If you want any of my photographs as a print you can order it right from my website. A wide variety of prints are available including the rolled prints on Canvas and beautiful Canvas Wraps. The process of ordering is very simple and easy. There are a lot of print options to choose from; like Matte, Glossy, Luster and Canvas. The prints will be shipped to any destination in the world form US.
I’m really thrilled about my first Exhibition, which will open on 13th July, in Chandigarh. The show will have 38 prints ranging from 16in x 24in to 43in x 65in and the exhibition is on till 3rd August, 2010. If you are in Chandigarh or anywhere near, at anytime during these days, do drop by. Even if its a bit of a hassle, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. And if its a weekend that you are coming on, chances are that I’ll be there.
I’m really thankful to Mr. C. Flores, Director of Alliance Française, Chandigarh, who gave me this opportunity of having my prints exhibit in their Art Gallery.
I’m also very thankful to Mr. Diwan Manna for agreeing to be the chief guest on the day of inauguration, for me its an honor that he is doing it.
and I would also like to thank Nikon India Private Limited for sponsoring the exhibition. I’m really glad that Nikon, a company I admire, is doing it.
Here is the invitation card:
It was a mesmerising experience shooting the holi in this region of India called Braj. Here, Holi is a spiritual festival for the people and its a part of their religion. There are stories about Krishna spraying colors on Radha and other Gopikas and smearing their faces with ‘Gulaal’ (powdered color). Krishna was always jealous of Radha’s fair complexion, he teasingly colored Radha’s face with color. In a mischievous mood, Radha also ran after him badly annoyed and shouting, trying to color krishna with powder. It is said that this festival of Holi originated from there and the tradition of applying color is religiously followed till date.
People of Mathura and Vrindavan associate Holi with the divine love of Krishna and Radha. In this region different temples of Lord Krishna celebrate Holi on different days. During the main ceremony the environment is filled with excitement, with people passionately chanting the name of the Lord Krishna and Radha. People sit in a group and sing songs of Lord Krishna and Radha, and people around them throw colors and water on them from all over the place. They had bags of colored powder (upto 5kg each) and time and again they emptied them (by giving a swirl) in one go at the people who were sitting and singing folk songs. That is why there is so much color in the pictures. The color of the scene used to change with the bag of color. The songs they were singing were so beautiful, the whole atmosphere was so enchanting that I almost forget that I’m not a part of this culture and I’m here for the first time or better yet, I’m here to shoot. It was a wildly entertaining ride, certainly not for everyone, but an exhilarating experience nonetheless.
Ladakh is a region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south. Ladakh, which is inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent, is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the area.
Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture. It is sometimes called “Little Tibet” as it has been strongly influenced by Tibetan culture. In the past Ladakh gained importance from its strategic location at the crossroads of important trade routes, but since the Chinese authorities closed the borders with Tibet and Central Asia in the 1960s, international trade has dwindled except for tourism. Since 1974 the Indian Government has successfully encouraged tourism in Ladakh.
Just wanted to share, that I won the Homeland category in the Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 and for my prize I won:
• Intrepid Travel trip to China
• Wacom Intuos4 pen tablet
• 8GB Lexar CompactFlash & card reader
In most people’s minds, India is associated with vibrant life and vivid colours. This portfolio is unmistakably India, capturing both in both an intriguing and intense set of images.
Many thousands of images were received from photographers in almost 70 countries this year, the greatest spread of international entries in the awards’ history.
The New Talent award by Taylor Weidman (USA) and individual category prizes have been won by photographers from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, India, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA.
TPOTY founder and judge, Chris Coe, said, “We have been delighted by the high standard of entries this year. When we launched TPOTY 2009, given the economic climate, we could not judge how well supported the awards would be. However across the board, from the fantastic support from our sponsors, to the incredible response from our entrants, it’s been absolutely superb and the winning images are outstanding. Each year the awards throw up a diverse range of travel-related imagery, encompassing every genre of style, from landscape, wildlife and portraiture through to reportage. Yet again we have a different style of winner, and it is heartening to see so many portfolios tell a story through imagery.”
Here are the winning images: