Christopher Halliday reveals a host of free or cut-price activities in India telling us his stories through these beautiful photos and how to travel in India alone.
Tuk Tuk Driver
I took this picture within the first few days of arriving in India. For a fixed fee, this tuk tuk driver took me around the local historical spots and then to a nice restaurant for a typical serving of Thali. At the end of the day, he agreed to have his picture taken. This composition highlights the driver without cutting out the vital details of the iconic taxi vehicle.
Family in Mumbai Slum
During a wander in the central Mumbai streets, I entered this single dead- end street, of a residential slum. At first I was slowly greeted by people in the street. Then I was taken to a courtyard and fed a three course meal. After, I was taken to visit the shrine of a young local boy to pay my respects. Over the next three days, I would return and photograph the residents.
In this, and many slums, the mothers and grandmothers sat in the street to watch over the children while the men worked. Here sits what may be three generations of family together, chatting and minding each other. A young boy shows his mother a funny video on the borrowed smartphone of a friend. A makeshift house stands behind them.
Senior Motorcycle Mechanic
The man partially visible on the left led me around the slum to photograph several people of importance to him. This Mechanic was one such man and I believed him to be his father. This mechanic was unusually stoic for a city dweller. He waited patiently still, silently holding my gaze as I photographed him while the younger men in the background looked on, somewhat more perplexed and agitated.
Women walking through Hampi Ruins
The sun was setting over the ancient ruins of the kingdom of Hampi. At the top of a hill, I looked back and saw two women out on a social errand. I quickly prepared the camera as best I could and managed to take a single shot before I lost the two figures completely in the shadows. Months later when the picture was developed, I discovered that I had managed to take a wonderful picture. It is one of my favorites.
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