Professional photographer Tim Bird shares some of his incredible pictures of India.
I’ve been fascinated by everything to do with India from about the age of 13 when I first heard the sitar being played on Beatles records. These days I’m an India addict. I’m involved with a small Finnish-based NGO, Tikau Share, which focuses on an impoverished village in the state of Odisha. This has given me the incentive to take the 6.5 hour flight from my Helsinki home to Delhi several times a year.
India is so full of unique visual surprises and such variety of light and landscape, it’s no wonder that so many photographers are drawn to it. It isn’t really a single country. Bihar in the north-east, for example, is as different from Kerala on the south-west coast as Norway is from Spain, culturally, geographically, historically. On each visit I try to visit somewhere new, so I’ll be able to spend the rest of my life exploring and photographing India.
Temple decorations in Bhuj, Gujarat
Taj Mahal in morning mist, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Ganga Aarti Rishikesh ceremony
Pushkar camel market, Rajasthan
Pilgrims at Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Marigolds at the market
Colourful ladies in line for the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Ladies bathing Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
Celebrations at Kumbh Mela, Allahabad
Traditional Kathakali performance, Kerala
Great Rann of Kutch saltpan, Gujarat
Girl dancers in Bihar
Flower and trinket vendors, Nizamuddin shrine, Delhi
Fishermen in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu
Playing cricket near the Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Children return from school, Dharamshala
Buddha's tree, Bodh Gaya, Bihar
Bihar village early in the morning
Temple flower vendor with cow, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Tricoleur doorway, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu
Explore more of India with The Rough Guide to India. Tim is leading a unique and exciting 12-day tour designed for photo-enthusiasts to Assam in northeast India in April 2016. For details, visit his website at www.timbirdphotography.com.