India

Dogs

Dogs - Varanasi, India

My flickr contact Maciej Dakowicz caught this great image of two dogs in Varanasi, India with his Canon 6D.

He regularly composes images with a person in the close foreground bleeding off the edge of the frame and other figures scattered in the background (there’s a third dog behind the dominant one here). Many of his compositions have this kind of configuration which takes quite a bit of timing and planning to make work out. He makes it look informal and easy but it rarely is.

Steve McCurry at The Rubin Museum

The photographer Steve McCurry has a show at the Rubin Museum in New York: Steve McCurry, India which I saw when I was in New York last Friday.

If you are anywhere near New York once the snow has cleared and you are remotely interested in photography, India, or a beautifully presented show, see this show. Seeing McCurry’s work printed this large and beautifully presented is breathtaking and his are some of the most iconic and magnificent images of life in India I’ve ever seen.

If you don’t know McCurry’s work, you might be familiar with his most iconic image for National Geographic: Afghan Girl.

I hadn’t been to the Rubin Museum before and I must say, it’s a beautiful place, easy to walk through and the presentation of artwork is excellent.

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

Note: They’re closed Tuesdays.

This show runs from November 18, 2015 – April 4, 2016 so you have time to wait until the snow melts.

I plan to be in New York again this Wednesday and I’ll be going back to this show, it’s that good.

Jodhpur streets

India: Jodhpur Streets

My flickr contact ChoongChing posted this wonderfully rich image of a street in Rajasthan, India taken with his Ricoh GR.

The residential area is pictured at dusk at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, April 5, 2015. Jodhpur, also known as the blue city, was originally home to the highest caste of Hindus, setting them apart from the rest of the population.

It is thought that Brahmins – members of the priestly class – first took to colouring their houses blue (yet perhaps it should really be called indigo) to signify their domicile and to set them apart from the rest of the population.

Soon, however, the rest of the population followed suit. History does not tell us which brave non-Brahmin was the first to do it, yet it happened and since that day the people of Jodhpur have steadfastly maintained this tradition.

Lakeside in Pushkar

India: Pushkar

My flickr contact ChoongChing posted this great scene taken on the banks of the lake in Pushkar, India taken with his Ricoh GR.

All the various people and the cow are so beautifully distributed, it’s like a setup but no doubt isn’t. Great stuff. As I mentioned in my comment to him, the Ricoh GR wide angle adaptor might have made this scene even more dramatic.