Delhi & Jodhpur, India

A Scent of India

published 25. Jan. 2018 | categories asia - india - photography

Don't try to understand this country

The wedding

A humid evening on a roof terrace in Delhi. A touch of jetlag will not let me sleep on the first night in india. Somewhere in the vicinity there is screeching music or what is perceived as such due to the exotic tone sequences and the volume.

It’s a wedding, I suspect. On closer inspection, I get to know India in a first condensed version. Outstanding viewer in the dark of the night and celebrating people in the center. Here the light, the colors and the volume of the music almost seem like a border between the boxes. A synonym for the opposites that still await me?

Theres dancing and let dance. Trained dancers show their arts, transvestite representations are not uncommon. Their professionalism is measured in feminine elegance. And these dancers are so professional, you don’t even notice the difference between the sexes.

This is India, a land of contrasts, colorful and loud, intrusive exotic, marginalized and biased, poor and rich in extremes.

And then I am discovered and dragged out of the darkness into the light – or from the observer to the observed, from the photographer to the object, from the standing to the dancer …

Delhi is not waiting

The night was short. Too short for my plans to explore Delhi halfway refreshed. A quick breakfast, the Red Fort, the merchant district of Chandni Chowk with the mosque Jama Masjid and it breaks in the darkness. In the Lodhi Garden the Feierabendler recover shortly before going out. So dense and short, so full and so exhausting is a day in India that it lasts for four days.

As a photographer always watching and as a human being with ethical principles always overwhelmed you leaves a day in Delhi back baffled. When I sit back on the roof terrace, the attempt fails to classify the experience halfway. So unlike Western ways of life, this India lives, every attempt of questioning is meaningless. India does not wait, it lives on.

Prostrate Stretched

And so I leave Delhi in the direction of Jodhpur to get to know the secrets of Rajasthan. And first of all, visit Fort Mehrangarh, which for centuries was considered impregnable. A virtual tour gives an excellent insight into the exoticism of this place and its inhabitants. And their untold stories. It is almost a perfect moment of silence, enjoyment and watching. Then the weakness breaks in.

The next few days go by in flight, alternating between daylight and dark. And already I am on the return flight, exhausted, but halfway recovered from a short, violent diarrhea.

I’m pretty sure India will face a massive hygienic problem in the next few years. The tons of antibiotics that are already flooding the sewage system create multidrug-resistant germs that could be difficult to combat.

I should fight this gift from India for a few more weeks and finally defeat it. After all, I have stayed for three days of my ten days. Three days that clearly showed me the discrepancies of this subcontinent. Nowhere have I experienced the span between rich and poor, between sick and healthy, between morality and ethics, between future and past as intensively as in these three days. And nowhere is a country more colorful, mysterious and intense than this one.

So many untold stories and secrets in this scent of India.

Delhi & Jodhpur, India

A Scent of India

Don't try to understand this country

55 Bilder

Into the Colour
Into the Colour
Fort Mehrangah
Fort Mehrangah
Indian Transportation
Indian Transportation
...and declare cow as a national animal
...and declare cow as a national animal
Delhi Nights
Delhi Nights
Delhi, India, 2016
Delhi, India, 2016
Backstreet Illusion
Backstreet Illusion
Standing in the shadow
Standing in the shadow
The Wedding
The Wedding
The Wedding
The Wedding
Guests
Guests
Dancer for Money
Dancer for Money
Private Dancer
Private Dancer
Believe it
Believe it
Public interest
Public interest
Trance Dancers
Trance Dancers
Fun Of Youth
Fun Of Youth
The Red Fort
The Red Fort
Entering
Entering
The Red Dress
The Red Dress
Walking on Grass
Walking on Grass
Tired?
Tired?
Birds of the City
Birds of the City
Chandni Chawk
Chandni Chawk
Chandni Chawk
Chandni Chawk
Al Majid Moschee
Al Majid Moschee
Al Majid Moschee
Al Majid Moschee
Portrait of Prayers
Portrait of Prayers
Colours everywhere
Colours everywhere
Al Majid im Gegenlicht
Al Majid im Gegenlicht
The Pink Dot
The Pink Dot
On Delhi Roads
On Delhi Roads
Blue Hour
Blue Hour
The New India Gate
The New India Gate
Night At The India Gate
Night At The India Gate
Cooking for the Crowd
Cooking for the Crowd
Jodhpur Impression
Jodhpur Impression
Lost in the blue city
Lost in the blue city
Jodhpur, India, 2016
Jodhpur, India, 2016
Jodpur Taxi
Jodpur Taxi
jodhpur, India, 2016
jodhpur, India, 2016
Fort Mehrangah
Fort Mehrangah
Hanging on a Sting
Hanging on a Sting
Maharadscha Enters
Maharadscha Enters
Killed Wives of Maharadja
Killed Wives of Maharadja
Selfie and Wishes
Selfie and Wishes
Enter India
Enter India
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Fort Mehrangah
Fort Mehrangah
Fort Mehrangah
Fort Mehrangah
Silence of a patio
Silence of a patio
jodhpur, India, 2016
jodhpur, India, 2016
jodhpur, India, 2016
jodhpur, India, 2016
Jodhpur, India, 2016
Jodhpur, India, 2016
Clock Tower, jodhpur, India, 2016
Clock Tower, jodhpur, India, 2016

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