People of India

As some of you may know, at the beginning of January I travelled to India and was immediately greeted with a cacophony of sights and smells that overwhelmed the senses. After crawling through a traffic jam that consisted of elephants, camels, horses, rickshaws, cars and overloaded bikes I arrived at the hotel, put my camera batteries on charge and prepared for a photo filled day. The next morning - still reeling from the chaos, I ventured out to explore. 

The first things that struck me were the abundance of colour and how happy people were to be photographed. After brushing up on a few select phrases in Hindi ('Chey-a-meh' - In the Shade) I approached the shy girl below who was selling handmade necklaces in front of the Lotus Temple in Delhi. 

In amongst the mayhem, interesting characters are everywhere you look, and personal space has a very different meaning on the bustling streets.   

The elderly man below was a bicycle rickshaw driver who gave me a lift for at least 3 miles in the sweltering heat without breaking a sweat - and he still broke a smile when I pulled out my camera.

Keep your eyes out for part 2 when I'll be sharing some more photos as well as tips for photographing India and discussing the camera gear that I took with me on my travels.

Thanks for reading!