Guest Blog Post by Ralph Velasco, travel photographer (on location in India!)
When shooting in the field, I’m always on the look out to photograph interesting locals dressed in distinctive and traditional clothing. Here in India, at the Amber Palace just outside of Jaipur, it was no different.
Rajasthan, an area of India renown for its wide range of colors, even has nicknames for a number of cities, for example, there’s the Red City (Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan) and the Blue City (Jodhpur). This region is also known for having beautiful women dressed in vibrant and bangled “sharees.”
Having taken an elephant ride up the long hill that leads to the Amber Palace, in the city of Amber (this is not a reference to color), there were a number of women sweeping the vast palace grounds. This particular woman was diligently doing her job up against the backdrop of the public audience space known as Diwan-I-Aam, so I immediately took notice and went to work trying to capture the scene.