Pushkar - 2017

Pushkar - 2017

The Pushkar Fair (Mela) is an annual livestock fair and cultural festival held in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India. It is one of the largest camel, horse and cattle fairs. In my earlier visit in 2012, I had taken lots of portraits and travel pictures. This time, I wanted to capture more of street pictures.

The following set of pictures taken during my second visit to Pushkar in 2016.

Using Flash

Using Flash

Using Flash in Street photography is quite difficult or sometimes uncomfortable, but it gives very satisfying results. After I bought "Ricoh GR Digital", I wanted to make use of the in-built flash in some difficult lighting situations. I also wanted to try flash in night people photography, especially longer exposure pictures. 

Koovagam Festival

Koovagam Festival

Koothandavar festival is the biggest annual transgenders festival in India. It is a celebration of love and death, of sacrifice and life.  The festival takes place at the Koothandavar Temple dedicated to Aravaan. The transgenders marry Lord Aravaan, thus reenacting an ancient myth of Lord Krishna who married Aravaan after taking a form of a woman called Mohini. The next day, all transgenders mourn the god Aravaan death through ritualistic dances and by breaking their bangles and removing their mangalsutra.