Photographing Holi is a double-edged sword…water and dust particles are the worst enemies of a camera, but if you can survive that, it’s a riot of colours…thankfully, I took the risk and my camera lived to tell the tale…
After coming back home from the Holika Dahan way past midnight, I woke up pretty late. After a quick breakfast, I was out in my Para (neighbourhood) to do a quick reconnaissance whether it was wise to go out with the camera. In India, on Holi day, everything stops. Not only is it a national holiday, public buses don’t ply on the road and only the brave and desperate risk taking out their cars. Simply because, someone might throw colours on you or your car which will be quite difficult to remove.
Anyways, I went out, and had hardly walked couple of minutes before I reached a group of kids playing Holi. I tried to ignore them and walk past. But, they were waiting for someone just like me. They attacked me with everything they had in their arsenal! Water balloons, Abir( powdered colors), coloured water. Soon, I had turned a bright shade of green, quite literally!
Once their colouring instincts had been satiated, I approached them. I said- look, I want to take your photographs, but the deal is you cannot throw any colour at me, when my camera is out. Once I am done, you can again get back to business!
They agreed! And I ran back home, cleaned my face as much and as quickly as possible, and went back to the battleground with my camera. I decided to use the 55-300mm lens, to be able to shoot from a distance and keep my camera safe.
I photographed the kids for the next two hours, and they remained true to their words and not even once did they try putting colours onto me. Fun-loving but very well-behaved.
This post shows the action of Holi.
One of the kids’ father offered to take a photograph with me in front of the camera( for a change). It was an offer I could not refuse 🙂
Hope you enjoyed the riot of colours 🙂
To be continued…