If you have seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire, then you are probably familiar with the vibrant colors of India. Though much of India is desolate and impoverished, there is a subtle beauty about the country that is truly undeniable. Though I have yet to visit India, I imagine bustling streets filled of rich scents and ornate attire. At least that is the kind of picture that Poras Chaudhary paints about the place.
Poras Chaudhary is an Indian freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer. He is entirely self-taught, and primarily known for his highly saturated color techniques. The collection of photographs shown below, which I found on DesiNuts, is a small sampling of what Chaudhary can accomplish with a camera. He has an eye for incredibly unique imagery, the kind that few of his peers can replicate.
If you are wondering whether Chaudhary staged these images, you can rest assured that he did not. He shot them during Holi, a popular springtime holiday that is observed in India. Also known as the Festival of Colors, Holi has medicinal underpinnings. It is believed in Hindi culture that the spring season brings viral fever and allergens. So colored dyes and powders filled with herbs are chucked back and forth during a lengthy celebration.
Holi looks like a ton of fun, not to mention a fantastic photography opportunity. Talk about living life as art. If this isn’t a reason for you to visit India next March, then I don’t know what is!