Tag Archives: Varanasi

STREET PORTRAIT THROUGH A FRAME

Varanasi Train Station, India

Street journalism or documentary photography has been shaping the way I shoot for the past few years. It is a genre that has opened my eyes to the world. To me, it is all about people. Without people in the frame, I feel there is no soul in the photograph. In almost every scene, it depicts their […]

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JUST GET OUT AND SHOOT! – Viewpoint on Photograph vs Gear

Stop Moving

WHICH CAMERA IS THE BEST? Through my years of shooting, I have known some friends of mine who used to be very staunch Canon or Nikon supporter. They used nothing else other than their beloved Canon or Nikon set-up. It has almost become like a cult to them. Recently I met up with one particular […]

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SARNATH – A BUDDHIST PILGRIMAGE

Malagandha Kuti Vihar Temple - Sarnath

Located about 13 km north-east of Varanasi, the holy city of India, lies another holy town – Sarnath. Sarnath is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage place and it is a deer park where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after he attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. The emperor  Ashoka erected a stupa in Sarnath when he […]

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A VILLAGE ON THE OUTSKIRT OF VARANASI, INDIA

Local village house

Having posted a number of articles on Varanasi, River Ganges and the Ghats (see my earlier posts), I decided to move on to a village on the outskirt of town. This village is called Rameshwar Village, approximately 15km northwest of Varanasi. Having tasted quite a fair bit of the town, riverbanks, burning of the dead and […]

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DOCUMENTARY – STREETS OF VARANASI, INDIA

Mother and Son with their makeshift home

Varanasi, once known as Benares or Banaras and Kashi (which comes from the Kashia tribe, who first settled some 3,000 years ago), is a historical city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. Varanasi is among the most historic cities of India, and also among the oldest continuously inhabited human settlements in the world. Varanasi is a […]

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A CHANCE AT VARANASI TRAIN STATION, INDIA

Sad Lady

Having spent over a week in Varanasi, India, I wanted to tell more of India’s story in pictures through some of its unique places filled with characters. I decided to spend some time in the Varanasi Railway Station. The station is also known as Varanasi Junction or the Varanasi Cantonment Railway Station, serving the city in the […]

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LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY – AARTI CEREMONY IN VARANASI, INDIA

Wishing Candles Floating

Prelude: The Aarti Ceremony at the Ganga Ghats in Varanasi offers me an excellent opportunity to document the event in very low-light condition. The lighting condition was also difficult as there were a lot of bright orange spot lights all over the Ghats. I shot the ceremony without any flash during my two evenings at […]

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LIFE BY THE GHATS OF GANGA

Ghats Landscape

Varanasi’s riverfront is dominated by its Ghats. “Ghat” refers to a series of steps leading down to a water body, usually a holy river. In this case, it is none other than the holy River Ganges. The Ghats of Ganga at Varanasi are perhaps the holiest spots among all. I was told that there are close to 100 […]

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RIVER GANGES – THE RIVER THAT NEVER SLEEPS

Red Boat

Stretching a length of 1,560 miles, River Ganges (Hindus called it Ganga) is the second largest river on the Indian subcontinent by discharge. The source of the river comes from the Himalayas, at Gaumakh in the southern Himalayas on the Indian side of the Tibetan border. On any given day, you will find scores of Hindus stepping into the sacred […]

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