I am India
There is not a single destination in this great big world that holds more lure, love, attraction, pull, mystery...than India. Not even close. At least not for me.
I speak from the perspective of a wayfaring pilgrim, who has humbly travelled the globe several times over shooting commercial assignments and personal work. India is incredible! Make no mistake about this.
As a photographer, you have not lived until you have photographed India. It should be on the top of your list. And I don't care what sort of genre you shoot. Photograph India. It will change the way you see and shoot!
My first introduction to India came though shooting the infamous Pushkar Camel Fair. That was the beginning of a visual love affair that, I'm quite sure, will last a lifetime.
My relationship to and with India deepened as I became a vested partner in a Delhi-based stock agency called PhotosIndia (which continues to operate today, although I no longer have an ownership position in the collection). That partnership would introduce me to the real India. The India that most photographers only hope to catch a fleeting glimpse of.
I remember, in detail, a three week trip across India, all by train, from North to South, with our PhotosIndia production staff. It not only changed who I was as a person, but also how I shot travel photography. And actually how I see the world now. Here is a video we shot and edited from that trip.
Again, I beseech you, put India high on your priority list of places to travel and photograph. It is a world of sight, sound and smell that you will never forget. And never want to forget.
India, in my personal opinion, while growing leaps and bounds...is still one of the last remaining exotic cultures, countries and continents to photograph.
Instead of a second or third trip to the Caribbean, save those pennies and explore India. And explore it with your camera, heart, eyes and soul. You'll be a changed human being as a result of the encounter.
I don't have any specific details yet, but I do plan, in November of this year, on offering a phototour to the Pushkar Camel Fair. So I can ignite in you the same visual infatuation that I have with this mysterious, magical and memorable place.
If you're into shooting people, color, culture...then you won't want to miss this trip of a lifetime. We'll be sleeping in campground tents. Roughing it. Shooting from sunrise to sunset. We'll have the production support of an India-speaking creative team. We'll shoot candids, set-up shots, portraiture, scenics, urbanscapes, events...you name it. You'll come back with a photographic portfolio that will look like you've shot for National Geographic. And you'll be as proud of it as if you had.
Please, let me share India with you. Let me share my love for her. Let me introduce you to her faces, places and spaces...that you won't believe and will never forget.
I'll have more details soon so stay tuned. In addition to shooting the Pushkar Camel Fair, we'll also be photographing Delhi, Jaipur and Agra (where the Taj Mahal is).
Start saving your money. And get ready to meet a new visual and visceral love that will magnetize and fascinate you beyond belief. Be part of Incredible India. Join us in November.
Note: The phototours that I'll be operating under will be branded 'Hit the Road with Jack'. Start packing.