Saturday, September 8, 2012

Floating Perceptions

The first 26 years of my life left me with a particular lens through which I saw India. Not metaphorically. Think Jaipur and the ubiquitous Hawa Mahal shot comes to mind. Think Agra and the front-on view of the Taj floats across my eyes. Think Mumbai and it is the Gateway of India. And I put together the picture of India in my mind, by connecting these isolated points.

But these points were represented in a very standard, even dry - for its overuse - way.  Interestingly, of late I am seeing our land in a radically different way. Shots of forts from unique vantages. Taken in the glory of the monsoons when all is lush, and green a shade that lifts the spirit, a shade that last but a few weeks. Taken at hitherto unexplored places. I am not sure whether people have suddenly woken up to a new way of looking at our history, cultures and tradition and want to capture it through their lens. Or I now have access to such amazing visuals thanks to technology. Or something else. Nevertheless, I am enjoying this shift in perspective. It excites me, really. And I want to be a part of this shift!

Reflecting @ Ranthambore, Source

Pattadakal, Karnataka. Source

Amber Fort, Rajasthan - And the city sprawling behind. Source

Bhangarh, Rajasthan - A city of ruins. Source

The Nilgiri at Munnar, Kerala. Source.

The Unmatchable Hampi. Source.


Kapaleswarar Kovil Gopuram, Chennai. Source

Rajgad Fort, Maharashtra. Source

Kanchenjunga. Source.

Sun Temple, Konark. Source

Nubra Valley, Ladakh. Source.

Bhootnath Temple, Badami, Karnataka. Source

Kaveri running through Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu. Source

Sunflower Fields, Karnataka. Source.

The backwaters of Kumarakom, Kerala

Tipu Sultan's Tomb, Mysore. Source.

Murud-Janjira Sea Fort, Maharashtra. Source.

Panchgani, Maharashtra. Source

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh. Source

Yoga Narasimha Temple, Karnataka. Source.

Enjoy one of the best collections of pictures of the subcontinent that I have come across here. This thread aims to cover every district of India!