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: