Category Archives: Street Photography

The Talented Craftsmen

On a recent visit to Kenya, we had the good fortune of being able to visit one of the local handicrafts market, thanks to the efforts and planning of a very good friend. ” You would really like the place” is what she said; what she did not mention was the fact that we would be totally overwhelmed by the sheer talent that these people had!


Seated all over the place under the shade of a few trees, we were treated to some of the most creative craft work that we had seen. There were brightly colored clothes, dazzling prints, work with beads of different colors – this included chains, necklaces, bangles, pendants, earrings, bracelets, headbands, keychains and many many more items, the list just went on and on.


Next up was the lady with the metal work….so many items, so intricately planned and finished, and neatly displayed. From animals. to busts, to full sculptures, wall hangings, frames, necklaces..almost everything decorative that we could think of was available, and a fair share of it was made from simple pieces of metal and wire cleverly tied or interlinked with one another.


At the Gourd stall, we just stood and stared. There really was’nt anything else to do. The extent of creativity and craftsmanship was quite evident from the items that were on display. There were gourds of different sizes and shapes, with different artwork and patterns on them, all featuring stories of the African plains and the life of the people in and around those areas.

The Gourd Lady 1

There was also some very solid wood furniture available, the sofas, chairs and tables being exclusively handcrafted, The designs were as creative as one could imagine. Probably the biggest issue one would have in the todays world would be to accommodate the furniture in the smaller modern houses.


We could probably have spent the next two days at the same place, there was just so much to see. The people were friendly and took the time explaining to us the work and method involved in the production of their products. The next time we go here, we intend to find out more about how these items are actually made, and if possible get a hands on visit to the place where these talented artisans are.



Walking the Streets

Wheels for you

You just never know what you can come across while taking a walk on the streets, and I guess that is what makes street photography so interesting. The trick to being successful with street photography is to carry with you a camera that is not too obtrusive or conspicuous. People are generally more relaxed and at ease when they see you with a small camera..they do’nt mind your being there. Just remember to be respectful and polite.


And quite often they are even happy to pose for you…..just talk to them, ask for their permission to take their picture, and you walk away as happy and satisfied as they are.


Keep looking around for things of interest, and you will find them. Very often we pass people or things that we take for granted……spend a moment to observe, take the scene in, and make your picture.  These guys were having a hard day at work, and just continued doing what they were doing…

Quick Fix

And then at times we get a bit lucky, and are rewarded with things that are not too commonly seen on the street; – like this father taking his children for a ride on the elephant.



The Writing on the Wall


On one of our trips to Cochin, we decided to just walk around the streets with camera in hand. The place in itself is very pretty and colourful so we were confident that we would come back with some good pictures. However, as we walked around the place, we were were amazed at the number of opportunities that were there to photograph. Almost every 15-20 steps we were stopping, finding a subject and clicking.

The greenery and the trees were a lovely contrast in a blue sky in which fluffy clods floated; the old churches, the backwaters, fishing boats, tourists…they all made lovely pictures and we will post some more of these pictures soon. Even the walls had colourful drawings on them, but probably the one thing that stood out most for us was the graffiti on this particular wall.  The building was old and in a run down condition, the windows were falling off, (some had already gone and were replaced with boards); but the walls were as colourful as ever with different writings in blue, green,  red, black, orange, white…someone had taken a lot of trouble to decorate these walls.

Opportunities to photograph are everywhere. You just have to look for them !

Beat of the Drums

Culture 5

Festivals in India take on a different dimension. There are lots of preparations that take place prior to the event, people and the entire community as a whole sets aside time for their participation in the festivals. Added to that is the fact that the events that take place happen in the open public areas, so everyone has access to it. In some areas (like the one pictured above), there was not enough open place for the celebration to take place, so it happened on the main road.

Traffic was diverted, the road was cordoned off, and the drummers and elephant, marched through the street. The drummers seemed to have endless amounts of energy, the beats kept rolling out in great rhythm, they kept swaying to the beat, much to the excitement of the crowd surrounding them. All in all a very festive and happy mood for everyone.

The drummers as well as the organizers of the festival were very receptive to the fact that we were taking pictures, however, being able to get good pictures was a bit of a challenge. It was late evening, almost sunset time, light was low…the drummers kept walking forward, swaying to the beat, and drumming, the crowds surrounding them were anxious to get the best view, so not too receptive to the photo making, there were people constantly walking in front of the drummers, and the road was not wide enough to accommodate all the activity happening on it. With a lot of moving around, coaxing of the viewers, making many apologies, we were able to get some good pictures of the event. Lesson learnt, talk to people, explain what you are trying to do, show them the images you are making, and they will help and accommodate you.

Abandoned Truck


How often have we gone out with the camera only to come back home dissappointed, saying that it was “not a good day” because we could not find a good subject? Or maybe the lighting was not right? Or there was nothing scenic in the vicinity?

This is when we have to make a little more effort, and try to look at things from a different point of view, because the opportunity to make a picture is all round us. We have to be able to see the beauty that is around us, and be able to capture this beauty in a manner that makes it asthetically pleasing.

This old abandoned truck looked its worst, but there was something about the way it stood there in the grass that caught my attention.  It seemed to be giving the plants on the ground a support to climb on and spread even further, almost as if it were trying to support  life after it had passed the best years of its own life, and the bright colours of the bonnet and parts of the cabin worked in total contrast to the rich green colour of the grass.

Overall, a simple, yet interesting picture, and this is the what photography is all about. We all have our own views and opinions as to what is and is’nt a good photograph; but it is the ability to go out there, form a picture in your mind of what is around you, and then capture and share that idea/thought process with the rest of the world, that makes photography an art.


Waiting for customers?


Waiting for a sale

You never know what you will see when you take a walk along the busy traditional market areas in Dubai! There are so many bargains to chose from and such a lot of variety,  that you can spend a whole day in this place. From brightly coloured clothes, to the latest and trendiest fashions; footwear of all kinds, silk scarves, traditional arabic costumes, elegant embroidered cushions to decorate your house with, colourful po’ofs to laze around on…you just have to think of it, and keep looking…you will find it in this market.

This place is a bustle of activity in the evenings and weekends. People from all walks of life come here to this market to look for the best bargains available. So, we  were rather surprised to see this shop relatively empty, and the salesperson outside it,  making it almost look like he was there waiting for some customers to come and visit his store.

To anyone planning a visit to this market, a few words of advice…go during the winter months, its a whole lot cooler and much more enjoyable. And remember to take a camera along, because like we mentioned earlier, you never know what you will come across.