In this seventy-ninth archive story by Kristian Bertel, we portray a photograph of an Indian man in the city of New Delhi in India. Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Delhi is a hot, dusty city and the combination of the two may reduce visibility in the summer, where temperatures regularly top forty degrees, meaning that proper hydration is of the utmost importance as seen in this portrait of and Indian man i New Delhi. In winter there can be seasonal fog, on particularly foggy days, it can be difficult to see across the street.
Delhi is a hot, dusty city and the combination of the two may reduce visibility in the summer, where temperatures regularly top forty degrees, meaning that proper hydration is of the utmost importance as seen in this portrait of and Indian man i New Delhi. In winter there can be seasonal fog, on particularly foggy days, it can be difficult to see across the street.

New Delhi ND portraiture

New Delhi is a cosmopolitan city due to the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural presence of the vast Indian bureaucracy and political system and it is advised that travelers keep informed about the daily air quality in Delhi and this is partly because of Delhi's severe air pollution problem.

Photographs from the city of New Delhi
As a photographer and traveler in New Delhi it is remarkable to see that the city's capital status has amplified the importance of national events and holidays. National events such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi Jayanti which is Gandhi's birthday are celebrated with great enthusiasm in New Delhi and the rest of India. On India's Independence Day on August 15th the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from the Red Fort. Most Delhiites celebrate the day by flying kites, which are considered a symbol of freedom.

"Getting around in New Delhi is always an adventure. Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers will think nothing of quoting ten times the going price to a tourist"

Best way to travel is via metro, where there are separate cabins for women that prove to be very useful during rush hour. Metro is clean, efficient, and typically ridden by relatively affluent middle-class students or commuters en route to or from work, there is almost nowhere in the city that you cannot get to by metro or take a walk at Connaught Place also known as the CP, which is the heart of New Delhi and it is now called Rajiv Chowk. The British-designed colonial equivalent of a shopping mall, it's laid out in two concentric rings divided into blocks, all bursting with shops and lots of pampered pigeons waddling about. Long neglected, the area received a major shot in the arm after the opening of the major Metro junction of Rajiv Chowk under it and it's going more upmarket by the day.

Between prominence and poverty
As India's capital city and the home of executive, legislative and judiciary branches of the Government of India. Delhi is a large metropolis with strengths in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence. Be careful, there are plenty of well-organized hustlers trying to trick you to take a riksha ride to places where you can supposedly do cheaper and better shopping. At the centre is a small but pleasant park, while on one edge is the notorious Palika Bazaar, an underground den of cheap wares, many pirated or smuggled from overseas and the area is surrounded by tall office buildings on nearly all sides.

Are the eyes the mirror of the soul?
While portraying a lot of Indian people the photographer believes that one can see feelings in the eyes. Sadness can be obvious and joy tends to shine right through. The eyes can tell you if a student is enjoying what being transmitted or just merely trying not to fall asleep. The eyes of the theif are weary and tend to move in all directions at once. A liar will not look you straight in the eyes, while he is laying, for fear that you might see right through him. Your mom immediately knows what you are feeling just by looking into your eye and she is the only one in the world who can do that and it is difficult to hide your feelings, thoughts and emotions when someone looks at your eyes. It is rare to see our own qualities in our eyes, because our attention is more identified with the mind and ego and not our soul qualities and it is a problem of duality in consciousness. An enlightened or aware person would feel this energy in varying degree’s within them. There are actual scientific evaluations for eye movement, for instance, if someone is lying, they will look in a certain direction.
In portrait photography, the best things that attract the most are eyes of the person who is getting photographed. Eyes say a lot of stories and this is the main beauty of portrait photography. Showing the facial expression is one of the key things of portrait photography and portray only face photos to show the expressions of the subjects through photographs. "- Much of Delhi is quite pedestrian-hostile so it is a good place for portrait photography. Distances are long, road signage is poor and in the more tourist oriented areas, you'll be constantly accosted by beggars and touts. Crossing roads often involves wading across multiple lanes of heavy traffic. Try your best to move in a predictable straight line, so vehicles can weave around you", the Photographer says.

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More archive stories

India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of an Indian man in New Delhi. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.