Varanasi, also known as Banaras is a city on the banks of the Ganges and it is the spiritual capital of India. It is one of the holiest cities in Hinduism.
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.
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.