Photographing India, Part 1: Introduction

More than anywhere, India is the place I keep going back to. I could write a list as long as my arm of reasons not to go, but there is something about it that I just love.

My Indian affair began about 15 years ago. I was travelling around the world with my girlfriend at the time, and two months of that trip was spent in India.

It was a stressful time. She was getting harassed, I was getting annoyed, we were getting intimidated, ripped off, sick and fed up.

It had it’s moments, fur sure, but it was a relief to leave. And yet, when I returned from that long trip around the world, of all the places I’d been, it was India I couldn’t get out of my head.

Ceremonial offerings near the Ganges river in Varanasi

In subsequent years I returned to India alone, curious to scratch beneath the surface and to learn more about this fascinating place. While we sometimes fall out, I can’t see a time where I’ll ever grow tired of that place. I mean, how can you? It’s rich and intense beyond belief, intoxicating, heady, tasty, challenging and oh so photogenic.

If you’re thinking about going to India to take photos I have just one word for you: Go!

India is so diverse you could spend a lifetime exploring it. From snowy mountains to arid deserts, from remote village life to high-tech cities, there is so much to see and document.

Life very much happens outside. The streets can be vibrant, chaotic, overwhelmingly busy and colourful. There is so much to see and so many moments to capture. If you’re interested in people and street photography it’s a dream.

On the other hand, if you’re partial to an outdoors adventure, the isolated beauty of India’s regions of altitude will leave you spellbound.

It’s true that India can be a tough place to travel. But the rewards are great, particularly for photographers. If you’re thinking about it I urge you to heed the call.

Be sure to checkout the rest of my series ‘Photographing India’. I’ll reveal my highlights of the country, and offer tips for photographers gained from my experiences there.

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Hey, I'm Matt, welcome to my photography and travel website. I’m a web designer and consultant, writer, photographer and avid nomad. Here I write about my experiments in location independence, share selected image galleries from my portfolio and talk about travel and photography.

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