Posted by: cochinblogger | November 26, 2012

Living on the Street

In the caption of a photograph of men bathing on a Calcutta street, Michael Freeman in The Photographer’s Eye observes: “For street photography, India is notable not only for the wealth of events and animation but the extreme alertness of the people in the streets. If the aim is to shoot without having anyone in frame looking at the camera, almost the only way is to frame the shot in the mind’s eye and then raise the camera and shoot almost in one motion.”

Living as I do in India, I hadn’t realized there was another way to take street photographs. 🙂

I captured the above image from a moving auto. These men have come to town to conduct an exhibition in a hall that is outside the frame. They sleep in the hall at night and bathe here early in the morning, just outside the hall.

One reason for the throbbing vitality of Indian streets is that so many people live on the street — and off it.

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