by Debra Schoenberger
I have always been fascinated by the sheer beauty and diversity in Indian culture. "Sensory overload in a glance" is an apt description of a country that is always in movement. To be able to stand still in the middle of all that movement allows me to really "see" her people and absorb the flow of life from birth to death.
From learning how to make yellow ink from cow urine to watching funeral pyres burn in Varanasi, I realized that I would have to spend a lifetime here to grasp the immense value of her art, stunning architecture, fascinating food and love of all that is beautiful.
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Through these captured moments, India comes to life in an amazing intensity, variety and beauty which can't be captured by written descriptions.
Not only are the photographs taken from various places in India--which is shown on a map toward the end of the book--but they depict a vast array of motives. Although there are several breath-taking 'landscape' pictures, most photographs grab real life moments in a simple but meaningful way. The culture, people and daily life circumstances are brought across in a pure form, allowing the reality of life in India to seep through. Many photographs invite for thought, although they portray sometimes the simplest situations.
The wide variety of emotions and circumstances surrounding the photographs make each one a treat to discover. There are always new details to discover, making this a book that can be taken in time and again. It's easy to get lost in each moment, and see the pain as well as the beauty--often more subtle than not.
While some photographs draw attention to concerning circumstances (electric wire spaghetti), most concentrate on the more simple life without rise of opinions or thoughts. The images allow the 'reader' to suck them in as they will. The collection comes across as a set of wonderfully well done travel pictures from the photographer/author. This gives it a more personal flair, and avoids the impression of having any sort of agenda. The photographs can be enjoyed in all their emotions and variety.
This is a book for all ages, since there are basically no descriptions. Even children can get lost in the reality of the pictures and gain a good feel for India and the people who live there.
And here she is. . .
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.
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