Wednesday, October 6, 2010

this is classic!

especially when you know its India!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

mosquito undertaker?

the man, the fumes...the mosquito undertaker?!

is this the new india?

rich indian women walk past while a maharaja stares at the naked doll in a glass coffin, and they call this club - lap!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

photographing kashmir unrest 2009

this is how we started, at yellow submarine...

old srinagar..

say cheese :-)

running for cover mister bahar?

bedford during the stone throwing and teargas...

teargassed sumit dayal!!

dayal at work...

teargassed adam ferguson...

ferg at work...

bedford took this one while I was shooting...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

everybody loves chai

i definitely do on a rainy day.
definitely when things ain't going right
and surely when i need to take it easy and break ice

...'this' cup of chai helped me find what i was looking for in Chattisgarh.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Water in Delhi

In 2009, I spent few days with Jonas Bendiksen while he was working on the water project for the National Geographic. It was great hanging out with him and was a great learning curve.
Here are something I tried my hands on my compact camera (Canon G10) while he was working on his water piece.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Overland trip to Ladakh, May 2010

Determined to escape the Delhi heat and to take Suzanne's parents to Ladakh, we did an overland trip to Ladakh this summer. Here are some of the photos that documents our drive. All photos taken on the Canon S90

we stopped in Amritsar and paid visit to the Golden temple...
Golden temple in Amritsar

the second day, we drove up to Srinagar..

and of course had to visit the floating market of Srinagar

we stayed in Bilal's houseboat, The Yellow Submarine... here, his nephew is seen on the deck.

After spending few days in Srinagar, we decided to drive up to Leh. An Indian soldier guarding the Zoji La.

The 434 km Srinagar-Leh highway crosses the Zoji La (Pass) at 11500ft or 3505 mts high. Photo: Suzanne Lee

only one way traffic is allowed

beautiful Drass!

2nd coldest inhabited place in the world, really?

reaching the pass.
photo: Suzanne Lee

Fotu la, highest point in Srinagar - Leh highway at 13475 ft above sea level
set among the moonscape badlands...
... is Lamayuru Monastery... we spent a night in this small village with an adorable family.

good roads, finally!

so, we didn't really get this phenomenon that defies gravity. Apparently if you park you car in a small square in the middle of the road (where our jeep is parked) one defies gravity. We did, nothing happened....

...and kept waiting till a bus came and honked! I think thats what it is, if we stayed longer and disrupted the traffic, someone was going to push us off the hill and we would fly down the valley and hence, defy gravity!

In Leh, Suzanne carried on with the annual ritual of putting new prayer flags on our jeep.

we took it easy and drove to Hemis Monastery outside of Leh

...and we pushed the giant prayer wheels...

...and thought of friends and family in our prayers...

on our way back to Leh, we stopped to take some photos in dramatic Ladakh dusk light

... and we posed...

...and again...

...and again...

...with family..

...without family...

and sometimes just the two of us...

Thiksey Gompa few kms outside of Leh

14 m high Buddha in Thiksey

offering prayers

monk overlooking the valley

family portrait

on the way to Nubra Valley

world's hightest motorable road in the world, The Khardung La at 5359 mt or 18380 ft above sea level, and freezing cold!!

poor chida was freezing, but he loves snow... runs around like a rabbit on snow!

driving to Tsomoriri lake

the landscape was breathtaking

and maggi was awesome!

the woman who made the maggi for us

an Indian Army soldier who was waiting for the phone booth to open so he could make a phone call to his family in Jammu.

awesome drive

road leading to the lake, last tar roads leading to Tsomoriri Lake

driving on sandy roads is fun...

..not when you get stuck in sand, and its dusk, and when you cannot find a single soul around, and definitely not when you are next to a frozen lake!

once we managed to get the jeep out of sand... we drove straight to the Korzok village to spend the night.

How much ever beautiful the lake looks, i must add that it surely was the coldest night!

at the end of it all, we travelled approx 3500 kms in 15 days...

Delhi - Amritsar - Srinagar - Leh - Khardung La - Tsomoriri - Srinagar - Pathankot - Delhi