Street photography has always been something that I really enjoyed doing, but don’t have the ability to do very often. I always have my camera on my side, grabbing images here and there as they pop up during my day to day activities, but its very rare that I go out with the sole intention to shoot street photography. This is even more true when it comes to vacations. Things are planned, there is a schedule, and not everyone is willing to sit around and wait 30 minutes for you to make an image. But recently I had the opportunity to go to India for some work through fstoppers.com (more on that coming), and with this trip I had the opportunity to visit a few different locations throughout India, shooting street photography being the only item on the agenda. Already sounding like the perfect trip, there was the added bonus of being there for the Holi festival.
For those that don’t know, the Holi festival (or festival of colors) takes place every year in India to celebrate the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. The way this is celebrated is by throwing colored powder, smearing the color across peoples faces, throwing colored water, dancing, praying, laughing, and having an all around good time. If you stand out as a tourist, you are guaranteed to get covered from head to toe in color and be soaked wet, numerous times throughout the day.
For the trip, I traveled down alone and met my new found German friend, Marc and local guide/friend/amazing person Raj. Location wise, we spent the majority of our time in and around Mathura, which happens to be the heart of the Holi celebrations. The main locations we hit were the Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Rani Temple, Daugi Temple, and Kesi Ghat. Some of the celebrations were really intense and some of them were more happy, yet mellow. I compare one temple to being in the mosh pit of a heavy metal concert, while another is like being on the lawn of a sold out Dave Mathews concert. Beyond that, you just add colored powder and water.
The below images are my favorites from the trip! I tried really hard to narrow them down so there weren’t too many to go through, but I still ended up with 76 images. I guess that’s what happens when you shoot in a place like India for almost 2 weeks! For our fellow photographer friends, all images were taken on the Fuji X-Pro2 or Fuji X-T2 with the Fuji 23mm f/2 lens. Most images where taken with the X-T2 inside of an Aquatech underwater housing to protect the gear from the colored powder and water.
Hope you enjoy!
As you can see, I had an awesome time and highly recommend traveling to India for the Holi festival if you ever have the opportunity!