Reminiscing India in Color, with Film
by Hector Ramos – See his blog HERE
I was privileged to work in India from 1992 to 1995 and to have lived there from 1999 to 2010. I worked with amazing people and became part of their families who embraced me as one of their own. I traveled extensively in different cities and villages, and photographed a lot. India and its people are one of the most colorful on earth. The culture, custom, languages, philosophy, religion and people are so diverse which made travel and photography so stimulating. I had the time of my life exploring. The Garhwal Himalayas with its snow-capped peaks, sacred temples, mythical rivers with its ascetics became my favorite retreat place to escape the cities. I also enjoyed the solitude in the deserts of Rajasthan and the tranquility of the backwaters in Kerala deep down south. Varanasi always pulled me to spend time in her ghats observing people carrying on with ancient rites.
Looking at three suitcases at home full of color slides which easily number to a few thousands, I am overwhelmed by the amount of unorganized photographs and unprocessed life experiences. The pictures below are a small sample and a feeble attempt to share some of the beautiful places in India which captivated my heart.
To those who interested in photographic equipment: most of the images were taken with the Leica MP, 35 and 50 mm Summilux lenses, 75mm Summilux, 24mm Elmarit f2.8; some with the Nikon F5, 20-35mm and 80-200mm f2.8 lenses; mostly on Fujchrome Velvia 50 and some on Provia 100.