India Overview

India 2010–11

Pondicherry | January 2011

The photographs on display in this section originate from a nearly five month long journey over 13.000 kilometers in 42 stages around the Indian subcontinent between October 2010 and February 2011. Most of the way was negotiated by railway, some of it by bus, and a tiny fraction through Keralas backwaters by ferryboat.

In 2014 I did a Blurb-photobook with my Indian pictures. Back then I thought serious documentary photography has to be monochrome. That is as I now know a confusion of mind even the best photographers can suffer. Today I see it differently and I allow myself to operate in color and B/W. Since my way of looking at images has to have changed over time I am now in the situation of discovering the whole material anew. And apart from that I have to do postprocessing again. Consequently this section will fill over time and you should check back in if you like what you see here now – as it is even more a work in progress than the rest of this webpage.

There is, however, a short essay I wrote as an epilogue for the Photobook and since the written word is (mostly) always black on white you can read it here.

We landed in Mumbai on October 16th 2010 and immediatly left the city northwards for a small coastal town named Bordi. From there on we circumvented the subcontinent clockwise, leaving out Kashmir for climatic reasons and the Seven Sister States for logistical ones. The sequence of the photographs here will be along the route of our journey.


The Route

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BORDI – DAHANU – AHMEDABAD – VERAVAL – BIKANER – KOLAYAT – CHANDIGARH – SHIMLA || MUSSOORIE – HARIDWAR – DELHI – JODHPUR – JAIPUR || AGRA – VARANASI – RAJGIR – DARJEELING – KOLKATA || PURI – VISAKHAPATNAM – VIJAYAWADA – MAMALLAPURAM –PONDICHERRY – RAMESWARAM – MADURAI – VARKALA – QUILLON – ALLEPPEY – COCHIN – OOTY – KALPETTA – MYSORE – MANGALORE – UDUPI – MURUDESWAR – KARWAR – PANJIM – GOKARNA – PUNE – AURANGABAD – NASHIK – MUMBAI