India Photog

Posted by sepoy on December 13, 2005 · 1 min read

India by Jeff Mather. I like the tenements, but where are the tenants?


Jeff Mather | December 14, 2005

I have enjoyed reading CM for some time, and thanks for noticing my musings. "Where are the people?" you ask. Some are there: tourguides, tourists, wedding-goers (in a different photo gallery Most everybody else had the good sense to be inside when it was 40+ degrees outside in June. And to be honest, it's really hard for a couple of white folks to walk around Delhi by themselves, blend in, and be unhassled enough to photograph at will. So there are a lot of images of touristy places. There were other folks, of course -- workers, travelers, people hanging out, children, beggars -- just like everywhere else. Here in the States, I'm getting more confident at appropriating peoples' likenesses; but I balked at photographing many of the things that would have shown more of the "Indian experience" we were having. Sometimes I wasn't sure of the propriety, and other times I realized the photos would have said more about me than the people I met. Next time, when I go back with some NRI friends, I'll get you a tenement tenant or two...