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!
31 thoughts on “Kashmiri Men”
Awesome shots Mridula! All of them 🙂
Thank you Siddharth and thanks to you 😀
And our Hrithik Roshan actually is very good looking! 🙂
For sure Siddhartha all due to my walking with you!
Siddhartha Joshi – your blog homepage design is fantastic. Cool it is.
Thanks so much Tushar 🙂
Brilliant captures all!!
Thank you Deepak.
So many lovely faces! Well done.
Thank you Lady Fi, Kashmiri men are good looking for sure!
The eyes in some of these shots are so telling!
Thank you Beloo.
Each face has a story beneath them. Good Capture
Thank you Avinash, yes however incomplete the story maybe, they do eem to be telling a story!
Great shots! I too like to click people, but, scared a lot… Hope to gather some courage hereafter after reading your wonderful experience 🙂
The Arts & Me
Me too, it was because of the excellent company that I had I could do this!
Anyway…tried something new to make it sensible pics.
Ha ha 😀
Faces and Feelings !!!
Good Day 🙂
Thank you Veena.
Hoping and expect something new , amazing , unique, brilliant from your camera
Thank you Yogi 😀
Hats off to you Mridula. I’m reblogging this on my divorced doodling blog. These hunks will cheer up a lot of my women readers 🙂
Thank you Kalpanaa 😀
Mridula ji, Nice photos
Thank you Rupam.
I can understand how much courage it must have taken to so street photography in India 😀 You did awesome job 😀 All well clicked.
Twinkle Eyed Traveller
Rajlakshmi I have taken pictures before as well but it was easier as I had a fellow blogger with me!
some handsome kashmiri men ..
you doing punjabi men sometime .. i would like to volunteer ha ha haha although i hope you insure your camera 🙂