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
New Delhi, inhabited mainly by Hindus, lies in the north of the country and together with the Dehli district, has about 17.5 million inhabitants. New Delhi and Delhi form a single entity and are usually grouped together under the name Dehli and New Dehli has only about 400,000 inhabitants. It is still a young and thus very modern city, whereas Delhi with its old centuries-old city center and many sights attract many tourists. About fifteen kilometers outside the city center is the sandstone minaret Qutab Minar, where the tower has a height of over seventy meters and is the actual landmark of Delhi. Many sights, such as the mosque Jama Masjid, are located in the area of the old town, where the big bazaar district is located. In general, Dehli is characterized by a mixture of modern buildings and buildings from the colonial period. East of the old city center is La Quieda, one of the largest buildings in the city and the complex consists of several units, which are skilfully set in the evening by a light show.
Rajpath, a popular attraction for history
In the southern part of the city is the mausoleum of Humayun, in the middle runs the royal promenade Rajpath, which extends from the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the west to the monument India Gate in the east. All these are buildings that reflect the diversity of culture and are popular attractions for tourists from all over the world as silent witnesses of history. Districts in Delhi are Chanakyapuri, North and South Shahdara, Dwarka, Rohini, Narela, Bawana, Okhla, Gurgaon, Noida, Sahibabad, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Najafgarh, Mehrauli, Delhi Cantonment, Jasola, Asola, Janak Puri, Vikas Puri, Mayur Vihar, Mahipal Pur, Ali Pur, Bijwasan and Barwala.
"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"
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. 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 is 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 is 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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