I have said this often, I am not too keen on street photography. I am quite scared of clicking people. And yet I am fascinated by it too. On this trip to Kashmir, I met fellow blogger Siddhartha Joshi. We went on a small walk by the Dal Lake in Srinagar. The guy knows no fear while photographing people! Some of his enthusiasm rubbed off on me too, and I present to you in this post Kashmiri Men, no less!
Not only Siddharta photographs people, he talks to them as well, showing them the images. I am not sure if I will try this again unless I have intrepid company like Siddhartha’s but I am tempted. After all, street photography is so rewarding only if I could muster up the courage!
I will admit once again, I chickened out and used a 75-300 mm zoom to take these pictures, no way I was going to step closer to click people. Standing by a shikara was this Kashmiri man, quite engrossed in his own thoughts. He never gave any acknowledgements even if he figured out that I was taking his pictures. I like such men, why make a fuss if someone is clicking your picture? And why make a fuss when she is already so scared!
He was talking normally on his phone when he spotted me executing my antics. He was really nice about it, he started laughing and never gave any signs that he would shoo me off! Now I need to remember such incidents the next time when I am hesitating to click people pictures! I liked the way he kept a tea pot with him, after all he had to go through a long day!
This man was waiting patiently for something/someone with his shopping by his side. He too probably did not figure out I was clicking him or else like the person in the first picture decided to ignore it completely. I moved on after a while, I hope his wait was a short one.
After walking for a while Siddhartha and I stopped at his tea stall to have a cup of tea. He asked us how much sugar we wanted in our tea and expected our answer ‘kaam chini’ or less sugar. I asked him if I could click his picture and he readily agreed. As you can see he was not camera conscious!
We spotted him sitting with a group of men by the lake. After clicking the pictures, Siddhartha went to him and said, see how handsome you look, quite like Hrithik Roshan! I also told him, ‘darte darte meine bhi eak kincha hai’ (even though I was scared I too clicked a picture of yours!). He smiled at me too.
But the best was a man sleeping in his shikara, I stood quite confidently and started clicking. As I was about to press the button he made a V sign! We both had a good laugh at it! I didn’t click him any more.
So, thank you Siddhartha for talking me along on this walk and for the tea. It was fun actually and I think I should muster up all my courage and try it more!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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