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This is a Fatehpur Sikri news photo from India.
Young woman in Fatehpur Sikri, India submitted to the 'Beautiful Destinations' photo assignment with National Geographic.


Beautiful destinations, on assignment with Nat Geo
The photographer has contributed to the National Geographic Your Shot photo community with an assignment called 'Beautiful Destinations'. You may have heard the phrase, "It's about the journey, not the destination". Well for this assignment Nat Geo are flipping that sentiment around and having it be all about the destination. For some, the summer season is when we spend time with our friends in familiar places that we come back to year after year. For others, its a time for new locations and faces, the undiscovered places. Whichever it may be, the two editors want us to share your beautiful destinations with Nat Geo. The photographer chose to submit a photograph of a young woman he has photographed in India. Beauty is a characteristic of an animal, idea, object, person or place that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, culture, social psychology and sociology. An 'ideal beauty' is an entity which is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture, for perfection. The experience of 'beauty' often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being. Because this can be a subjective experience, it is often said that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. There is evidence that perceptions of beauty are evolutionarily determined, that things, aspects of people and landscapes considered beautiful are typically found in situations likely to give enhanced survival of the perceiving human's genes.
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This is a Jodhpur news photo from India.
Jodhpur by night is among the many popular photos on the photographer's Facebook page.


36,000+ and counting on Facebook
People all over the world visit Facebook to connect with friends, family and things that interest them including Kristian Bertel | Photography. The photographers page has grown steadily over the years and has now reaches the 36,000 milestone. And the photography page which primarily showcases some of his photos from India can help him market his audience for travel photography and it is a place where visitors of the page can learn about the Indian culture and portrait photography. Kristian's audience may also see the things that he has promoted in News Feed, which is the constantly updating list of stories on Facebook. And best of all, his page has gained a lot of interaction and helps people find travel related photos on Facebook on and the web. The Facebook page makes it easy for the photographer's audience to learn about his photographs and the stories from India.
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This is a Mumbai news photo from Maharashtra in India.
Man in Mumbai, India is sleeping in the Oval Maidan, which is a park in Mumbai, India.


50 Photographs from India - BuzzFeed
Kristian Bertel has published his fourth post on BuzzFeed, this time with a selection of 50 photographs from India. In this blog post the photographer is focusing solemnly on Mumbai in India, showing a variety of scenes from this bustling city. Traditional Indian society is sometimes defined by social hierarchy. The Indian caste system embodies much of the social stratification and many of the social restrictions found in the Indian subcontinent. Social classes are defined by thousands of endogamous hereditary groups, often termed as jātis, or castes. India declared untouchability to be illegal in 1947 and has since enacted other anti-discriminatory laws and social welfare initiatives. At the workplace in urban India and in international or leading Indian companies, the caste related identification has pretty much lost its importance. BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment website, which provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 100 million people.
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This is a Mumbai news photo from Maharashtra in India.
Alley in Mumbai, India is a photo by the photographer which was selected as one of the 12 best photos of the day.


Daily Dozen on National Geographic Magazine
Kristian Bertel's photo of an elderly Indian woman walking in an alley in Mumbai, has been selected and featured for the Daily Dozen on the online edition of National Geographic Magazine. Family values are important in the Indian tradition, and multi-generational patriarchal joint families have been the norm in India, though nuclear families are becoming common in urban areas. An overwhelming majority of Indians, with their consent, have their marriages arranged by their parents or other family members. Every day, the National Geographic editors select their 12 favorite photos recently uploaded to Your Shot. Nat Geo members of the National Geographic Your Shot photo community can then afterwards vote for their favorite photograph, which can be published in National Geographic Magazine. On the link below you can see all the daily selected photos for that day.
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This is a Mumbai news photo from Maharashtra in India.
Boy in Mumbai, India is one of the many new photographs taken by the photographer.


