Holy Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura, India

I first got to know the true beauty of India in 2014 when I decided to go on an unplanned trip with some close friends. Truth is, I was more excited to be going away, taking a break and of course the camaraderie, but little did I know what was coming for me the day I set foot in India.

In the span of ten days, my friends and I had journeyed to six different cities, spending most of our times travelling from one destination to another. We had the opportunity to visit Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Delhi and Vrindavan. In the few years that I have been exploring photography, I can say it has heightened my senses remarkably – making every sight, sound, touch, smell and taste an experience incomparable .

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This came into full culmination when I got to witness the magical and captivating moments of the Holi Festival in the city of Vrindavan. It took me a second trip in 2019 to be fully prepared for this amazing festival. I would say in the perspective of a traveller, explorer and photographer, the Holi Festival is so enriching and should be on everyone’s bucket list. Being able to capture the different textures, colours and expressions is just a mind blowing experience for any photographer.

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The festival is celebrated after the full moon in the month of ‘Phalguna’, which falls anywhere between February and March. For sentimental reasons, my friends and I chose to photograph the festival in Vrindavan at the Banke Bihari Temple. The Holi Festival happens in every city in India. I would recommend for your to pick your destination and research prior to the trip. You would need to get your gear well prepared, such as covering it up with a special camera case or DIY tools, as long as you can prevent the coloured dusts from spoiling your cameras. 

For any of you wondering,  I chose to shoot with the Canon EF 35MM F1.4 and Canon EF 24MM F1.4 lens attached to my Canon 1DX MII. I chose this focal length as I’m inspired to capture the movement and portrait in a bigger scale. A43I0682A43I0071A43I0044A43I0557DSC05077A43I1479

 

“We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone”.

 

I will never forget the experience and I hope, my photos will be able to articulate the indescribable moments of the Holi Festival which I so proudly share with you today.

 

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