Kristian Bertel | Photography
Archive story
In this archive story we are portraying 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 40 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 40 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.
Kristian Bertel, Photographer By Kristian Bertel, Photographer
– Updated on March 21, 2024

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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.

What is New Delhi best known for?

New Delhi is best known as the location of India's national government. New Delhi has great historical significance as it was home to powerful people, such as the 'Paavas' and the 'Mughals'. The city has many historical monuments and tourist attractions as well as lively marketplaces and great food, such as 'Chaat'.

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 15 kilometers outside the city center is the sandstone minaret Qutb Minar, where the tower has a height of over 70 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 10 times the going price to a tourist"

Importance of national events in 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.

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.

"- 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.

One of the most beautiful and powerful ways to capture a moment
Photographing eyes can be one of the most beautiful and powerful ways to capture a moment. Not only can they reveal the emotions and feelings of the subject, but they can also be used to tell a story and lighting is key in any photograph, but especially when photographing eyes. You want to make sure that your light source is soft and diffused, as direct light can create harsh shadows and harsh highlights. Try to use a soft box or umbrella to soften the light or simply move to a location with softer lighting. When photographing eyes, you want to make sure that the focus is on the eyes themselves and you can do this by setting your camera's focus point to the center of your subject's eyes. If you are using a shallow depth of field, this will make sure that the eyes are the sharpest part of the photograph and when photographing eyes, you want to make sure that you capture the subject's gaze.

"Many photographers like to capture the eyes from a profile angle, with the subject looking slightly away from the camera and this allows the viewer to be drawn into the eyes and the emotion that is being conveyed. The background of your photograph can be just as important as the eyes themselves. You want to make sure that the background does not distract from the eyes, but also adds to the story being told. Try to use a simple and plain background, such as a plain wall or a dark background"

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 degrees 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.

See this video about New Delhi made by Hindustan Times.

The photographer's own experience of New Delhi
"- My first encounter with India was overwhelming, to say the least. The bustling streets filled with a symphony of honking horns, the vibrant markets filled with colorful textiles and spices and the delicious aroma of street food – India was a sensory overload in the best possible way. As a photographer, I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors of India. From the bright and intricately designed traditional clothing to the colorful street art, every corner of the country was a photographer's paradise. And the people, oh the people! They were equally as vibrant and welcoming, never shying away from my camera and often eager to strike a pose", the Photographer says again.

"- When processing your photograph, you want to make sure that the eyes are the focus. You can do this by bringing out the details and shadows in the eyes, as well as boosting the contrast and saturation to make the eyes stand out. Photographing eyes can be a powerful and beautiful way to capture a moment. By following these tips, you can make sure that your photographs are as powerful as they can be", the Photographer says again.

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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.