Indian Summer: Ahmedabad (V) – Short stories…

Like all Indian people, the locals from Ahmedabad love to pose for the camera and I naturally took advantage of that…

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Ahmedabad #144, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑Waiting inside the rickshaw for the driver to take them home…

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Ahmedabad #061, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑Checking the tourists down bellow…

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Ahmedabad #622, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑Feeling a bit embarrassed…

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Ahmedabad #759, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑The proud  owners of a jewelry store…

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Ahmedabad #787, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑Brothers in arms… and domestic appliances,

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Ahmedabad #830, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑A (very) young married couple enjoying the holiday…

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Adalaj #844, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑School children on a field trip to see the Adalaj Vav (Step well) and some Europeans as a bonus…

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Ahmedabad #702, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑Just came from school, sitting on the vegetable market, near her father’s stall…

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Ahmedabad #883, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑The pure white outfit of the garlic trader, in the spice quarter…

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Ahmedabad #882, Gujarat, India, 2012

↑A small excuse for a well deserved brake from carrying chilly peppers on their backs…

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Aurangabad #946, Maharashtra, India, 2012

↑Frozen still for more than one minute in silent contemplation of that strange man with a camera… me.

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photoblog 2012

This was the last post of the “Indian Summer” series, about my tour throughout the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, India on August 2012.

It was a trip that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to make. I felt I needed some serious rest and sun soaking, not a backpacker-style unpredictable saga! Somehow, however, this exhausting journey ended up making my soul lighter. I got there carrying some frustrations and disappointments of my daily life with me and suddenly, all of those negative feelings became so small and unimportant. After being tortured by heat, pollution and gastroenteritis, my most immediate plans were to go back again as soon as possible. See the paradox? That’s India!

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6 responses

  1. Great collection here. I’m especially liking the color shot, but all the B&W’s are awesome as well.

    December 4, 2012 at 01:07

    • António Marques

      Thank you, Icastel. Those colors really caught my attention back then.

      December 5, 2012 at 10:10

  2. The last one is funny, with their poses both had their hand on the wall. Where’s her bottom anyway?!

    December 5, 2012 at 06:51

    • António Marques

      Good question!…

      December 5, 2012 at 10:28

  3. very intimate portraits and a wonderful series Antonio !

    when you can get as close to the people of a foreign country as these photos suggest, it usually means you stopped being just another tourist and got through into the fabric of that culture !

    December 5, 2012 at 08:04

    • António Marques

      Absolutely. I think it’s the ability to open ourselves to others that can make traveling – and photography – such an exciting endeavor. Thank you very much, Abu.

      December 5, 2012 at 10:28

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