • http://www.off-the-path.com Sebastian

    I love your pictures. They look great. I like that you printed the pictures and gave them to the people, that is very nice of you! 

  • http://twitter.com/glampacker Natasha C

    Awesome photos, it is definitely a nice touch that you were able to give back with the art of photography.

  • http://expertvagabond.com Matthew Karsten

    Love that you’re giving them copies. I have to start doing that.

  • http://twitter.com/theplanetd Dave&Deb Travel Duo

    Wonderful photos and I checked out your facebook page too for your portrait. Nice! He did a great job. I love the added touch of you taking their photos with your orignal portrait of them in hand. You must have made their day. Amazing job.

  • http://freshroads.com Tijmen

    Really love the guy with the purple wall around him. I dont think I read before about someone taking portaits photos of random people and then later going back with a printer version to show them, definitely a great idea :)

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    thank man, I have another post where I gave back even more photos coming up in a month.  It was in the Old Town of New Delhi. 

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    lol Yeah I set the camera up for him but I was surprised that the old man got the focus right on it.  That only happens about 2% of the time as most people just take a blurry photo when I let them use the big camera! :)  It’s probably been the best photo of me in the last few years and was totally unexpected.

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    I actually got the idea from a few photographers who did it as well.  I normally don’t get to do this but this time I was able to because I had more time there.  So i went to a photo-lab, had them printed off in a few hours, then walked around giving them out.  Costs was nothing, rewards…PRICELESS! :)

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Yeah I think it made me feel better to give them something then what they felt getting it! :)  Everyone really liked it but in the end I think I did it for myself more then anything.  When i give I just feel better on those days and this was a way of doing it with something I enjoy and love.  Like your blog by the way!

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Thanks, was one of the best ideas I had while in India! :)

  • http://www.onmywayrtw.com Megan

    Ha, love the shot of you wearing the turban! And I love the story about the old man and how excited he was to see his photo – that’s going to be sitting somewhere in his house or room somewhere for years and years until it’s old and yellowed – that’s got to be a great feeling to know that :)

  • http://theroadforks.com Akila

    Love these pictures and I love the idea of giving them a copy of their prints.  What a cool idea!  

  • http://www.ordinarytraveler.com Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    Great photo essay. I also really wanted to give copies of the portraits I took in a small village in Nepal and luckily my guide has agreed to print them out and give them to as many people as possible since he knows many of them. Once I’m traveling a bit slower, I think it will be easier to print them out as I go.

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Christy I have been into the photoshop so much in Pokhara, Nepal now that the guys just says “You got another 10 more to print today!” lol  It cracks me up, but so far I have been able to print copies for just about everyone and been able to get them back to the people some way or another.  It’s always rewarding when I get to do it myself.  I get some funny reactions sometimes though.

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    Would be cool to come back some day later and find a few of the people again.  They might not remember me but I wonder if they will when i show them the photo again (on an iPhone or something)?  Would be fun follow up post to see.

  • http://www.foggodyssey.com/ Anonymous

    I got it from a few other photographers that had done it and thought to myself “hey I’m no National Geographic guy but I can at least do that!”  Been rewarding to say the least.

  • http://kharviprathima.wordpress.com/ Prathima Kharvi

    Lovely photographers!

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  • http://gotravelfurther.com/ Gotravelfurther

    India looks like an Incredible destination to shot. You did it well! 

  • http://epicasiatravel.com/ Leah @ Epic Asia

    These photos are FANTASTIC! India is so colorful and alive. A photographer’s dream. 

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