check out the rest of the photos from our amazing day at the garden school in mumbai. they do amazing work there and we hope to have an on-going relationship with them. go to the dirt floors and stone walls blog for more pictures.
live, love and share!
dirt floors and stone walls is doing a lot of great work with the school system of india! to see more pictures from our most recent post, please visit the dirt floors and stone walls blog.
live, love, share!
our final days in jaipur were filled with the holi festivities, painting elephants, spending time with the schools and absorbing as much of the vibrant city as we could. we knew we would miss it dearly. between all of these events i did some light shooting and saw some very interesting things. india never ceases to amaze me.
something that has changed about the way i shoot is the volume of my clicks. since my last trip to india in 2010 i have become a more calculated and have become a part of what i shoot. i’m not just on the other side of the lens now as an observer. i’m actually here and able to absorb my surroundings.
taking a much-deserved break from work.
a reproduction of a shot i took on my last visit.
my old friends at rocky’s scent shop in the walled city. it is so cool to have fans in india!
making strip light bulbs for wedding season.
one of a thousand alleys selling a million different things.
and on to ahmedabad…
ahmedabad is a very different city from jaipur, delhi or any other place i’ve been in india. beyond the walls of ghandi’s ashram it’s hard to find the heart of the city’s energy. nonetheless, we have been seeking adventure at every turn. enjoy the sounds of ahmedabad!
maintaining the ghat at ghandi’s ashram.
a shiva poster in one of the schools that manav sadhna is building for a slum.
waiting for customers.selling helmets on the side of a highway. smart kid.
a cornucopia of fresh veggies! wish we could actually eat some.
one of the coolest mosques i’ve ever been in.
this kid was racing our rickshaw. he could really book it!
digging graves in a muslim cemetery.
the flea market under the bridge.
she was doing some picking of her own!
cleaning his goat in the river.
my first cock fight. it was intense.
tying the chickens’ feet together.
they dye them so that the kids will think they’re cute and buy them as pets. then they die.
the city tore down a massive slum to create a huge riverside park. but people have already moved back under the bridge and started a new slum.
putting on a show at a ngo school.
one of the cleanest canals i have ever seen in a slum.
we were fortunate enough to witness and partake in the sacred ritual of painting the elephants for the holi celebration. these docile creatures love the attention and cooperate gladly. what an amazing experience. most of the pictures below are of our friend “pinky”. she is a 36-year old asian elephant who loves to interact with people.
to put it simply, holi is the hindu celebration of the triumph of good over evil. named after holika (the hindu demonness who was burnt to death) it involves throwing/rubbing brightly colored powders and water on each other. there is no mercy!! everybody is a target. but it’s all in good fun.
given the nature of the celebration, i had to completely wrap my camera in plastic for protection. as a result, i had to shoot all day guessing my exposures and frames. totally blind! it was a very interesting exercise for me. kind of like shooting from the hip, i loved it!
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these kids nailed me and took my whole bag of green color!
no one is safe.
and everyone has a great time.
these guys were getting super high. they thought we were hilarious-looking with our colors.
never too busy celebrating for chai.
they don’t beg for money on holi, it’s all about the colored powder!
on top of the world.
i asked them to pick me up, too, but they said i was too heavy!
even krishna plays holi!
people eventually start picking up color from the ground and rubbing it on each other’s faces.
a great team!
cleaning up again.
this guy was waiting for us at home to give him money and give him color. INDIA!