Impressions from Taj Mahal

Here’s my impressions, or interpretation if you like, of the famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India. Two images portraying day & night at The Taj.


The Taj Mahal, from Persian and Arabic, “crown of palaces”, is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”. Taj Mahal is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles.- Wikipedia


The Taj Mahal was not actually built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan himself, even though he gets the credit for it. It was built by Hindu slaves living under the Muslim ruler. The love story isn’t all that sweet after all.

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34 thoughts on “Impressions from Taj Mahal

  1. Interesting combinations. Are you saying not all is what it seems. Their are possible blurred lines to an object or situation. 🙂


    • That would definitely have been devastating for this place. It’s in a pretty bad shape already because of the low water level in the Yamuna sewage/river (sewage and river is basically synonyms in India.

    • Thanks Lisa. I wanted to create an abstract vision instead of just posting the typical tourist photo from this location. The internet is flourishing of tourist photos from this place, so there was no need for me to add another one.

  2. Wow very beautiful! You definitely didn’t take “just another tourist shot.” Love the blurred images of the tourists and the sky in the 2nd photo! Well done!

    • Thank you Amanda. I have to admit that I’m guilty of “taking just another tourist shot” (the typical point, shoot and move on), but in the post-processing I decided to work those photos into something that has more substance.

  3. Great work Max! To me you show the story behind the story. Like there is much more than meets the eye at first sight. Layers that build up to a bigger story in a more essential way about the world as it was then. A beautiful building with an interesting story behind the facade story, great creativity, build in the way of that time with the usual means available. I never heard this story before and now you show it!

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