About the book: (from the author) 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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Author bio: 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.”
Genre: Non-fiction/Arts & Photography/Keepsake Volume#India as beautifully seen through the lens of #debraschoenberger. @RedheadWithBook… Click To Tweet
My take: We all have our bucket-list destinations, and India is one of mine. This book gave me a greater appreciation for this diverse country before I’ve had the chance to sample it for myself.
There’s much that draws me to India: its people, color, paradoxes, history, mystery. These and more are captured in this splendid book.
The author quotes Shashi Tharoor:
“India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.”
As I journeyed through India via these photographs, I returned to this idea time and again. It allowed me to see India in a whole new light.
I savored the beauty of the images captured here. Train stations, market scenes, temples, countryside, animals, and humans. Brown-skinned people and hennaed hands. Decaying buildings thrust up against pristine temples. Some sights made me smile, others forced a wince.
But it was Debra’s ability to capture the essence of light that drew my eye again and again, especially to the night scenes. I lingered over these, savoring the composition, the light. I could almost feel the velvety humidity on my skin.
I admired the artful composition, and the framing of each scene that brought balance and a sense of order at odds with the chaos of its subject. The crisp clarity and defined focus of the photographs made each a single work of art that told its own unique story.
Thanks to iRead Book Tours for providing me this book free of charge. All opinions are mine.
After words: What are your bucket-list destinations? Is India on your list?