Even though my maiden voyage to India was nearly four years ago, I vividly remember that first afternoon exploring Jaipur, the so-called Pink City. With my new camera in hand, I delighted in capturing images of vibrantly-painted elephants, bus passengers, and motorcyclists as the auto rickshaw I was riding in passed them. Naively, I initially thought I was pretty camouflaged, tucked away under the dark awning of that chugging rickshaw. Yet, the images of these bus passengers making eye contact with my camera’s lens illustrate that my camera and I instead stuck out like a sore thumb. :)
Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene.
A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia.
Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.
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19 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: A Ride Through the Pink City – Jaipur, India”
Nice framed photo of the Taj Mahal; similar to how I like to look at places.
Thank you, Michel. Yes, that was a fun ‘window’ through which to see the Taj. :) I’ll look forward to seeing more of your images!
Great set, thanks Tricia
Thanks, Mark! Hope you’re having sunnier skies now, wherever your adventures find you.
Your new camera paid off! What kind? Your photos draw a straight line to the human condition and curiosity! Great stuff. -Renee
Renee, that was my new camera, c. 2008 – a Canon hybrid, we’ll say. Last fall, I got a Nikon D5100 (my first DSLR) and I’m loving it!
Thank you for your great comment about my photographs, too! Until next time…
You’re quite good! Tell me about what wordpress theme allows for the lovely revolving slide show… that’s really great!
Thanks, Renee! The theme is ‘Forever’ and the post slider is free too. Perhaps it would be a good choice for your husband’s blog? :)
Thank you Tricia! I will be getting to your lovely/lengthy email soon, but was curious, if you found the blog format sufficient as a professional website. I see you have your amazing resume on one page… I’m just toying with this idea up putting up a second professional-oriented blog since I don’t need more than a page for my professional site, and love the elegant functionality of wordpress. I’ve seen a lot of authors use wordpress and it looks great. I also want a forum to interact with other professional writers and wp offers that. Do you find it suits your professional needs too?
Renee, this has been my first foray into blogging, and I’ve learned so much as I go. So far I’ve been quite pleased with WordPress. The technical support has been fantastic and the community feel and networking opportunities are great. I can see where it might be beneficial to have a professional site, as well as one that’s more of a branded blog, though. For now, I’m happy to have everything rolled up into one package. That might change in the future!
Thank you for the detailed, conscientious reply. That makes perfect sense – the for now and for later aspects! I’m about to start looking for a book agent and needed to prove I could do this and after looking around I’m already making changes and enjoying it more than I could have imagined!
How exciting that you are seeking out an agent, Renee! Will we need to wait ’til your book hits the press, or can you throw out a teaser as to the topic? :) All the best of luck to you!
The book is about my 2 years teaching in remote Alaskan villages… it’s a coming of age in the wilderness kind of memoir! And, soon I might be putting teasers on my blog about it! yes!
lovely images :D
Thank you, Travelbunny!
They look as though they are enjoying watching you, don’t they? Lovely post, as ever.
It’s funny how the curiosity runs both ways! :) As my rickshaw passed their bus, the mother and son popped their heads out the window and flashed glorious smiles. Sadly, I didn’t have the camera set to capture the fast-moving action. That second picture took on such a different tone – from a timid look (above) to a more gregarious gaze!
Hi Tricia A. Mitchell,
We appreciate your comments on our city Pinkcity – Jaipur, you can view more photos at contest.pinkcity.com.
Manish, glad you enjoyed the images from Jaipur. How lucky you are to live in such a beautiful and special place; I look forward to checking out the photos from your contest/gallery and thank you for stopping by!