Photography workshops in India
It begins with a journey
My wedding photography is my main job, but as a Nikon ambassador, I run photography workshops in India, the UK, and around the world. My personal projects and documentary street photography enrich my wedding work. So this month I am touring India with Nikon UK and The Hope Foundation running street photography courses in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, Kolkata, and Assam.
So, as with all good adventures, this starts with a journey; 2 taxis, 2 flights, three airports, and an exhausting 24 hours, London Heathrow to Jodhpur.
The journey included a long wait at Mumbai International, a beautiful airport with Indian treasures on display, clean, airy, and worth paying to stay in the traveler’s lounge to catch a nap on the comfy chairs!
Last year I flew into Delhi and wanted the full Indian experience so booked the train to Jodhpur. Jodhpur has a small airport, and everything is still done by hand, but with only our flight landing it was actually quite a quick and simple process of picking up luggage and walking straight out the door into the Sun City, and that sudden smack of heat.
Our wonderful host and travel guide Vishal were waiting and it was so good to catch up with him on the journey back to the old city and his hotel the Kings Retreat, tucked away in the twisting alleyways that serve as roads from the clock tower up towards the fort.
Jodhpur city shopping
Rehydrated with water and our first taste of sweet, milky Indian coffee we discussed the finer details of the course and I have to tell you it’s going to be an amazing trip/course! Dropping our stuff in the room we head into town to pick up some essentials; a mobile phone, a memory card, and armed with my glasses prescription I ordered three pairs of glasses and one pair of sunglasses to be made up, costing me less than one pair at home!
Walking along the main road you quickly get used to the sounds and frenetic nature of the traffic in India, people, cars, tuk tuks, motorbikes, bikes, and cows, competing for their space, creating their own unique music with their constant ‘I’m here’ with their horns.
Time for a cold beer, vegetable curry, and tandoori paneer before crashing out!