ऋषिकेश Rishikesh

Rishikesh, India. ऋषिकेश

Rishikesh, India. ऋषिकेश

This is an old photo. It was shot back in 2005 when I spent a few months in Rishikesh, India. I’ve done quite a bit of work on the photo.
Rishikesh was a great place to relax.

I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

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Early Morning in Delhi, India

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This photo was shot one early morning at «Hotel Yes, Please» in Delhi, India. Shot with film on a point&shoot camera, then scanned.

My friend over at Knowallsbox recently visited the derby in Calcutta. You can check out his post from the derby and mine from the Delhi derby, plus some more of my India related posts here:

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Pushkar, पुष्कर, Rajasthan.

“Nothing was ever in tune. People just blindly grabbed at whatever there was: communism, health foods, zen, surfing, ballet, hypnotism, group encounters, orgies, biking, herbs, Catholicism, weight-lifting, travel, withdrawal, vegetarianism, India, painting, writing, sculpting, composing, conducting, backpacking, yoga, copulating, gambling, drinking, hanging around, frozen yogurt, Beethoven, Back, Buddha, Christ, TM, H, carrot juice, suicide, handmade suits, jet travel, New York City, and then it all evaporated and fell apart. People had to find things to do while waiting to die. I guess it was nice to have a choice.”
― Charles Bukowski, Women

I met this woman in Pushkar, India and we hung out for a while. Captured on film and scanned.
Check out WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/vibrant/

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Pushkar, पुष्कर, Rajasthan,

Pushkar, पुष्कर, Rajasthan.

“India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.”
― Shashi Tharoor

India is, without a doubt and without comparison, the noisiest and dirtiest country I’ve ever visited. Pushkar, were this photo was taken, was relatively quiet though.
My response to Paula’s Thursday’s Special post.

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Thursday’s Special

Creepy Taj Mahal

A fun photo challenge from WordPress this week with the theme “Creepy“.

My B&W creepy version of Taj Mahal

My B&W creepy version of Taj Mahal

P.S. I’ve opened an instaspam account. Most of the likes I’ve gotten so far has been from spammers (except from some from real life friends & some other bloggers), so instaspam seems like a more appropriate name than instagram. Anyway, if you also have an instaspam account, you can add me: instagram.com/cardinalguzman
My profile is open and public now, but if I continue to experience spam, I’ll set it to private.

P.P.S. I’ll probably be posting more stuff for the challenge this week.

Snake Charmers in Jaipur


Met these snake charmers in Jaipur, India – not an ordinary event for me, but I sat down with them and picked up a snake. Later I learned that the snake charmers remove the fangs of the cobras that they capture, so the snakes die from internal poisoning after a few weeks. The photos are scans from film shot with a pocket camera and the quality is debatable…
For more unusual stuff, check out Paula’s B&W Sunday: https://bopaula.wordpress.com/2015/04/19/black-white-sunday-unusual/
Or for more photos of this & that, Lucile has a “Photo101 Rehab” project: http://luciledegodoy.com/2015/01/14/the-clinic-photo101-rehab-is-open-again/

Street Portrait: Snake Charmers

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Snake charmers in Rishikesh, India. Hindustan Merajaan. 

If you like street portraits, make sure to check out Mr Guest’s blog at: http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/vocals-flute/
You can also see more street portraits by clicking this tag: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/tag/street-portraits/

Travelling India

Know-All’s Box and myself had a conversation in his blog and it made me remember this song that I recorded with my friend Sjur 7 or 8 years ago. That’s when I decided to make a slide-show with some photos and the song. The lyrics are a mix between English and Hindi, with a few Hebrew words here and there – If there’s any wishes for it, I’ll include the lyrics.

Related Post:

This is an entry for both Ailsa’s “Travel Theme: Romance” and Paula’s “Thursday Special”. Follow the links to visit their posts:

Inside: a photographic journey through India & Nepal

Often the inside of something is even more interesting than the outside. – Sara Rosso

Here’s some pictures that represents “inside”, plus a bunch that I just throw in for fun. All these photos were shot between December 2004 – December 2005 when I spent 9 months traveling around in India on my Bullet 350 motorcycle. Most of the time was spent in in Delhi & Rishikesh, plus 3 months were I settled in a village in Nepal.   

Inside my Bullet350

The inside of my Bullet350

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Bollywood Dancers

These two photos are heavily photoshopped. The first photo is not one, but two images combined together, and on both of them the background has been tampered with. I shot these some years ago when I was hired to do some shooting for a film festival called Bollywood Filmfest in Oslo.

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A day at the Delhi Derby

Some years back I ended up living in Delhi for a period of 3-4 months, which means that I’ve pretty much seen & experienced, if not everything, then at least most of what Delhi has to offer – both touristy & non-touristy things. Some of the stuff I’ve seen/done several times: During my stay I met many backpackers and I frequently joined them to check out different places in Delhi, which resulted in me experiencing recurring deja-vu’s… (hmm… haven’t I seen this place before..?)

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The Elephant God Ganesh’ festival

In beautiful India there’s always time for a festival. Recently it was Ganesh’s turn to be celebrated. Welcome to Ganesha Chaturthi – Ganesh ‘festival.

Hindus celebrate the birthday of the colossal God with proboscis – Lord Ganesh, also known as Gajanana (Elephant-faced Lord), Devendrashika (Protector of All Gods), Kaveesha (Master of Poets), Lambodara (Huge belly Lord), Vignavinashanaya (destruction of all barriers and prevention), Akhurath (He who has Mouse as his chariot man, or any of the 101 names he is known.

Ganesh is perhaps the deity with the most special appearance of the Hindu pantheon, and his birth was as unconventional as his profile…

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