Returning from Mumbai and Maharashtra, India
Kristian Bertel have just returned from India where he has visited several photographic places in the Maharashtra province of India. Spending almost fourteen days in Mumbai alone gave the photographer an insight view of the everyday life in this populated city, which some say is the home for nearly 25 million people. The photograph that you can see above is a portrait of a boy in Mumbai, who on his bare feet earned for the day by making artistic performences with his hat. For much of human history and across different cultures, children less than seventeen years old have contributed to family welfare in a variety of ways. Poverty is the big cause of child labour and the photographer also notes that in rural and impoverished parts of developing and undeveloped parts of the world, children have no real and meaningful alternative. Schools and teachers are unavailable. Child labour is the unnatural result. Similarly it also conclude that poverty and inadequate public education infrastructure are some of the causes of child labour in India. Kristian is currently busy editing photos, and most of his new photographs are first published on his 'Showcase of Your Shot - National Geographic Magazine' blog.
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This is a Jodhpur photo from Rajasthan in India.
The blue city of Jodhpur, India is portrayed by the photographer in a new blog post online.


Glimpses of India - Featured on Happy Tripping
Happy Tripping has featured me in a blog post called 'Glimpses of India', which display five of my photos from India. Happy Tripping is a travel community, where travelers can share their travel moments and map their journeys from all over the world. The website both have a journey section where people describe their own journeys and a magazine section, where my blog post has been featured. Jodhpur is an historic city and the origin dates to the year 1459 AD when it was founded by Rao Jodha, the Rajput chieftan of the Rathores. The Rathore kingdom was also known as the Marwar and was the largest in Rajputana. The city was built as the new capital of the state of Marwar to replace the ancient capital Mandore, the ruins of which can be seen near what is now the Mandore Gardens. The people of Jodhpur and surrounding areas are hence also commonly called as Marwaris. Jodhpur is also known as the 'Blue City', and has its name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue. This is particularly noticeable on the north side of the town, known as Brahmpuri for the many Brahmins that live there. The forts and palaces, temples and havelis, culture and tradition, spices and fabrics, color and texture, a booming handicrafts industry, all add up to make this historic city worth a visit.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from Uttar Pradesh in India.
Man in Varanasi, India is making dung of cows, which is used in Hindi religious fire yajna as an important ingredient.


31 Pictures of Indian Culture by Kristian Bertel - BuzzFeed
Kristian Bertel has published his third post on BuzzFeed, this time with a selection of 31 pictures from India. The photo above is from Varanasi in the Uttar Pradesh state of India. The city is sacred to Hindus and Jains and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with settlements dating back to the 11th century BC. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation/nirvana and so they make the trip to the city when they realize that they are close to death. For some, the culture shock of the burning corpses in plain view and the feces overflowing from the Ganges can be a bit overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganga at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. The city can be scorchingly hot in the summer months so, if possible, time your visit to fall between October and March, and bring something warm to wear for chilly days and nights, instead. BuzzFeed is the social news and entertainment website, which provides the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment and video across the social web to its global audience of 100 million people.
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This is a Pushkar news photo from Rajasthan in India.
Rajasthani man in Pushkar, India photographed at the Main Marget Rd in the evening by the photographer.


Culture of Rajasthan, India | A Photographer's Journey
Kristian is featured in a photo blog post on the travel site The Culture Trip with an article about Rajasthan. Rajasthan, the land of kings in the northwest of India, is the largest state in the Republic of India by area. Rajasthan is famously known as the land of the Maharajas, where forts and palaces still remain as a mark of the royal lifestyle of the Maharajas. This desert landscaping province is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of life. The Culture Trip showcases the best art, culture, food and travel for every country in the world. They are passionate about bringing you compelling content, curated by a global community of writers, videographers and photographers. In just a few years, their audience has grown to more than 3 million monthly readers and nearly 1 million social media followers.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from Uttar Pradesh in India.
Man in Varanasi, India waiting for the train at the Varanasi Junction.


Akshayapatra - Kristian Bertel | Photography
Kristian Bertel | Photography is now presenting his new slideshow called 'Akshayapatra'. From the blue city of Jodhpur to the streets of Delhi in India, see these pictures from India by photographer Kristian Bertel. A slideshow may be a presentation of images purely for their own visual interest or artistic value, sometimes unaccompanied by description or text, or it may be used to clarify or reinforce information, ideas, comments, solutions or suggestions which are presented verbally. Slideshows are sometimes still conducted by a presenter, just like the photographer.
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This is a Pushkar news photo from Rajasthan in India.
Rajasthani woman in Pushkar, India is among the photos published in the International Traveller Magazine.


