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Faces of India in Pictures

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Girl Posing - Varanasi, India

Samuel Jeffery of Nomadic Samuel captures the faces of India through his lens.

Before descending upon India, I had been backpacking continuously for nearly a year and a half. I was feeling particularly worn down both physically and mentally and the repetitive nature of constantly being on the move and seeing ‘yet’ another temple was beginning to take its toll; however, once I arrived in India, I felt this surge of adrenaline and excitement suddenly – not unlike my first backpacking experience. India was just a whole new ball game compared to anywhere else I had ever been. I’ve often said, and heard others mention that more things happen in India than anywhere else in the world combined. I felt constantly stimulated by what was happening around me.

An India Tour through Pictures

The following photos are a series of ‘distinct faces of India’ from my 2 month journey across Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Agra, Varanasi and Kolkata. Although I barely scratched the surface of this massive country, these candid portraits represent the diversity of the people and regions throughout northern India.

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Cute boys excited about having their photo taken - Jaipur, India

India is literally a photographers dream. You could pivot wearing a blindfold with your thumb firmly pressed down on the shutter release button and you’d have a series of great photos. There is just so much going on all at once it’s hard to even focus on what particular subject you want to shoot.

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A cute girl posing for a photo at the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple) - Amritsar, India

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A boy eating rice outside the Jama Masjid - Old Delhi, India

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A candid conversation on the street - Jaipur, India

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Holy men posing for donations - Jaisalmer, India

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Snake charmer playing music - Jaipur, India

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A big smile on the motorcycle - Jodhpur, India

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Gypsy dancer - Thar Desert, India

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Boys playing on bike - Jodhpur, India

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Smiling man - Jodhpur, India

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Colourful Saris - Jodhpur, India

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Waving crowd from the back of the vehicle - Kolkata, India

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Carrying pot on head - Calcutta, India

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Construction Worker - Dharamsala, India

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Monk and Beggar - Mcleod Ganj, India

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Child in need of attention - Pushkar, India

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Gypsy Man - Thar Desert, India

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Man standing outside tempe - Udaipur, India

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Man Hauling Cart - Udaipur, India

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Boy drinking Chai - Jaisalmer, India

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Girl Sitting Down - Udaipur, India

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Laughing Ladies - Udaipur, India

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Street Shave - Varanasi, India

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Bathing at the Ghats - Varanasi, India

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Diana says:

These are remarkable photos!!

Lea says:

Hi Samuel!

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Thanks
lea from Jakarta, Indonesia

Josh says:

Nice pics Samuel, how long were you in India? Do you have any more Golden Temple pics?

Samuel says:

Hi Josh, I do have a lot more pictures from the Golden Temple :) I will be showing some soon on my blog.

matt says:

I don’t know what it is about India that brings out the best in a photograph. I’m sure its the bright mix of colours and the life people bring to the picture.

Samuel says:

Matt, I think you’re on to something here. No matter what level the photographer, India brings everyone’s game up a notch or two. It’s a photographer’s dream in terms of shooting.

Sherry says:

These are wonderfully endearing Samuel! Candid portraits always gives a great perspective on a culture and its people. I especially like the smiling ones which shows that no matter what life they have, they’re still happy.

Samuel says:

Thanks Sherry, I try to capture a wide range of emotions with my photography, but (as you mentioned) nothing beats a smile :)

Raymond says:

Nicely done Samuel!

Brock says:

Such incredible photos! And so many stories in their faces!

Samuel says:

Thanks Brock, I tried to put together a diverse collection that reflects what it is like to travel in India.

Shh says:

Nice photos. I specially like the smiling cute girl fourth from last.

Samuel says:

Thanks, I remember her very distinctly. This was in a rural area just outside of Udaipur.

Leslie says:

Great photos! Love the up close shots– I’ve never been to India but it’s on my list!

Samuel says:

Leslie, I hope you get a chance to go! I can’t wait to return :)

Abby says:

Really, really great shots, Samuel.

Samuel’s photos are amazing! I just want to stare at each photo — the faces, emotions, colors — beautifully done.

Samuel says:

Thanks Cathy, much appreciated :)

Joe says:

This makes me miss India! I really can’t wait to go back. It’s my favorite country by far!

Samuel says:

Thanks! I agree with you – definitely my favourite country as well!

Allison says:

Wow! Such gorgeous and colorful photos. The colors and diversity of India are really captured in these shots – thanks for sharing. I really hope to make it to India one day, but for now I live vicariously through others’ blogs!

Samuel says:

Allison, I hope you get the opportunity! It’s a life changing experience in my opinion.

Erin says:

Gorgeous shots! I am rubbish at taking portraits (too shy to ask) but India’s the only country where I’ve got some great people shots. Everyone is so photogenic and generally happy to have their photo taken.

Samuel says:

Thanks Erin, I think India is paradise for any photographer – from amateur to serious.

Name says:

Wow, colourful India!! Really love your picture especially those in Udaipur.

Samuel says:

Thank you, Udaipur was one of my favourite spots – very scenic!

This is a great post, I love clicking faces too and completely enjoyed looking at the captures here. I would look forward to more :)

Samuel says:

Siddhartha, if you’d like to see all of my India pics click here:

http://photos.nomadicsamuel.com/India

Thanks for the generous compliment!

Andi says:

BEYOND gorgeous!!! I got a lot of awesome portraits in India as well.

Samuel says:

Thanks Andi :) I’d love to see your shots of India. From your blog posts I’ve noticed you have a good eye!

Nice array of pics!
You are good with the camera!
Cheers,
John D. Wilson

Samuel says:

John, thanks for the kind compliment. It’s quite honestly a photographers dream to be located in India.

prebble says:

Such a diversity of pictures, people and places in India….no wonder visitors are so attracted to this country…thanks samuel

Samuel says:

Thank you, it’s truly the most diverse and fascinating country I’ve ever visited.

Samuel says:

A special thanks to Jason & Aracely for featuring my photo essay – quite an honour!

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