INDIA, Taj Mahal 1972 / 73

India, Taj Mahal ... Nepal, Kathmandu ...  1972 / 73


These photos are from my first great journey in the 1970s ... from Amsterdam, Holland, via France, Austria, Italy, Jugoslavia, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Persia (Iran), Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal ... and back, in a Landrover. 

We - my travelling companion Saskia and myself - were about a week near Agra ... spending a lot of time in the Taj Mahal. The 'pink' photos were taken very early in the morning, before sunrise.

Close by was a community of Sadhus (holy men), very friendly, but also very savvy. Their leader, who took me around to take these photos, counted every time I clicked the shutter and sure enough, at the end I was asked for a 'donation', according not only to how many photos I took, but he also asked, "black & white or colour?" On this epic journey I photographed with Nikon cameras and lenses between 20mm and 1000mm (the marvellous mirror lens).

The most astonishing aspect of my 'great journey' is how few photographs I took, seeing I am a photographer. Frankly, I was stunned by what I saw and it seemed so trivial to bring the camera out and take pictures. From the same trip see also photos from Afghanistan and Kathmandu & Nepal.

Agra and the Taj Mahal

Kathmandu and Nepal