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Joel Santos

Oct22

India - The Colour of Contrast

By Joel Santos, Tuesday October 22, 2013
Temple Guardian, Jaipur, India. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 800.

Temple Guardian, Jaipur, India. Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with an EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/125 sec at f/4, ISO 800. © Joel Santos

By September 2011 I had visited India three times and the personal experiences I had were so overwhelming that my landscape instincts were faded by all the magnificent Indian people that I had the privilege to meet. They've changed me as person and as a photographer, so I decided to pay them a humble tribute by publishing a book, featuring the portraits that best described my concept of India — 'The Color of Contrast' — along with just one heartfelt preface text, from which I quote:

'India is rags and riches, the poor and the silver spoons, the monsoon and the drought, hot spices and gentle flavours, stenches and aromas, gloom and light, cruelty and humanity, tears and smiles, disbelief and hope, wrinkles and youth, conflict and peace, chaos and harmony. India is contrast.

India is the most influential lesson in life, modifying us forever, redesigning our reality until it dawns on us that we have everything, absolutely everything, without even realising it. It is the rediscovery of our inner-self through others, on a spiritual journey guided by the energy that emanates from the gods, from living beings and from the stones themselves. It is the readjustment of the weights on the scales of life, in the constant search for balance. India is the people.

India is incredible, transcendent and exuberant. It is a hyperbole that is constantly being redefined, written by the magic of nature and the creativity of the human spirit. It is an inebriating sensory overload, which is indescribable, yet is utterly enchanting. It is a palette of hues as vast as the universe. India is colour.'

Yes, India is colour, contrast and people - and if you've not yet been touched by the magic of incredible India, I hope you do so as soon as possible.

Find out more about my book at http://joelsantos.net/books/ and about the March 2014 Photo Tour to India at http://joelsantos.net/workshops-photo-trips/photo-trips-tours/

Sadhu (Holy Man), Varanasi, India. Taken on a Canon EOS 7D with an EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/400 sec at f/5, ISO 800.

Sadhu (Holy Man), Varanasi, India. Taken on a Canon EOS 7D with an EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/400 sec at f/5, ISO 800. © Joel Santos

Girl at the door, Udaipur, India. Taken on a Canon EOS 7D with an EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/125sec at f/6.3, ISO 1600.

Girl at the door, Udaipur, India. Taken on a Canon EOS 7D with an EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens; the exposure was 1/125sec at f/6.3, ISO 1600. © Joel Santos