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Off Duty for 5 Minutes

These guards were at in the street leading up to the entrance of the Taj Mahal at Agra. There had been some disturbances the night before (a curfew was imposed not long after this shot was taken) and these soldiers were relaxing for 5 minutes. It was very much a grab shot as I don’t tend to hang about too long when photographing anybody with weapons especially if there is a chance that their English might not be too good. A little Photoshop work was necessary to remove extraneous parts of other bodies in the shot.

In the Shadows of the Mosque

A corner of the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi. I saw this figure standing there watching me take photographs. I considered it as an image but it wasn’t until the girl appeared further along the columns that I saw a balance to the shot that made me take it. It has needed a little work in Photoshop to restore some detail in highlit areas and to remove one or two distractions.

Day-dreaming at the Mosque

This was taken at the Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi. I wandered around the courtyard and out through the gates and steps on the far side leading down into Old Delhi. As I wandered back, I saw this girl in the shade of the cloisters peering over the old city. She seemed miles away. I was attracted both by her pose and the wonderful colour combinations of her dress against the red sandstone of the surrounding architecture.

Recently-married Girl, Rajasthan

As my wife and I travelled to Jaipur we passed a couple on a small motorbike. Our driver pointed them out and asked if we wanted to take a photo. Naturally, we said ‘yes’ but wondered how this might be possible. Before we knew it, our driver had flagged them down and told them that we wanted to take their photograph! Continue Reading →

The Indian Bride

After seeing a wedding procession in the street in Jaipur, I took several photographs only to be invited to the wedding by the father of the groom. I got close enough to the bride to take this shot though, at an Indian wedding, the guests seem to be more interested in eating and talking than taking too much notice of the couple.

Citizen of Vinales

There was something about this gentleman sitting at the side of the road in Vinales. I think it was the mix of the white cap, designer sunglasses and the big cigar with that wizened face that prompted me to indicate to him that I wanted to take his photograph. He was quite willing to pose.

Home of the Champion Cock Fighter

Cock Fighting is a popular ’sport’ in Cuba and the people are quite proud of raising champion cocks. I wanted the door in the shot but I didn’t necessarily want it empty. I knew that there was somebody in the house and I knew that I had been been seen. I just waited until the man started to wonder what I was doing with my camera pointed towards his house and came to the front door. I knew what I wanted – I just had to wait for the image to come together. Trinidad, Cuba

Havana Shoe Shine

There are a few shoe shines on the streets in Havana. I liked the simplicity of this shot though I worked on it a little in Photoshop to make the colours a little more pastel and to bring out a little more detail – grittiness if you like. It seems to have given the image a pen-and-ink artistic feel which I find quite pleasing.

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