Mcleodganj has been receiving snow since early Saturday morning. With no power and little communication, life has become hard. More snow is expected in the coming days. Ashwini has been photographing every day finding hotels with generators to keep his laptop/camera batteries charged.
January 14 is the festival of Uttarayan in Gujarat, marking the end of winter, the return of the sun and the reawakening of the gods. It is also the day of the kite flying festival. Flyers hold kite fights, attempting to send competing kites crashing to the ground. They use special string, dipped in a … Continue reading
Whether you’re after phosphorescent cakes, a bulk order of Maggi noodles, monkeys walking the high wire, a porter, a prayer flag, a quick chant over a butter lamp, a climb of a mountain or a cup of chai, you know it’s never more than ten minutes away in McLeodganj. All this, and so much more. … Continue reading
Dharamshala photographer Tsering Topgyal started an internship earlier this year with the Associated Press Delhi bureau. One of his early assignments was to photograph anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare, who gained huge popular support when he went on hunger strike to demand the government pass a tough anti-graft law. Tsering spoke candidly about being a novice … Continue reading
This ongoing project will record the graves in the cemetery of the Church of St John in the Wilderness, a nineteenth-century British garrison church just outside McLeodganj, Dharamshala. The tombstones, which date from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, form an important record of the history of the area, but with age and the … Continue reading
To make pictures with Certo Six, pictured above, use this simple process; Point your camera at the subject of your choice, decide what to include in the frame, use a hand-held light meter to determine settings for correct settings on your camera, do a mental calculation to change the suggested settings according to the … Continue reading
There have been several candlelight vigils in Dharamshala marking a series of recent self-immolations in Tibet to protest Chinese rule. Covering these events presents particular challenges to the photographer. Here is some advice on how to photograph under such low light conditions. Use fast lenses preferably with maximum apertures of f1.8 or larger. Usually … Continue reading
Ramlila or the story of Ram is enacted each year in India for 10 days ending on the Hindu festival Dussehra, when large effigies of the demon king Ravan, his son and his brother are burnt depicting victory of good over evil. This year I went backstage in Dharamshala to photograph the artists. Ashwini Bhatia