Headstrong

I found this old woman not too far from Dhobi Ghat, with a full load as she slowly made her way through the streets. She was kind of sassy, in an old Hindu way.

Headstrong

Wet Cleaning – Daily Laundry Chores in Mumbai

Thousands upon thousands of clothes get washed every day from dawn until dusk in this sea of pools, cleaning, sweat, and toil.  I had a great time walking around down inside getting some up close and personal shots, all of which I lost in a tragic memory card confusion problem on the causeway.

Wet Cleaning - Daily Laundry Chores in Mumbai

The Goat at the Village

Shot on the steps on the way to Akbar’s Palace.

The Goat at the Village

The Largest Gate in the World

This is the larger than life Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri, in the far north of India.  I spent a long time around here, looking at all of Akbar’s Mughal architecture from every angle.  I pictured many a fantastic battle being fought for control of the palace and inner cloister.

It’s the highest gateway in the world and you can easily see the detail of the red sandstone and the inlayed white marble, which still has remarkable architecture, even though it has been there for over 400 years.  A very close look uncovers verses from the Koran, winding their way up and around the towers.

The Largest Gate in the World

I Get the Feeling This Guy is Up To Somethin’

I spent a Saturday in the bazaars and streets of Mumbai, walking around and taking pictures. I also had my own car and driver that I hired for about $16 for the whole day. He sat in the car on the edge of this area, and I kept going back and forth to swap out lenses or change memory cards… but I found all kind of interesting things… like this guy… every shot I got of him with the 300mm was just as intriguing!

I Get the Feeling This Guy is Up To Somethin

Offerings at the Mosque

This mosque was not easy to get a shot in… and they even made me wear a little hat… but I am happy with the results, although everyone inside wondered what a WASPy-lookin guy was doing with a camera!

Offerings at the Mosque

The Wandering Camel at the Taj

When wandering around the outskirts and wilds of the Taj Mahal, where no tourists can be found (you all know I am not fond of clueless tourists that use their flash when they are 500 yards from the subject… you all probably feel the same way!), I found this other wandering camel that stopped for a rest. I don’t know what all the brands on his neck are for – although I assume they denote ownership to the boy in the red’s family.

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The Wandering Camel at the Taj

The Boy at the Temple

Outside the gates to Fatehpur Sikri, an Indian boy waits to take my shoes. I pay him a few rupees to keep track of them for me. I walked several miles in bare feet inside and quickly discovered why everyone has such dirty feet. It’s always been a pet peeve of mine, but, like dropping your keys in a river of lava, I just had to let it go.

The Boy at the Temple

McDelivery

I could give a description of this place I found in India, but I don’t think it is really needed…

McDelivery

Akbar’s Secret Room

This place is a hundred times cooler than the Red Fort in Agra.

This is Akbar’s capital palace near Agra that is called Fatehpur Sikri. Most tourists do not make it out here because they just spend one day looking at the Taj Mahal in the morning and the Red Fort in the afternoon. Since I was there on Saturday and Sunday, I got to spend the second day exploring this palace.

I was frankly more impressed by this place than the Ancient Roman Forum. The Roman Forum is a lot older, but this place is really amazing…

Akbar's Secret Room

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