Discovering India with a Mobile Phone
By EyeEm Team - 4 min read
Street photographer Alfred Pleyer shot stunning portraits of the Naga Babas during the Hindu Festival in India.
Alfred Pleyer shot with all kinds of cameras for 37 years: from small snapshot cameras to big, expensive DSLRs. For his recent trip to India, however, the only gear he used was his smartphone.
I wasfascinated to have everything in one device. The process of taking photos discreetly, the fast sharing possibilities and how it fits in my pocket so easily… all this convinced me. Meanwhile I take 95% of my photos with my Galaxy SIII.
Hi Alfred! You’ve just returned from your travel to India. Where have you been and what have you seen?
I traveled from Delhi to Varanasi where I visited Vrindavan, Orcha inMadhya Pradesh, Chitrakoot which is called the Mini Varanasi and then to Varanasi where I stayed for 2 weeks.
I wanted to seeMaha Shivaratri – the Hindu festival. Many Naga Babas “the naked ones” were camping in tents along the ghats waiting for the festival to begin. There were a lot of photoopportunities.
Why did you choose to photograph with your smartphone?
It happened as a coincidence while planning my trip to India. The most important thing for me is to travel light. And I was looking for a device which is smaller than a notebook. So I found out that with a Samsung Galaxy S3 I can connect a SD cardreader and a hard drive and can make a backup of my photos.
At this time I never thought about taking photos with a smartphone.I wasfascinated to have everything in one device. The process of taking the photos discreetly, the fast sharing possibilities and how it fits in my pocket so easily… All this convinced me. Meanwhile I take 95% of my photos with my Galaxy SIII.
You took a lot of super close portraits in India. Was it hard to get that close to people you don’t know?
I never had any problems. For me it was not hard to get this close. With the people I shot, I interacted just by smiling at them, joking around and chatting with them in English.
Why do you share photos?
I can get instant feedback and I also love to see others photos. In India I can share my photos immediately because I always use an Indian simcard.
What’s the one thing you miss the most after returning back from India?
I miss the sense of adventure. In India you are constantly walking into one weird situation after another, you get lost, but somehow it is all working out. And I miss the kindness of the people.
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