Black & White Photographs from the beaches of Mahabalipuram, streets of Madurai, and a journey North to Mumbai. India, July/August 2005.
India, Mahabalipuram. July/31/2005.
Talking with boys on the beaches of Mahabalipuram, approximately 7 months after it was struck by the Tsunami. Although the Tsunami claimed lives, and most of the homes in their fishing village, life had more or less returned to the norm - including backflips into the ocean!
India, Mahabalipuram. Aug/01/2005.
A split second, diverted from hawking his wares. Kolam is a traditional South Indian practice whereby decorative signs are drawn with rice flour or chalk on the ground outside one's home. Generally placed close to the threshold, Kolams are believed to bring prosperity to the house. This man was making and selling perforated rolling tubes to speed up the process of creating Kolam.
India, Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. Aug/01/2005.
Constructed somewhere between the 7th - 9th centuries in the port city of Mahabalipuram, this Shore Temple is an example of architecture from the South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. Currently classified as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
India, Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. Aug/02/2005. Vine growth on the side of a building at Ideal Beach Resort.
India, Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. Aug/01/2005. Descent of the Ganges. Detail from a relief depicting the auspicious moment the sacred river Ganges descended to earth. Carved out of rock along the Coromandel coastline during the 7th-8th centuries.
India, Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. Aug/03/2005. Tailors at Meenakshi Nayaka Mandapa.
India, Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. Aug/03/2005. Meenakshi Nayaka Mandapa. Amongst vendors and seamstresses, wafts of incense and excrement -- just out of reach of children dragging even younger siblings around while begging for change -- a young boy stands selling knives.
India, Tamil Nadu, Mahabalipuram. Aug/11/2005. Street scene, mid-afternoon.
India, Kodaikanal. Aug/05/2005. 100 Rupees a night, broken lock, wind howling through the corridors, voices at night...
India, Kodaikanal. Aug/12/2005. An abandoned hotel.
India, Pune. Aug/16/2005. Thrilled to pieces after receiving a walkman with tapes of his favorite music, Rithek sang along and aloud for hours...
India, Pune. Aug/16/2005. ... eventually his brother, Sonu, was allowed to listen too!
India, Pune. Aug/16/2005. Sonu.
India, Maharashta, Karla Caves. Aug/17/2005. On the way down from the caves a woman asked for a portrait. Left: the pose. Right: a split-second before.
India, Maharashta, Karla Caves. Aug/17/2005. Looking out from a plateau at the base of the Karla caves, 20km from the hill station of Lonavala.