Postcards from Jodhpur

In Postcards From..., Travel, Workshops and Events by David38 Comments

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Hello from Jodhpur, though by the time you get this, I’ll be in Delhi on my way to Istanbul for one final week of wandering before flying home. It’s been a beautiful week here, full of the chaos and colour I remembered and so loved the first time I came to India and has had me coming back ever since. This trip has been a long time coming. I’m not sure what took me so long, except perhaps a growing focus on Africa and then on the west coast of Canada. I wandered markets and temples all week, introducing my four students to this incredible place, drinking enough masala chai and dal makhani to keep me powered for weeks, and generally soaking in the wonder. There is magic here, as there is everywhere if you look hard enough and are open to seeing it. But here it’s vibrant and loud and announces itself with a horn.

I’m easing into this new way of doing workshops – with very small groups of students, just 4 or 5, that I can push hard, and with whom I can spend quality time: there are just enough of us to sit around a meal table and share one conversation. Not so many that I can’t give my attention to everyone. I love it. After years of trying to find my place with travelling workshops, this is the way I want to do them from now on. If you’re interested, keep your ear to the ground, I’ll soon be announcing Venice, Florence, Rome, and a return to Jodhpur for a week that culminates with the colourful Holi festival (March 2017). When I do announce these workshops they’ll be by application only, so I can best curate the group, and they will fill very quickly. If you want to be on my Workshop Only email list, SIGN UP HERE.

These workshops, and the ones I have done before with friends like Matt Brandon, Jeffrey Chapman, and Martin Bailey who still do wonderful trips, have been one of the great gifts of my life. Most of my friends, including my wonderful girl, Cynthia, have been met on one of these trips. There are few other ways I know to bond so well with others than to travel with them.

Now I’m off to pack my bags before the sun sets over the Meranghar Fort and I need to be on a rooftop to revel in it and say goodbye to my new friends. I brought an Eagle Creek duffle on this trip that splits into 2 bags and between the incredible textiles (4 bed spreads), spices, scarves, and the gorgeous brass Ganesha figure I bought, I’m going to need it. God help me when I get to the bazaars in Istanbul in a couple days!

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  1. Hello David,

    as a follower of your vision of photography for a long time i’m now on the way to Jodhpur to see the light you’ve seen.

    Maybe you have a “Special Place” in Jodhpur i should visit?

    … and maybe you have a look on my site 😉

  2. Hey everyone! I’ve updated David’s blog post above with a link to add yourself directly to the workshop email list (instead of leaving a comment). For those who have already left a comment, I’ve added you manually to the list so you’re good to go. You can subscribe to the list here:

  3. Amazing shots David I too would enjoy the opportunity to join you and a small group on one of your future tours.
    Thanks for sharing

  4. Hi David,

    Please add me to the mailing list for your future workshops!!!



  5. Hi David,

    Please add me to your workshop list.

    Thank you for sharing your expertise and passion with us.

  6. As I mentioned in your earlier post on the topic, I would be beyond honored to join you on a tour this year or next. Please add me to the list; my copies of your books are all highlighted, so I need some new material.

  7. Hi David,

    Please add me to the mailing list for your workshops.

    Thank you.


  8. certainly would be interested in a return to India, I’ll keep my eyes open. When I first went to India last year, I found it truly amazing.
    thanks for sharing, André

  9. I always enjoy seeing your images and reading your thoughts David, if I ever get to attend an overseas workshop it’ll be one of yours

  10. Hi David,

    I am very much interested of your workshops. Please add me to your email list. Thanks

  11. Please add me to the list, and remember that you can always buy another duffel at the bazaars 🙂

    Gear is good, but colourful souvenirs are better?



  12. Hi David,

    I’d love to come on one of your Jodphur workshops ! I’m Dutch and I just bought your Visual Toolbox book to put on the rest of your book pile. If that isn’t an incentive to not forget me I don’t know what is…:)



  13. Add me to the workshop list, please! Istanbul is a fantastic city to shoot in. Looking forward to your shares.

  14. Costs may be prohibitive…but would love to make that decision when the time comes! Please add me to your list. Beautiful images and can’t wait to see what you make in Istanbul. Love that city and yes…better get ya another bag…that huge bazaar is mind-blowing!

  15. Excellent stuff David. It’s always great to get your perspective on how you, yourself actually “experience” these places. Looking forward to a workshop with you in the future.

    Best, Tom

  16. Hi David,

    I would love to take part in this but I imagine they will be ultra-expensive tours, given the small group size and the fact that they’re with you! Will you give any indication of the cost in future emails? In any case, I would like to be added to the mailing list.

  17. Hi David!
    Beatutiful images, as always!
    I would gladly be on the workshop list: this small groups – pushed hard formula seems fantastic.
    Have a good trip going back home…Have you ever been in Istanbul? It’s a wonderful city, I loved it!

  18. Hi David,

    I would love to take one of your workshops. Please add me to your email list. Thanks

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