Photo Essay: The Jama Masjid in Sepia

by Ekua on April 20, 2011 in captured on memory card,India

India is the ultimate destination for the photo happy; it seems that in any direction you point your camera, there is something fascinating to capture. There’s so much detail, life, and scenes that are unique to the subcontinent. And of course, there’s all the color, that integral part of India.

As I looked through the hundreds of photos I took in India, at times the color seemed simultaneously imperative and superfluous. India is so interesting that it doesn’t need it, but at the same time, it’s what makes it India. I’ve felt an urge to experiment with taking the color out of some of my India photo essays, but up until this one, there was always at least one photo where taking the color away seemed to take away from the essence of the image as well as the essence of the moment as I experienced it.

I mostly saw Delhi by foot or auto rickshaw and the Jama Masjid (India’s largest mosque) was the one site I spent some time in. For the Jama Masjid, sepia seemed to capture the setting well — the somberness, the smogginess, the peacefulness, and the reverence:

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Terri- Try Anything Once April 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

Beautiful and I do like the sepia.

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Ekua April 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Thanks :)

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Nancy Harder April 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

Wow-beautiful pics, Ekua. (#6 may be my fave!) I’ve been out of the travel blog loop for a while…coming to your site brings a big smile to my face.

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Ekua April 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Nancy! I was wondering where you went. Happy to see that you’ve returned to the world of travel blogging!

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Monica April 25, 2011 at 6:56 pm

GORGEOUS! I think #6 is my favorite, too, although they’re all great. Now I have to go back and read all your posts from India.

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Ekua April 25, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Thanks, Monica. I think I like #6 the best as well, it definitely stood out as I was compiling pictures for this. If you’re just now seeing my India posts, you have a lot of catching up to do ;)

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Rebecca November 15, 2011 at 7:08 am

You are a talented photographer and your photos are beautiful.

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