After a busy, and increasingly hot, week in Jodhpur with my first of two Mentor Series Workshops here in Rajasthan, one group of students is now leaving with beautiful bodies of work and another has just arrived. We spend our early mornings walking the streets, padding our shoeless way through temples, sitting with our favourite chai wallas, and following unexpected invitations and opportunities. It’s a great city for that, and every street and alley seems to be hemmed in by the bluest walls. So it seems almost a shame to photograph this place in black and white, but the thing is when you go deep you realize this city isn’t about blue. It’s so much more than that. It’s hard workers and street chaos, stolen moments between friends, the endless ringing of temple bells and honking of rickshaw horns. Anyways, I know it’s been a while so I wanted to check in and say hello, and send some postcards. I’ll check in again in a week when this next workshop is over and we’re homeward bound.
If you like the idea of spending a week with me in India, we’re planning to launch 2 one-week Mentor Series Workshops in Varanasi next year, roughly March 04-10 and 11 to 17. I will only be taking 5 students for each, several of the spots now already spoken for by alumni. Just my way of letting you know now is the time to think about it, because when we announce it there won’t be a lot of time to get an application in. Varanasi is an exciting, raw place, and I can’t wait to be walking up and down the ghats again. If you want to be sure you here about this, make sure you’re on my workshop newsletter (Click here). We’ll only email you when a workshop opportunity comes up, and there aren’t many. We won’t spam you.
One last thing: we’re giving away a Fuji XT-2, 18-55mm lens, Fuji-X Domke satchel, and a signed copy of my next book, The Soul of the Camera. It’s over on March 28, so get your name in now if you haven’t already. And if you want more chances to win, there’s a way to do that by sharing with others that might benefit. Good luck! (Click here to get your name in)
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Beautiful monochrome pics.
Greetings from India
Beautiful B&W images, David. Love the man and the woks as well as the young man eating.
Thanks for sharing…
Beautiful work, David! You continue finding new ways to share the world you see, allowing us a brief visit to a different part of the world, and more importantly, giving us a glimpse into others lives, sharing moments of emotion, contemplation, and curiosity. Great body of work. The first and last image speak the most to me. Powerful moments in time. And black and white really does work so well with these images.
Love the light in those last 3 images 🙂
Yea!!! I was missing my David “fix” :)!!!! Those are some stunners! The man cooking shot is just so full of emotions I feel I was there watching. You do such a great job at capturing feeling and soul! It’s really made it hit home to me as a woman just learning my camera functions to just ENJOY and go with my gut more than worrying about the “correct” and “rules” of photography-I can and will still try to learn those of course but the soul of the photo is really what I’m looking for so thanks!