Vrindavan – Walk through town

11th February 2014 (Day 3) (Vrindavan #3)

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On the street.

In the afternoon, we went for a walk across town to a recycling centre and then back to the ashram.

Here are a few comments about my attitude to street photography.  I don’t ask people if I can take their photograph.  What would be the point of that?  You just would get faces put on for the camera, not potentially a fleeting glimpse of reality.  On the other hand, if people ask me, that’s fine.  I don’t usually look through the viewfinder or the back of the camera in order to have some interaction with the people I photograph.  If people indicate they don’t want to be photographed then I don’t do so.  I’m looking for what’s real rather than flattery. I will discard or not take images that show people in an unfortunate light.

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Walking past a yarn shop.

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Automotive recycler.

This was a case where a couple of people pulled me over to take a picture so I did so.  It was only later, looking at the image on the computer, that I realised they had given me a special opportunity for an environmental portrait.

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People in Vrindavan were frequently keen for me to photograph them just for the event and the social interaction.  All I could do was show them the image on the back of the camera.  Usually they had no computer or email and maybe not even a viable postal address.

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These women are making paper using recycled materials.  Friends of Vrindavan is a non-profit community organisation that seeks to improve the environment in Vrindavan in a variety of ways and also provides employment to the poor.

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Bovine pedestrian.

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Canine pedestrian.

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For a while walking back along the streets of Vrindavan I was besieged by a scrum of laughing, screaming children, wanting me to take their photograph and having a great time.   It was difficult getting images in focus because you can’t focus on a moving crowd from six inches away.

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Simian pedestrian (though in fact we’re all simian).

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Doorway in a back alley.

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Indian Macaque mother and child.

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7 comments on “Vrindavan – Walk through town

  1. leecleland says:

    Thank you for the comments on taking photos of people. It is these shots that give life to your India journey and although you’ve probably culled heaps these are a great cross section of life.

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  3. claidig says:

    I think the animals were posing for you… 🙂

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  4. enmanscamera says:

    As usual, your commentary is informative and your photos worth taking the time to stop and view.

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