Published in the International Traveller Magazine
Kristian Bertel's photos and photographic work has been published in the January/February 2014 issue of the International Traveller Magazine, a magazine published by Australian Traveller Media. International Traveller Magazine is a magazine for Australians heading overseas, using the same values of quality editorial and independent reviews that made the original Australian Traveller Magazine the most trusted travel magazine in Australia.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from Uttar Pradesh in India.
Woman in Varanasi, India, a photo taken by the photographer in Uttar Pradesh, India.


Raveendhran slideshow is now online
Kristian Bertel | Photography is presenting his new slideshow called 'Raveendhran'. The slideshow is focusing on India's culture and heritage, which both are a rich amalgam of the past and the present. This vast country offers the visitor a view of fascinating religions and ethnography, a vast variety of languages with more than 438 living languages, and monuments that have been present for thousands of years. As it opens up to a globalised world, India still has a depth of history and intensity of culture that awes and fascinates the many who visit there. Despite the weakening of the caste system, which has officially been outlawed by the Indian government, India remains a fairly stratified society. Indians care more about a person's background and position in society than is the norm in the individualist West. This attitude, when combined with the legacy of colonial rule, results in some rather interesting, if unfortunate consequences. People with white skin are placed high on the societal totem pole, and they may find that Indians are obsequious towards them to the point of embarrassment. People with dark skin, however may find that they are discriminated against. If it is any consolation, Indians display similar prejudices based on skin color and ethnicity among themselves and not just towards foreigners.
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This is a Deshnok news photo from Uttar Pradesh in India.
An elderly woman in the Karni Mata Temple in Deshnok, India.


Announcing the Ashanka slideshow
A new slideshow is now online on Kristian Bertel | Photography. India is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. India is the birthplace of four of the world's major religions namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. Throughout India's history, religion has been an important part of the country's culture. A slide show is a presentation of a series of still images on a projection screen or electronic display device, typically in a prearranged sequence. The changes may be automatic and at regular intervals or they may be manually controlled by a presenter or the viewer. Slideshows originally consisted of a series of individual photographic slides projected onto a screen with a slide projector. When referring to the video or computer-based visual equivalent, in which the slides are not individual physical objects, the term is often written as one word, slideshow.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from Uttar Pradesh in India.
Portrait, India.


Today's photograph is from Varanasi, India
The photograph of an Indian man is photographed by Kristian Bertel in Varanasi, India. India is also a country of numerous rivers. Several of them are traditionally considered holy, but especially the Ganges, locally known as Ganga, which brings life to the Indian Plains, India's breadbasket, and is not just an impressive body of water but a centre of ritual ablutions, prayer and cremation. There are several holy cities along the river that have many temples, but they are often less places of pilgrimage to specific temples than holy cities whose temples have grown because of the ghats, which are steps leading down to the holy river and most interesting to visit for the overall experience of observing or partaking in the way of life and death along the river. Foremost among these holy cities is Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where some 5,000-year-old rituals are still practiced, other cities worth visiting to experience the Ganges include Rishikesh and Haridwar, much further upstream. Please like Kristian Bertel | Photography on Facebook to stay updated with his latest travels, news and photography.
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This is a Varanasi photo from Uttar Pradesh in India.
Man in Varanasi, India.


Street Photography in India | AamSabha.com
Kristian Bertel is featured in an article on AamSabha.com - A new site that provides a platform as the next generation way of expressing yourself truely. Aam sabha means general meeting. People meet daily and they talk about the most important issues of life, and the site wants to provide a place where everyone is able to express his own views. In Asian countries when a leader speech to public, these meetings are also known as AamSabha.
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This is a Thar Desert photo from Rajasthan in India.
Indian girl in the Great Indian Desert, India.


