Indian girl, Santokgarh

 Posted by on October 30, 2016  Add comments
Oct 302016
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On our first non-travelling day in India we went for a walk in the local village to see the wedding venue – we were in India to attend my [Kiwi] niece’s wedding to a local man. We were a curiosity to the locals, and the children, in particular, were not shy about approaching us to say hello, introduce themselves, shake our hands, and for ‘selfies’ with us on their phones. We often photographed them too. This lass was shy – she was older than the children who fluttered around us so I was careful in approaching her but she proved to be just as curious and just as keen to be photographed as the other children, but stood still for longer!

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  6 Responses to “Indian girl, Santokgarh”

  1. I usually don’t comment on your portraits Vicky because they stand alone and are always beautiful and very personal and expressive and I can’t comment on that person. But I must say that when i look at your what a meaningful record of your travels and the people that you meet. Which is life. Far are better than a bunch of stunning sunsets and artful interpretations. I havn’t done this and I suddenly realize I should.

    • Thank you, Tim. However, I disagree that portraits are ‘far better’ – just different, another aspect to travel and life, and a way that works better for me. But, I am happy if I can inspire you and others to create more portraits.

  2. Vicki, my immediate response to this was what a fantastic journey you have been on – not just photographically but in every respect. This is such a confident portrait – that is the making of it and the girl is confident too. Is this a reflection of where you are in your journey? How absolutely special. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    • Thank you Bruce. Yes – I am far more confident, especially about approaching people. And more discerning about my subjects. I still don’t approach everyone I’d like to photograph, either because I feel it’s too intrusive, or may not be safe (rightly or wrongly). I’m also less shy about looking at the back of the camera and saying “I didn’t do a very good job of that, could you please give me a moment and I’ll take another” – however, my camera’s usually set for portraits and the light before I approach someone. In India I mainly used my 45mm lens (90mm in full-frame terms) because I knew that if I used my beautiful 75mm (150mm) lens I’d get too far away from my ‘victims’ and I’d end up with people walking between us half the time. But what I’ve realised, is that I didn’t want to step away, I didn’t want the distance – maybe I should be putting the 25mm lens on my wish list!

  3. Great connection with the young girl, great gesture.

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