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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!