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Captivating Portraits Of People In India Taken By Photographer - HubPages

Updated on July 10, 2015

Take a photographic journey through some of these portrait photos from India by the photographer Kristian Bertel. India, a wonderful land that is full of beauty, charm and adventure, and in these portraits you will hopefully see that there is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

Portraitures of people in India
India's culture and heritage are a vivid mixture the past history and the present. This vast country offers the visitor a view of fascinating religions and ethnography, a vast variety of languages with more than four houndred living languages, and monuments that have been present for thousands of years. As it opens up to a globalised world, India still has a depth of history and intensity of culture that awes and fascinates the many who visit there.


India, a captivating country to photograph
As captivating as India might be in the guide books the portraits in this blog post also depicts the filth, dirt, garbage around in India. Portraits where crowds, Indian streets, markets and bazaars are jam-packed with people, vehichels and animals. Places where all the streets tend to be narrow and where the poverty, dust and pollution are portrayed in the Indian portraits by the photographer. Most visitors to India get inured quite fast and start seeing the good sides too. However, the photographer recommends to take it easy in the first few days and schedule some time to get away from it all.


Photographing portraits in India
Portrait photography has been of great interest for the photographer for many years. He is is seeing the portrait as a photograph representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. For the photographer and his photos of the people from India, the intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person. For this reason, in photography a portrait is generally not a snapshot, but a composed image of a person in a still position.


Engaging with the subjects
In the portraits by the photographer the photos often shows a person looking directly at the photographer, in order to most successfully engage the subject with the viewer. The field of portrait photography has drawn him to the captivating and fascinating country of India making portraits. When he is making portraits in India it is often in the streets so he has to use the available light which is on the scene. When portrait photographs are composed and captured in a studio, photographers normally have control over the lighting of the composition of the subject and can adjust direction and intensity of light.


Poverty in India
Many visitors expecting maharajahs and fabulous palaces are shocked when their first impressions are dominated by poverty instead. And as a photographer and a traveler in India you have to get used to the persistent touts and beggars who might stare at you. Beggars, especially malnourished children and the badly deformed, can be particularly disturbing as a visitor to the country of India.


Portraits in the streets of India
One of the things you can photograph in India are all the street scenes ranging from colorful dressed people like the woman and the child portrayed here above. India is the second-largest population and it is tipped to be the world's most populous nation in fifteen years from now.


Beggars and begging in India
Poverty is the reason for India's ever-growing number of beggars, mainly in the larger cities. For foreign visitors this is often the most confronting aspect of traveling in the subcontinent. Whether you give something is a matter of personal choice, though your money can often be put better long-term use if given to a reputable charity.


Smiling people and food in India
With around seven thousand kilometers of coastline, it is no surprise that fish and seafood are important staples on the subcontinent, and especially on the west coast from Mumbai down to Kerala. Through its food, you will discover that India is a world of dishes expressed in smells, flavors and personalities. Like so many aspects of India, its food too, is an elutive thing to define because it is made up of so many regionally diverse dishes.

© 2015 Kristian Bertel

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