Capturing the Colour from East to West

“The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us from the mystic realm of color. Our entire being is nourished by it. This mystic quality of color should likewise find expression in a work of art.” -Hans Hoffman

Two lovely and talented photographers nominated me to submit entries into the Capture the Colour Contest whose entries have been sweeping the world. Thank you, Marina Chetner, and Vielen Dank, Cornelia Weber for your nominations. I’m honored and flattered!

Readers, I encourage you to check out these creative ladies’ websites: Marina Chetner: Be Inspired Through Travel &  Bikram Yoga Musings & Cornelia Weber Photography.

Without further ado, here are my Capture the Colour submissions from Vietnam, Germany, France, and India:

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Photo du Jour: Under Watchful Eyes – Munnar, India

Under the observant gaze of a bindi-clad woman in a storefront advertisement, men discuss the day’s happenings and observe passersby on a main road in Munnar, India. Munnar is well known for its tea-growing estates, which are some of the highest in the world.

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The Beguiling Backwaters of Kerala, India

Kerala’s backwaters are beguiling. Life moves at a slower pace on these famous waterways and there’s a distinct sense that dreams can effortlessly be born and nurtured there.  The quiet lagoons and lakes are about 45 minutes from the pleasant tourist town of Fort Kochi, making them the perfect spot to escape the hustle and bustle that is standard, but fascinating fare in India.

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Photo du Jour #49: Mother & Child – Kochi, India

In the southern Indian city of Kochi, this mother and child sported bindis between their eyebrows, as well as sparkly bangles and dramatic eye makeup. The young mother’s hair was also trimmed with a garland of fresh, aromatic jasmine – a practice that is customary with many of the ladies in the state of Kerala. On two separate afternoons, locals treated me to jasmine garlands, purchasing them from a flower merchant’s stand and then tying them into my hair. It was such a beautiful gesture and a generous way of sharing this custom with us. I was so very touched by my new friends’ random acts of kindness!

Masquerading in Local Attire in Kerala, India

 

One of my dear Indian friends back home begged Shawn and me to don traditional Indian attire, snap evidence of our foray on a makeshift catwalk, and then share the images of our masquerade here.

Since space is at such a premium in our luggage, we could not justify the added weight of a man’s traditional lungi (or white sarong-like skirt, worn long or rolled-up, depending upon the heat and humidity levels).

Instead of purchasing the cloth that is so popular with male locals in Kerala, we improvised, and borrowed our guest house’s bed sheet for just under an hour. (Yes, we had to sneak it out using our backpack, but the hotel owner can rest assured that it was unharmed.) As we stepped out onto the street looking for good photo spots, I was thrilled to have yet another excuse to wear my new kurta and stole, in one of my favorite color combinations – grey blue and white.

But it was Shawn who stole the show. Perhaps he showed a bit too much leg! The locals beamed smiles of epic proportions as they saw him attempt to twist and turn the white sheet into a proper lungi. Some men approached by boat (from the waters just behind our makeshift photo studio) while others begged to be in the photograph.

I love the ease at which the people of India smile; the zest for life and playful spirit with which they approach life is very special!

Hope you enjoy the pictures, Deepti! :) Thank you for the posting idea.

Indian Attire in Kerala Lungi Mundu Kurta

 

Indian Attire in Kerala Lungi Mundu a lesson in tying lungi

 

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Planning Pointers:

  • We used Kochi (Cochin) as our hub during our time in the region. From there, it was easy to book day-trips into Kerala’s backwaters, and to Munnar, which we explored next.
  •  Need more inspiration? This link contains an index of all my posts from India.

Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.