Rajasthan is an ancient and hard land, chock full of history and culture. It is a land of contrasts, old and new, rich and poor, barren and fertile and rich golden ochers back-lit with bright blue skies.
For photographers this means Rajasthan offers an endless supply of subject matter. It is still India though, and that means you have to work at it to get the images that are out there. Some of the roads can be bumpy and even a little dangerous so you need to be careful. After seeing a few smoking truck wrecks, you realize the normal rules do not apply. Anyway, I will talk about how to travel safely in India in another blog, but the main thing is to avoid travel at night, since many of the trucks only have a single light and some have no lights at all!
On the other hand, the people of India are an absolute joy to photograph. Maybe it’s the Bollywood influence or just the fact that flamboyant color is so much a part of life in India, but nearly everyone is happy to get involved in your photography.
Rajasthan is the largest state in India, shares a border with Pakistan and has a huge number of palaces, forts, friendly villages, desert landscapes and amazing colors. There are mix of Muslim, Hindu, Sikhs and Jain peoples.
Having now traveled thousands of kilometers (& miles) through India, I keep thinking of the phrase “There are many Indias”. Each state in India is quite different to adjacent states and even within the huge state of Rajasthan there are mind boggling extremes. For example, I received the genuine rustic hospitality of simple village folk and just a few hours later experienced all the opulence of one the great palaces of Rajasthan.
Click on this link to view the full India – Rajasthan Gallery (photos by Travel Photographer Matt Considine).