shooting blind on hindu holi, jaipur

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!

so dusty.

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!

~ by jacobbmurphy on March 8, 2012.

6 Responses to “shooting blind on hindu holi, jaipur”

  1. Stunning! Love the colours. Well done for chancing it with the plastic-covered camera.

  2. Now thats exactly what Holi is.. Awesome Pictures

  3. These are absolutely stunning. I wish I had been brave enough to take my camera out. I guess I’ll just have to come back again! Happy Holi!

  4. The pictures look amazing! I miss India….

  5. Reblogged this on expresscostumes.

  6. haha i think i know this holiday

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