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Stereotyping India

September 14, 2010

I was browsing some photoblogs and magazine today, killing time and wondering what they did different than me in terms of capturing ideas. And I find that almost all of these sites uniformly portray India in terms of ‘exoticness’.

It is quite surprising that after years of India fighting to showcase itself as an emerging superpower (?), majority of the photos out there and literature is all about India’s Rajasthan and its camels, the beggars on the pavements of Delhi, the rustic-ness of a village on the outskirts of Bangalore or the poverty in Dharavi. I do agree that India is all that… but there is also a growing urban landscape that nobody has bothered to capture.

Perhaps the brightly-colored ghunghats sell, or the images of elephants and camels and snake charmers. But Varanasi and Rajasthan apart, Mumbai is one of the largest metros in the world. Delhi, despite the stupidity of the CWG planners, has some of the most beautiful street markets in the world. Bangalore’s pubs, Calcutta’s trams… the urban touch.

We photograph Melbourne’s trams, the graffiti, Australia’s beaches, Thailands beaches and markets, Rome’s ruins… maybe it is time someone looked at things in a different perspective.

Photo of the day: (This is one of my photographs…sort of represents city life in India)

oops can’t find the photo. shall do it later.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2010 3:47 pm

    Just viewed your photos on flickr! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Amazingly beautiful portraits… loved the way all your pix capture the eyes – even the spotted feline (leopard, yeah…); guess that’s what differentiates the excellent from the ordinary! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations on now being a ‘published’ photographer!

    • September 25, 2010 6:11 am

      thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ the words are quite inspiring.

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