Rajasthan is perhaps the quintessential travel photographer’s paradise: camel drivers with brilliant red turbans, entire neighborhoods painted deep blue, and extravagantly ornate golden palaces and ancient temples.
Join David Samuel Robbins for an epic two-week photographic expedition, exploring India’s most visually vibrant and culturally fascinating region. We spend 11 days touring Rajasthan, and then travel to the nearby state of Uttar Pradesh for the highlight of our journey—two days attending the world-famous Holi Festival.
Known as the “Festival of Colors” or “Festival of Love,” Holi is an ancient Hindu religious ritual that marks the arrival of springtime, the victory of good over evil, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest.
Holi is celebrated in the streets and temples throughout India—but nowhere with more public passion and spectacle than the towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, where legend says Lord Krishna (the God of Love) was born and raised. For this brief time, all of India’s social distinctions of class, wealth, and caste are put aside, and everyone is joyfully dousing each other with brilliantly colored powders, water guns, and water balloons. The photographic possibilities here are endless.
Our in-depth Rajasthan itinerary also includes explorations of the cities of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bundi and Jaipur. We spend 13 nights in premium class hotels and an evening in a luxury tented camp in the Thar Desert, where we experience a camel ride excursion in to the dunes for sunset.
David guides you in strategies to go beyond (and get below) Rajasthan’s gorgeous, exotic surfaces as you advance your skills in classic street photography, intimate environmental portraiture, and creative alternatives to the standard-issue travelogue.
In his instruction, David prioritizes aesthetic issues over purely technical considerations. He provides frequent informal demonstrations in the field and, through evening slide shows, shares the work of world-class documentary, fine art, and travel photographers. In open discussions, we evaluate this work to consider ways we can adapt some of these artists’ ideas and techniques to our own styles.
“The central challenge for today’s travel photographers is to develop a distinctive, personal style of visually representing their experiences,” states David, “And to somehow return home with images that transcend predictable clichés, having created a stylistically unique and consistent body of work that comments as much about the artist’s individuality as about their subject matter”.