The faces of India

I spent the last week travelling around northern India, taking in the colours, food, culture and the welcoming and vibrant people.

I met a number of characters including a few students on a school trip at Humayun's Tomb, a lovely toddler who helped his father sweep up leaves near India Gate. There were the ladies in the gardens surrounding the Taj Mahal who were initially apprehensive about their photo being taken.

The most pleasant experience for me was the relationships I built with the people on the streets of Delhi and Agra (and Jaipur in a previous trip) which allowed for some lovely intimate moments.

Here are some of my favourite photos from my most recent time in India:

Great bunch of guys near the Lotus Temple. They were so friendly, offering monkey nuts and smiling for the camera.

Great bunch of guys near the Lotus Temple. They were so friendly, offering monkey nuts and smiling for the camera.

One of my all time favourites. This lady was trying to sell something to the commuters on their way home. I was about to put my camera away but shot through the glass at the last minute.

One of my all time favourites. This lady was trying to sell something to the commuters on their way home. I was about to put my camera away but shot through the glass at the last minute.

I photographed these children near Red Fort, Delhi. Both children took a break from playing near the main road leading to Red Fort. They have leprosy.

I photographed these children near Red Fort, Delhi. Both children took a break from playing near the main road leading to Red Fort. They have leprosy.

After being stuck in a traffic jam for a while, I turned and looked at this guy in one of the 'chicken busses'. We exchanged a look common to all commuters on the long way home. I lifted my camera, asked and photographed when he accepted.

After being stuck in a traffic jam for a while, I turned and looked at this guy in one of the 'chicken busses'. We exchanged a look common to all commuters on the long way home. I lifted my camera, asked and photographed when he accepted.

One of my favourtie moments. I was on my way back from India Gate via Khan Market and I saw these guys waiting for punters. I had to photograph them; they looked so suave, especially the man sitting in the rickshaw.

One of my favourtie moments. I was on my way back from India Gate via Khan Market and I saw these guys waiting for punters. I had to photograph them; they looked so suave, especially the man sitting in the rickshaw.

This lovely little one was helping his father sweep the leaves on the ground near India Gate. Simply beautiful.

This lovely little one was helping his father sweep the leaves on the ground near India Gate. Simply beautiful.

He sells roses to buyers near India Gate. 

He sells roses to buyers near India Gate. 

This lady gardens near the Taj Mahal. She was apprehensive initially but I waited for the right moment. One of my favourites.

This lady gardens near the Taj Mahal. She was apprehensive initially but I waited for the right moment. One of my favourites.

I saw this carpet maker in Agra. He went through the process of making a carpet by hand. The lesson was informative and engaging. Admittedly, my capacity to take in information waned after my second kingfisher beer. No carpet for me.

I saw this carpet maker in Agra. He went through the process of making a carpet by hand. The lesson was informative and engaging. Admittedly, my capacity to take in information waned after my second kingfisher beer. No carpet for me.

The old axiom 'children will be children' rings true. These girls were very curious and didn't mind the camera being out. They had just finished a school trip at Humayun's Tomb.

The old axiom 'children will be children' rings true. These girls were very curious and didn't mind the camera being out. They had just finished a school trip at Humayun's Tomb.

This guy made me laugh. We stared each other out then he smiled, I smiled. I did the peace sign, he followed. Just before these exchanges, I took the shot.

This guy made me laugh. We stared each other out then he smiled, I smiled. I did the peace sign, he followed. Just before these exchanges, I took the shot.

The loveliest toilet attendant ever. 

The loveliest toilet attendant ever. 

I had been walking for a few hours and was about to sit on the bench next to this guy. I took the photo, showed him and then he laughed. 

I had been walking for a few hours and was about to sit on the bench next to this guy. I took the photo, showed him and then he laughed.