Cooking at the Market

Cooking at the Market - New Delhi, India

When I was in India in 2012, I had two days to squeeze in as many tourist sites as possible. I went to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and two other Unesco World Heritage sites. I also took a tour around New Delhi, the capital of India. But I wanted to see more than the typical tourist destinations. I wanted to see how the average person lived.

We had a couple of hours before my flight to Bangalore, in the southern part of India. The driver took me to an open air market, somewhere towards the airport, in New Delhi. Lot of fresh food, live chickens which they can behead in front of you, as well as clothing and bootlegged DVDs. It was a glorious mishmash of vendors selling their wares. I didn’t spend a lot of time there, but that visit, as well as one to a local temple, was memorable. I felt like I veered, at least somewhat, from the typical views visitors see of the country.

I shot this with the Olympus E-PL1 and the Panasonic 20mm f1.7. It was a slow but versatile combination that I used back then. But looking back at my library, I see a lot of misses or images that were less than ideal. I thought that I took better pictures that I actually did. But the photos are doing their job — they remind me of a once in a life time trip. I’ll love to go again, someday. To experience it once more, but also to create better photos with modern gear and, perhaps, better techniques that I have developed, over the years.

Part of my Travelgram Collection.

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