Portraiture

From a mask-maker posing in his dim-lit shop surrounded by masks to a farmer beginning to sing and dance as he gets photographed, many of my portraits are environmental portraits. I prefer the idea of people being comfortable in their space as they are photographed. I attempt to photograph people the way they want to be seen rather than how the photographer wants to see them.

“May I photograph you?” As I ask this question – either using words or by gestures – many people tend to become stiff while many others have their own pose that they prefer to be photographed in. They also come up with objects they would like to hold or to be present in the picture. The expression that follows as people see themselves on camera screen or in print is priceless.

A successful, interesting portrait to me is the one where people can express how they feel, where they are themselves. This collection is an attempt to stand true to that.

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June 2021: A farmer poses for a picture as he takes break from ploughing the field during Nepal’s rice planting festival
March 2022, Jaisalmer: A woman in Khuri village poses for a picture with water pot on hear head
August 2021, Nepal: A woman poses for a picture in Begnas lake area
August 2021, Nepal: A shaman poses for a picture by the Gosainkunda lake during Nepal’s annual shaman festival
August 2021: Two ‘sadhus’ from India photographed at Nepal’s Gosainkunda lake during the annual shaman festival
September 2021,Kathmandu: A mask maker and seller poses for a picture inside his shop
August 2021, Gosainkunda, Nepal: A Hindu priest poses for a picture by the Gosainkunda lake during his daily morning ritual
A shaman poses for a picture while participating in the shaman festival
March 2022, Jaisalmer: Camel rider and desert guide Jitu pictured with his camels
March 2021: A God man poses for a picture under Ahmedabad’s Ellisbridge
July 2021, Pokhara, Nepal: A sadhu posing for a picture in a residential neighbourhood
March 2022, Jaisalmer: A man smoking chillum
October 2022, Kolkata, India: A woman dressed for Sindur Khela ceremony during Durga Puja celebrations
October 2022, Kolkata, India: A bandwallah as he waits to join his bandmates on their way to play at a Durga Puja procession
March 2022, Jaisalmer: Vijaya Lakshmi aka Bobby poses for a picture inside her shop
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: An elderly fruit vendor at a market
March 2020, Kathmandu: A ‘sadhu’ poses for a picture
August 2019, Pokhara, Nepal: Laxmi, a young girl working with her mother in an open field, takes a break to be photographed
November 2020, Pokhara, Nepal: Portrait of a young girl who lives with her family and other people at an abandoned building
March 2019, Pokhara: A young girl wearing Krishna pendant photographed on the occasion of Holi festival
November 2020, Pokhara: A young girl posing for a picture in her festive clothes ahead of Tihar festival
Portrait of a girl at a village in Da Lat, Vietnam.
October 2018, Pushkar: A young boy at Pushkar fair ground smiles as he poses for a picture
May 2022, Ahmedabad: A Muslim boy photographed at Jama mosque on occasion of Eid al Fitra
March 2021, Ahmedabad: A young boy enjoys ‘chuski’ or shaved ice at the busy Sunday market
December 2020, Ahmedabad: A homeless boy poses for a picture with his drawings
Ram Sundar – who owns a shop called B.B.C. World in Kathmandu – poses for a picture.
November 2020: A farmer poses for a picture in Matar, some 40 KMs from Ahmedabad
March 2021, Ahmedabad: A woman at Sunday Market poses for a picture
November 2020, Pokhara: A girl and a toddler as they try to pose for a portrait
June 2021, Nepal: A farmer sings and dances during the rice planting festival
A man who is taking shelter in a sewer pipe shows his bruise and explains how he was thrown out of his house by his brothers.
August 2021, Begnas: Govinga, a fisherman, photographed on his boat after a fishing trip around the lake
April 2019, Pokhara: Portrait of a Nepali woman
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: A milkman with orange turban and big moustache smiles at camera
2018, Ajmer, Rajasthan: A milkman in colourful turban poses for a picture
October 2018, Pushkar: A ‘sadhu’ poses for a portrait at Pushkar Ghat, Rajasthan
A street vendor poses for a picture after her broken binocular is somewhat fixed by the photographer.
A woman poses for a picture
July 2018, Hoi An, Vietnam: A floating candle seller’s face lit up by candle light
A man sitting outside his house, Bardiya village, Nepal.
A woman poses for a picture in front of the Japanese Bridge in Hoi An, Vietnam.
July 2019, Pokhara: A young Nepali girl at a wedding poses for a picture
A young girl in Pokhara, Nepal poses for a picture
A girl at a wedding in Pokhara, Nepal asks to be photographed.
Girls wearing Ao Dai costume pose for a picture in Hoi An.