I spent 5 days in Varanasi way back in 2011 and my earliest street photography documentary work was here in India. Telling the story of everyday life in this amazing city through my images.
Varanasi is situated on the banks of the River Ganges in Uttar Pradesh and is reckoned to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Varanasi is one of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism. That might explain the Karma and spirituality the city exudes. It is a vibe that many visitors tune into, regardless of their religious or spiritual persuasion. I certainly did!
India – A Watershed Moment
My visit to India was a positive watershed moment in my life in several ways. Although I had already travelled quite extensively in the past it had always been to westernised countries.
India was my first experience of a markedly different culture and way of life and I loved it! It certainly changed the way I approach travel photography.
Passion for Street Photography
My passion for street photography was born in Varanasi.
Without realising it at the time this is when I started to develop a fascination for photographing people going about their daily lives and documenting contrasting cultures.
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Alternatively, you can see more of my work as a reportage and documentary photographer here.