Facebook page has received ♥ ♥ ♥ 20,000 ♥ ♥ ♥
Kristian has through a two-year period received 20,000 likes on his photography page on Facebook. Since he started his photography page on Facebook, the photos have been in focus. Along with his comprehensive amount of daily photo tips, the page is now also presented with more stories from India! The Facebook community is a good way for valuable feedback and it is a great showcase platform for photographers. Kristian Bertel | Photography is in your News Feed if you have liked the page. The photography page highlights information that includes new photos, photo tips among other updates. News Feed also shows conversations taking place between the photographers photos.
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This is a Udaipur news photo from Rajasthan in India.
Man in Udaipur, India.


Today's photograph is from Udaipur, India
The photograph of a man in India is taken a late afternoon by Kristian Bertel in Udaipur, India. The city of Udaipur is also sometimes called 'The City of Lakes'. Udaipur has received a rich cultural heritage from the bygone ages. The lakes, temples, huge forts and palaces boast about the rich legacy of this city. The city has kept a balance between preserving the rituals and traditions of the past while keeping up with the modern advancements and changes in lifestyle. Like any other place in the state of Rajasthan, folk dance and music have an important place in adding to the city's cultural richness. The dynamic and vibrant dances of Bhavai, Ghoomar, Kachchhi Ghodi, Kalbeliya and Terahtaali add a sparkle to the rich cultural heritage of Udaipur. Please follow Kristian Bertel on Twitter to stay updated with his latest news.
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This is a Delhi news photo from India.
Sikh in Delhi, India.


Today's photograph is from Delhi, India
The photograph of a sikh is taken by Kristian Bertel in an alley in Delhi, India. More than half of the population of Delhi lives in slums and unauthorised colonies, leaving only twentyfive percent people in planned areas. Delhi has the second largest slum population after Mumbai in India. Many of the slums in Delhi are denied even the basic services. The majority of the slums do not have even basic facilities like running water and electricity. Almost fiftyfive percent uses community toilets which are very dirty and due to this many communicable diseases arise from the area and spread out. Please follow Kristian Bertel on Twitter to stay updated with his latest news.
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This is a Pushkar news photo from India.
Woman in blue, India.


People of Rajasthan::Rajasthan
Kristian has contributed to the Indian encyclopedia eSamskriti, where he showcases 12 selected photos which depict people of Rajasthan. The site seeks to provide its viewers with a deeper understanding of India, Indians and all things Indian. In the photo gallery people can take a virtual tour across the wondrous beauty, cultural richness and historical splendour of India. For travelers it seeks to capture India for eternity. In this way eSamskriti hopes to reconnect Indians with their country's heritage. Contrary to common perception, a large percentage of women in India work. However, there are far fewer women than men in the paid workforce. In urban India, women participate in the workforce in impressive numbers. The woman in the picture is wearing a light blue sari. Red is most favored color for wedding saris and are traditional garment choice for brides in Indian culture. Women traditionally wore various types of regional handloom sarees made of silk, cotton, ikkat, block-print, embroidery and tie-dye textiles. Most sought after brocade silk sarees are Banasari, Kanchipuram, Paithani, Mysore, Uppada, Bagalpuri, Balchuri, Maheshwari, Chanderi, Mekhela, Ghicha, Narayan pet and Eri etc. are traditionally worn for festive and formal occasions.
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This is a Pushkar news photo from Rajasthan in India.
Woman waiting for the bus, India.


Kristian Bertel joins Colourbox as a supplier
Kristian's images are now also shown on Colourbox, a stock photo company in Denmark. Cotton was domesticated in India by fourthousand years ago. Traditional Indian dress varies in color and style across regions and depends on various factors, including climate and faith. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as the sari for women and the dhoti or lungi for men. Stitched clothes, such as the shalwar kameez for women and kurta-pyjama combinations or European-style trousers and shirts for men, are also popular. Use of delicate jewellery, modelled on real flowers worn in ancient India, is part of a tradition dating back some 5,000 years gemstones are also worn in India as talismans. At Colourbox they do their best to make it as easy as possible for their customers to find and download royalty-free materials. They offer 5 million+ images and videos which can be used worldwide, online and offline. Once an image has been used in a creative design or product, the usage right never expires. Customers can buy just one single download, or they can choose one of our subscriptions if they have bigger image needs.
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This is a Jaisalmer news photo from India.
Man in Jaisalmer, India, a photo by the photographer participates in the contest.


