Snapshot from India

2013, Travel
Kate Styled Pretty, India, Photography, Varanasi

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Photo taken on the ghat steps in Varanasi, India.

I’m ashamed to say I did this a lot.  I randomly photographed people in India that just looked exactly like I imagined Indians to look like.  Do not do what I do.  However, I couldn’t help buy phentermine 37.5 online uk myself.  Every time I saw someone dressed in what I expected and doing what I always imagined they would be doing if I ever were to travel to India, I would take a photo as a reflex and a confirmation of my daydreams.  Yes.  I. Am. Guilty.

 

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

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admit that sometimes turning photos black and white is an easy way to elevate them to a higher level, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t like black and white photos! So what if it’s an easy way out! These photos are from the Aarti ceremony in Varanasi, India.

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

How many of you complain about doing laundry?  How many of you have washing machines and dryers and still complain about doing laundry?  I’m guilty of this trivial complaint like the next person, but imagine running a huge laundromat operation all by hand?  In Mumbai, there is an area known as the Dhobi Ghat where washers hand wash and open air dry clothes, sheets and more.  The washers are locally known as Dhobis, and the Dhobi Ghat is the world’s largest outdoor laundry operation.

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laundry by hand is a longstanding tradition in India.  Below, washers are using a flogging stone to beat the dirty laundry into submission in Varanasi, India.

Does washing your clothes in the holy waters of the Ganges River make them holy?

Snapshot from India

2013, Travel

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the embarrassment of my travel companion, I shamelessly but inconspicuously took photos of people while traveling through India. I’m a people watcher, rather in front or behind my lens. I try and find their stories etched in people’s faces. It’s the candid moments when no one is looking that people reveal themselves. In so many ways, it is hard to capture this moment unless your camera is invisible.

This man was sitting on the steps of the ghat by the Ganges River watching the Aarti prayer ceremony in Varanasi, India. I don’t know his story, but many Hindus pilgrimage to this holy city to seek enlightenment. To me, he looks like he has been to many places to reach this moment where he hopes he can find salvation.

Priest at Aarti Ceremony

2013

Priest at Aarti Ceremony

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priests spend an hour praying by the Ganges River as part of the Aarti Ceremony – a tradition that calls Hindu pilgrims to travel to Varanasi, India in droves each year. Hindus believe that they will reach Heaven if they are able to bath in the Ganges River and witness the Aarti Ceremony.

The Aarti ceremony is a worship ritual where light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. The hour long ceremony includes chanting, burning of incenses and creates an enchanting musical evening as people ring bells and a drummer keeps the tempo.

Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. It’s considered the holiest city for Hindus.