Carrying a large DSLR camera whilst exploring a foreign city is not always practical. It makes you stand out (more so than you would already) and draws unwanted attention. In my opinion a big camera can also create a little bit of tension and can create an immediate barrier when meeting and interacting with locals. I spent last Sunday, map in hand, walking around Old Dehli. I was alone and did not feel like carrying my camera…so I charged up my iPhone and decided to snap a few shots of my memorable day. I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Enjoy my day in Delhi…
Being in Delhi during the monsoon has been an experience. The overwhelming heat that sits on your shoulders, enveloping your very being, which then in the afternoon is finally released as the heavens open. Heavy rain falls washing the streets clean and instilling a new energy into the city. It may be a hot time, but it is beautiful time to explore the city.
As the monsoon shower abated so the shops and the stalls started reopening. One of the first markets that was ‘in-business’ were the bird stalls. I am not fond of having birds as pets, but I was drawn to this image by the odd collection of bird cages and the motley group of men hanging around trying to make a sale.
I did not even know a place like this existed in the world. A place where you have an entire market of books (second-hand and new) that you pay for by weight. The books have no order or logic to their placement and are literally placed in piles. Customers come from far afield to dig their way through the piles looking for a gem. Mining for classics and adventures!
If you are a book lover then Delhi must be on your list. It is not only the outrageous selection, but the incredibly low prices.
Street art – stencil graffiti on my walk. There is a belief, in hinduism, that the ancestors came in the form of crows. Crows are a symbol of unity. Crows never take food alone but call other crows to take part in the feast. In fact, Crows are among the most intelligent birds in the world and have been badly mis-represented over the years in various cultures/media.
Light streams in, illuminating all dark places.
The stories of Krishna appear across a broad spectrum of Hindu philosophical and theological traditions.They portray him in various perspectives: a God-child, a prankster, a model lover, a divine hero, and the supreme being. Krishna is usually shown with blue skin and is often shown wearing a yellow silk dhoti and a peacock feather crown. Common depictions show him as a little boy, or as a young man in a characteristically relaxed pose, playing the flute. In this form, he usually stands with one leg bent in front of the other with a flute raised to his lips, in the Tribhanga posture, accompanied by cows, emphasizing his position as the divine herdsman.
Just when I thought my homeland of South Africa had issues when it came to wiring. Walking around Old Dehli was an entirely new window into an electricians nightmare. Just imagine trying to find which wire it is that is the problem!
I have been pleasantly surprised by the number of flowers and plants in Delhi. It often appears that the passing by ladies, dressed in Saris, have been inspired by the exquisite colours of nature.
Today, in all Hindu art and all over Nepal and India, ‘OM’ can be seen virtually everywhere, a common sign for Hinduism and its philosophy and theology. Hindus believe that as creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound “OM”
Jama Masjid is the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the best-known mosque in India and one of the largest in the world. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers.
The mosque is a real example of great architecture that existed during the Mughal period. It has the blend of both Hindu and Mughal style of architecture.
The metro system in Delhi is great. Not only does it have huge coverage, but there are plenty of trains, it is clean and it is cheap. It is a fun way to interact with locals, watch people on their day-to-day missions, and to explore areas read about in travel guides.
Another fun way to get around is on a Rickshaw
I love the way that Indians are not afraid to use colours….everywhere
This is one of my favourite photographs taken in Old Dehli as it includes a taster of just about everything. It is a picture that allows you to look at it for ages. It is so busy and there is so much happening. Colours, textures and contrasts just pour out…
Sadly, with Independence day around the corner, the legendary Red Fort was closed; a perfect excuse to charge my phone and head back into the bustling streets…
Written and photographed by Adam Bannister