Wire India - Photo competition
Kristian participates in Wire India's photo competition with a photo from Jaisalmer.
Wire India is a London and Jaipur based travel company, designing opulent adventures in Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. The winner of Wire India's photo competition will get an incredible 14-day luxury adventure tour in India. And on top of that, when you share a link to this competition, or share an entry via Facebook, Twitter or Google+, it counts towards a donation to children's literacy charity Katha Children's Trust. Katha is a a children's literacy charity providing low-cost reading materials and educational support to underprivileged communities throughout India. So see the photo and start voting.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from India.
Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, India is among the many photos by the photographer showcased on a blog.


Your Shot - National Geographic Magazine
My photos to 'Your Shot' in National Geographic Magazine are now showcased on my blog, where the photos are shown in a large format. In the photo above the daily life puzzles at the Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, India. Dasaswamedh Ghat is one of the oldest and the holiest Ghats of Varanasi. The photo above can be seen in rich detail on my blog.
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This is a Mandawa news photo from India.
Woman making bracelets in Mandawa, India.


INDIA - Portraits of People - Interview - JPG
Mandawa is a town in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan in India. It is part of Shekhawati region. Rajasthan, recognized by its Royal heritage is a prominent and well-established craft industry. Craft remains a tradition in Rajasthan, preserved over centuries by the stronghold of the Royal Rajput family. Within the craft industry are smaller occupations. These include, fabric colouration and embellishment, decorative painting and puppetry. Craft workers see this not as an occupation, but rather a mark of respect to their heritage. In the process of fabric colouration, woven fabrics are treated by methods such as tie-dyeing, resist dyeing and direct application. The dupatta worn by women show the popularity of dyeing. In 2008, traditional Jodhpur garments inspired designer Raghavendra Rathore's collection, Rathore Jodhpur. Fabric dyeing belongs to the Chippa caste of Rajasthan. Fabrics are embellished with mirror embroidery, symbolic to Rajasthan and wooden beading once dyed. The trend of mirror embroidery is also visible on dupattas in Punjab, known as the phulkari. Decorative patterns adorn all surfaces in Rajasthan. Interiors of homes are painted with floral motifs, similar bindi, dotted designs are seen on garments. The clipped camel is unique to Rajasthan. In this, patterns are imprinted on the hide of the camel, taken place during the Pushkar and Nagaur festivals by the Rabari caste. Kristian's images have been shown as photo essays online documenting many aspects of the daily life particularly in India. Kristian shares his thoughts on portrait photography in this interview on JPG Magazine.
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This is a Jaisalmer news photo from India.
Indian schoolchildren in Jaisalmer, India.


Jaisalmer Billede | National Geographic
Every month National Geographic Nordic runs their monthly photo competition. The winner gets their picture in National Geographic and receives a beautiful certificate. This month Kristian has submitted his photo of Indian schoolchildren in Jaisalmer. "- When I was browsing through my photo set of Jaisalmer, I suddenly stopped at the photo showing the intimacy of this everyday life moment, where two Indian schoolchildren are walking in an alley of Jaisalmer. At first, I thought about cropping the photo because there was much space above the children. But I decided to keep the photo uncropped, in order to give the impression, that the children are a small intimate group in the surroundings."
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This is a Jaisalmer news photo from Rajasthan in India.
An Indian man takes a walk in Jaisalmer, India.


Jaisalmer Photo - Focal Press Photography Contest
Kristian is participating in the Focal Press Photography Contest with a photo from Jaisalmer. Unlike Jaipur and Jodhpur, with populations in the millions, Jaisalmer is very much a tourist town, with a population of about 80,000. In fact, a significant portion of the population is only there in the tourist season, four months out of the year. The rest of the time they go off to find work in larger towns in Rajasthan. Thus you can expect to see that the inhabitants are very intent on selling you things. As anywhere in India, try to stay calm and not get irritated, as getting angry never helps the situation. Keep in mind that they can also be extremely friendly, chatty, and genuinely helpful, so be positive when in the city and have a good time. The theme for the August contest is 'travel' sponsored by Focus On Travel Photography by Haje Jan Kamps, a professional photographer and freelance writer living in the UK. Haje has written all kinds of photography books.
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This is a Udaipur news photo from Rajasthan in India.
An Indian girl is looking out a bus window in Udaipur, India.


