In this sixt archive story by Kristian Bertel, we meet a woman in the Sadar Bazaar area of Delhi, India.
Read the background story of this archive photo by the photographer.
Visiting Delhi is a headspinning assault on the sensles, with a mind-bending array of things to see and and an aromic muddle of flowers, urine, incense, chai, fumes and frying food, all discernible in one whiff. The spice markets of Delhi ablaze with powdery piles of scarlet-red chili powder, brown masala blends andburnt-orange turmeric, as well as picles, tea and nuts.
Visiting Delhi is a headspinning assault on the sensles, with a mind-bending array of things to see and and an aromic muddle of flowers, urine, incense, chai, fumes and frying food, all discernible in one whiff. The spice markets of Delhi ablaze with powdery piles of scarlet-red chili powder, brown masala blends andburnt-orange turmeric, as well as picles, tea and nuts.

Sadar Bazaar portraiture

Delhi, with its tenacious touts and crush of mechanical and human traffic can be downright confronting and confounding for the first-time visitor. This photo is an intimate portrait of a woman in the Sadar Bazaar in Delhi, India and the sceptical woman is portrayed in Delhi more excatly near the Sadar Bazaar area of Delhi.

Photo portrait in Delhi, India
Mystery, magic, mayhem. Welcome to Delhi, City of Djinns, and 25 million people. Like an eastern Rome, India's capital is littered with the relics of lost empires. A succession of armies stormed across the Indo-Gangetic plain and imprinted their identity onto the vanquished city, before vanishing into rubble and ruin like the conquerors who preceded them. Modern Delhi is a chaotic tapestry of medieval fortifications, Mughal mausoleums, dusty bazaars, colonial-era town planning, and mega malls. Delhi is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. Legend estimates it to be over 5,000 years old. Over the millennia, Delhi is said to have been built and destroyed eleven times. The oldest alleged incarnation of the city shows up in the Indian mythological epic Mahabharata as Indraprastha.

Eyes that tell a story
When photographing the woman as you see in the picture above, the photographer used the available light in the sitaution. When portrait photographs are composed and captured in a studio, the photographer has control over the lighting of the composition of the subject and can adjust direction and intensity of light. There are many ways to light a subject's face, but there are several common lighting plans which are easy enough to describe. The light this late afternoon in Sadar Bazaar was amazing, where a soft orange tone lighten by the sun give the images an afternoon glow. The photo of the woman taken in the Sadar Bazaar area of Delhi was taken by the photographer on his first trip to India. The portrait of the woman is typical portrait photography. The portraiture or the photography of a person or group of people are displaying the expression, personality, and mood of the Kristian Bertel's subjects. Like other types of portraiture, the focus of the photograph is usually the person's face, although the entire body and the background or context may be included. "- There is a sceptism in the eyes of the woman, that draws me into the image, and I can look on the photograph again and again", the photographer says.

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 portrait of a woman in Sadar Bazaar. 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.