Pongal Festival : India

Was travelling on a motorbike in South India when I came across this fantastic local festival in the middle of nowhere. Pongala is a Hindu religious festival. The name ‘Pongala’ means ‘to boil over’ and refers to the ritualistic offering of porridge made of rice, sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins. Generally women devotees participate in this ritual.

Wool Kids Mirzapur India. Making of Carpet

India, turn of the century Photograph was taken in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh,India, on an old pentax 35mm bang around camera. The  hamlet helped me make a carpet. The studio was right at the back of this lane and the temperature sometimes reached 48 degrees Celsius.      

3 Monkeys

Langur Monkeys as seen from my studio. Udaipur, Rajasthan, India , 2000 Photograph was taken on a 35 mm camera. More at www.eclecticlens.com