Udaipur Billede | National Geographic
I'm honored to be among the finalist in the monthly National Geographic Nordic photo contest with a picture from Udaipur. Udaipur, with its picturesque landscape, lakes, and historic palaces and architecture, is a major destination for most tourists, both domestic and foreign nationals visiting the state. With numerous hotels to serve visiting tourists, Udaipur is home to some of the world's most renowned and the country's best luxury hotels and resorts. With various other renowned hotel chains present in the city, the tourism sector has been a fairly large contributor to the economic growth and fame of Udaipur. The winner gets their picture in National Geographic and receives a beautiful certificate.
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This is a Delhi news photo from India.
A cow passes by a small group of Indian children in Delhi, India, a photo that is participating in the Traveler Photo Contest on National Geographic.


Delhi Picture - Traveler Photo Contest 2012 - National Geographic
Kristian participates in the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest with a picture from Delhi. Last year nearly 13,000 images were submitted from all over the world. The pictures captured an assortment of the places, wildlife, and people that make traveling memorable, evoking a sense of delight, discovery or both. Delhi Picture is submitted in the category Sense of Place. Much of Delhi is quite pedestrian-hostile. Distances are long, road signage is poor, and in the more tourist oriented areas, you will be constantly accosted by beggars and touts. Crossing roads often involves wading across multiple lanes of heavy traffic. Try your best to move in a predictable straight line, so vehicles can weave around you. Better yet, latch onto a group of locals and cross in their shadow.
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This is a Delhi news photo from India.
Photo of a boy in Delhi, India is among the many photos by the photographer on TotallyCoolPix.


In The Picture >> TotallyCoolPix
Kristian is displaying 15 selected photos from his Indian series in a feature on TotallyCoolPix. In The Picture category gives photgraphers with a passion the opportunity to showcase their work to thousands around the globe. Many of the photos that are presented in the blog post are from Rajasthan. This region has some of the country's most popular destinations. In Rajasthan, the desert forts of Jaisalmer and the magnificent sand-dunes evoke all the romance and splendour of its princely past. Most people speak Rajasthani dialects, Hindi and sometimes broken English. In tourist places like Jaipur and Jodhpur, you will find trained English and French guides too. You may not be able to understand some people due to the dialect that they speak and at times, they may add words from these dialects while speaking Hindi. This does not mean that they are unable to understand you. In Rajasthan, Hindi is universally understood whereas English is spoken among the educated. Bear in mind that Rajasthani languages are more likely to be spoken by older people rather than younger people.
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This is a Ranakpur news photo from Rajasthan in India.
Ranakpur shepherd in Rajasthan, a photo by the photographer that made it as photo of the day on Light & Composition.


Photo of the Day | February 25 | Light & Composition Magazine
Kristian's photo of a Ranukpur shepherd has been selected as photo of the day on Light & Composition Magazine. Ranakpur is a small village, and there are no rickshaws or taxis touting to take you around. Near the Ranakpur temple, you can hire a private car to take you to hotels in and around the village. Most tourists make Ranakpur a stop on a day trip from Udaipur, although there are a number of nice hotels nearby. Light & Composition is a photography magazine that aims to steer people towards the true essence of photography. With nearly a million subscriptions, it is the most widely read magazine in the field of art, photography and adventure travel.
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This is a Pushkar news photo from India.
Girl in Pushkar, India made it as photo of the day on Photoburst.


Selected as POTD - Photo of the day on Photoburst.net
Kristian's photo of a girl in Pushkar has been published to Photoburst a daily travel photography contest. Pushkar is a holy town in the state of Rajasthan famous for the Pushkar lake, various ghats and temples spread all around the lake. The word 'Pushkar' means lotus flower, which is said to be the seat of Brahma, one of the Hindu holy trinity, who is worshipped as the creator of this world. The legend has it that the demon Vajra Nabha killed Brahma's children, he in turn struck him with his weapon, a lotus flower. Vajra Nabha died with the impact, and the petals of the lotus fell at three places. One of them is Pushkar, where it gave birth to a lake. Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima, which is the full moon day of the Kartik month and which generally falls in November, hallowing the place. Though Brahma is considered to be the creator of the world, Pushkar is the only temple of this important deity in the whole world. This is also considered as Adi Teerth or Teertharaj meaning ancient holy place or the most important of holy places respectively. Pushkar Lake is a beautiful, sanctified spot in the center of Pushkar. It is said to have been created by Lord Brahma and is therefore a place of pilgrimage for the Hindus. The lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats, or series of steps, which Hindus use to descend to the lake for ritual bathing, especially in the month of karthik. Everyday Photoburst publish the best photo uploaded by their contributors.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from India.
Indian girl carrying bamboo.


