Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Faces and Architecture of India

The people of India are delightful and riveting. The gaze of this woman attracted us like a magnet. She was on the grounds of the Red Fort in Delhi.
This sadhu was just outside the walls of the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The colorful clothes worn by people in India are very attractive. The style and color of the turban varies depending on the regional traditions and the religious and social status of the wearer.
A guard sits in a doorway to the City Palace in Jaipur, which dates to the 1700's. The palace is now a museum.
This man was taking a nap on a window ledge over a lake in Udaipur, also in Rajasthan. We took this photo from a boat.
Some of the architectural details of the Jami Masjid, the largest mosque in Delhi. It was built in the 1650's and can accommodate 20,000 worshipers.
The palaces of India present endless photographic opportunities, like this moment at the Fatehpur Sikri, a Mughal walled city build in the 1570's outside of Agra.
The streets and sidewalks of India are full of food vendors, such as these in Jaipur.
This charming woman was sweeping the grounds of Saheliyon ki Bari in Udaipur. Saheliyon ki Bari translates as "Gardens of the Maids of Honor. It was built for a queen of Udaipur in the 1700's. It must have been quite a wedding, as she had a dowry that included 48 maids. Have you seen a person whose job is to sweep sidewalks dress in such a lovely fashion to go to work?
Here is another street vendor selling food. Many of the streets and sidewalks of India are crowded with street vendors and shoppers.

12 comments:

Memphis MOJO said...

Excellent series (as are all of your images on this blog). Thx for sharing

glenda said...

These are just great people pictures, you have really captured the charm of the people. Nice photo of Julie also.

JM said...

It's just great to see different photos of places where I've been. They bring back so many memories... Wonderful post!

Rob and Mandy said...

Excellent pictures! India is a second home for me (and a first home for my wife). Makes me nostalgic!

ρομπερτ said...

These should be framed and shown in public. Brilliant photography of a place I long to see so much.
Thank you for sharing. Please have you all a wonderful Tuesday.

GVK said...

Appreciate your note in Mysore photo blog. Thought of sharing the link to your India photos (with refreshing perspective) with friends on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1355527123

magiceye said...

lovely captures!

Dinakar KR said...

Hello,
Saw your comment on one of GVK's pictures on W/P.

You may like to see my photoblog too.
http://www.photoblog.com/Mysorean/

Thanks.
Dinu

Tash said...

Marvellous portraits.

Thérèse said...

So much to read in the first portrait!
You have amazing pictures of animals on this blog...

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Well this beautiful country is full of contrast, monuments, culture, history and a diversity of people. Stunning pictures!

Kcalpesh said...

Excellent! Love to see our culture portrayed so beautifully via your pictures!!

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