I have always been fascinated by the sheer beauty and diversity in Indian culture. “Sensory overload in a glance” is an apt description of a country that is always in movement. To be able to stand still in the middle of all that movement allows me to really “see” her people and absorb the flow of life from birth to death.
From learning how to make yellow ink from cow urine to watching funeral pyres burn in Varanasi, I realized that I would have to spend a lifetime here to grasp the immense value of her art, stunning architecture, fascinating food and love of all that is beautiful.
I have never been to India, but the author does a beautiful job of bringing India to me. The colors, the hopes of the people, the way they live their lives, all of these gave me a deeper understanding of the country and its beauty. There is even one picture that made me chuckle, it is a store with a lot of false teeth/dentures for sale. I really love all the bright colors the women wear: to me it brings job to potentially a bleak situation. I enjoy seeing the pictures of dogs (and other animals) and how the dogs don’t seem to have a care in the world and are sleeping right on the street with people passing them by.
The book is diverse in the images – from nature, to the majestic buildings, the poverty in places, and the people. I think that it is very down to earth and a realistic portrayal of India and various castes.
We give this book 5 paws up and you need to pick up a copy and view the images she shares with us.
About the Author
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
“My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual.
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