4th place winner in GRAND PRIX 2010 Zoom photo competition
Kristian's photo of an indian girl carrying bamboo has won the 4th place in the Danish photo magazine Zoom's photo competition. The photo has been captured in the city of Varanasi. This city is sacred to Hindus and Jains and also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Many Hindus believe that dying in Varanasi brings salvation or nirvana and so they make the trip to the city when they realize that they are close to death. For some, the culture shock of the burning corpses in plain view and the feces overflowing from the Ganges can be a bit overwhelming. However, the scene of pilgrims doing their devotions in the River Ganga at sunrise set against the backdrop of the centuries old temples is probably one of the most impressive sights in the world. The River Ganga is a sacred river for the Hindus and you will see traditional rituals and bathing occurring at all times of the day. On the Eastern banks, the River Ganga is flanked by a 300 meter wide sand belt, beyond which lies a green belt, a protected area reserved for turtle breeding. The western crescent-shaped bank of the River Ganga is flanked by a continuous stretch of 84 ghats, or series of steps leading down to the river, stretching for almost seven kilometres. These ghats were built by Hindu kings who wanted to die along the Ganges, and they built lofty palaces along the river, most of which are now hotels, to spend their final days. You can walk along the river and see all of the ghats, but the best option for viewing the ghats is to charter a boat and see them from the river.
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This is a Rajasthan news photo from India.
Indian woman wearing a 'Nath' nose ring.


Nominee for 'Your Shot' in National Geographic Nordic
One of Kristian's photos has been nominated as candidate in the monthly photo competition of the Nordic edition of the National Geographic Magazine. Western India comprises three large states, one small state and two minuscule union territories. It is bounded by Pakistan and the Arabian sea to its west and the Gangetic plains to its east. This is the most heterogeneous of India's regions. The states differ drastically from one another in language, culture and levels of economic development. Maharashtra and Gujarat are among the most industrialized states of India while Rajasthan and Goa are magnets for tourists, though for different reasons.




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This is a Pushkar news photo from India.
Photo of a man in Pushkar, India.


Neehemendje
Neehemendje slideshow is now available online on the website of the photographer. The series of photographs are mostly from Rajasthan in India. Most people speak Rajasthani dialects, Hindi and sometimes broken English. In tourist places like Jaipur and Jodhpur, you will find trained English and French guides too. You may not be able to understand some people due to the dialect that they speak and at times, they may add words from these dialects while speaking Hindi. This does not mean that they are unable to understand you. In Rajasthan, Hindi is universally understood whereas English is spoken among the educated. Bear in mind that Rajasthani languages are more likely to be spoken by older people rather than younger people. Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot as the photographer did here in Pushkar, India.
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This is a Varanasi news photo from India.
Photo from Varanasi, near River Ganges.


Photo on ::: The Travel Photographer :::
The work of the photographer has been shown on ::: The Travel Photographer :::
At the holy ghats of Varanasi the silence rules. Along the river banks of the River Ganges some of the inhabitants of Varanasi have assembled in a quiet moment. Travel photography, unlike other genres like fashion, product, or food photography, is still an underestimated and relatively less monetized genre, though the challenges faced by travel photographers are lot greater than some of the genres where the light and other shooting conditions may be controllable. This genre of photography entails shooting a wide variety of subjects under varied available conditions, low light photography indoors, available ambient light photography for exteriors of buildings and monuments, shooting on the streets where sometimes conditions may be hostile, capturing moments which rarely recur, capturing the magic of light while shooting landscapes and so on.
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