Loooong time between drinks on posts!! I am back in Australia after 3months away and I will get to that adventure soon. I have finally gotten a chance to go through some of the photos I have taken, albeit at 1.25am on a Tuesday morning and I came across this one.
There are photos when you travel that you know you will look back on in years to come and feel very connected with the time and place that you took it. This story is about one of those photos. I’m a sucker for animals, baby animals especially and in Varanasi, India there are plenty of them around. At this point in my trip I was travelling with fellow photographer Karina Holland. It is said that it is best to travel with another photographer when abroad because they understand your need to stop and snap away. Let me tell you, I think Karina was nearly at her wits end with my animal infatuation!!!
We had headed down to the main ghat area in Varanasi which has the famous Ganges River running along the edges. There were people everywhere – crowds upon crowds of people indicating that there was something going on. Despite the crowds and the normal human desire to “rubberneck”, all I saw were these three little puppies on the steps below. Channelling my inner Alex Cearns, of course I started to photograph them. Couldn’t resist!
Next thing I realised, Karina was nearby laughing and photographing me photographing the puppies. I couldn’t quite figure out why she was doing this, let alone laughing at me – I mean after all I had previously stopped at every other puppy along the way to no laughing. For the first time since arriving at the location I took my eye away from the camera eyepiece and took note of what was going on around me.
No more than 100-200 meters away were massive movie lights, reflectors, clapper boards, make-up artists and the like running around. The crowds had formed due to what appeared to be the filming of a fairly significant Bollywood Movie. Karina was laughing at me because I had chosen to photograph these cute little puppies over a Bollywood movie set! I guess I kinda see her point but in my defence I think my puppy photo is cuter!