“This is India; the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a thousand nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition...” - Mark Twain, Following the Equator, 1897.
In many ways, not much has changed since Mark Twain's visit over a century ago. India is still a land of contrasts, carved by deep rivers of spirituality and history. In other ways, however, change dominates every aspect of Indian society today. Fully exploring, much less understanding this vast nation in a brief visit is impossible, but we will catch authentic glimpses of the India of yesterday and today throughout our image making adventure. Our itinerary covers the best of the must-see monuments including, the incomparable Taj Mahal, but we veer off the beaten path early and often in search of more genuine visions of Indian life.
Ken will be with you each step of the way to help you make the most of these opportunities. We will work together in groups and one-to-one to help you better understand your equipment, master new techniques and expand your creative vision. Ken’s specialty is teaching practical ways to develop your 'photographer's eye', but he is happy to work with you on any aspect of the image making process.
• The Holi Festival of Colors – in all its joy, madness and vibrancy. We will be at the best locations and times to capture the colors and chaos of this ancient celebration.
• Sunrise at the Taj Mahal – this wonder of the ancient world is even more captivating than at first light. We will be inside, waiting for the first rays to kiss its central dome.
• Ancient Varanasi – Hinduism’s holiest city on the banks of the Ganges is Ken’s favorite place to photograph in India. Find out why.
• Thar Desert Camel Safari – trek the dunes atop a camel and photograph the interplay of light and shadows at golden hour.