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Thaipusam Festival at Batu Caves

January 14, 2014  -  Festivals, World

Continuing on photo series on the Thaipusam festival which is coming up on the 17th of January in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here are more photos from when I attended the festival in 2012.

Young ladies carry pots of milk as offerings to the central shrine located in the massive limestone cave

Young ladies carry pots of milk as offerings to the central shrine located in the massive limestone cave

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Thaipusam Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

January 13, 2014  -  Festivals, World

Thaipusam is a Hindu festival that is held each year during the full moon in the tenth month of the Hindu calendar – Thai – falling from mid-January to mid-February in the Gregorian calendar. This year Thaipusam will take place on Friday, the 17th of January which is coming up in a few days. The best place to experience the Thaipusam festival is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At this spectacular festival, which sees about 1.5 million people attend, pilgrims pierce themselves as part of a spiritual discipline. The miracle is there is no blood or hole from these piercings. Definitely put it on your list of festivals to attend.

Over the next few days I’ll share photos from the Thaipusam festival which I attended in 2012. Enjoy!

Pilgrims bathe by the river before beginning their journey up the caves. unfortunately many of them are not too conscious of the environment leaving piles of plastic everywhere and in the river as well.

Pilgrims bathe by the river before beginning their journey up the caves. Unfortunately many of them are not too conscious of the environment leaving piles of plastic everywhere and in the river as well.

A pilgrim showers by the river before embarking on his journey.

A pilgrim showers by the river before embarking on his journey.

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Thousands of people make their way up the stairs at the famed Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

Thousands of people make their way up the stairs at the famed Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.

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Camel Traders of Rajasthan

April 9, 2013  -  Festivals

I love attending festivals in India. They are always so full of color and are the perfect place for photography. In 2011 I attended the Pushkar Camel Fair. It takes place yearly around November in the small holy town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India. The fair has been taking place for centuries though in recent years it is becoming more and more an event filled with lots of tourist. I can’t really complain as I am one of those tourist as well. It was a great event to photograph though I must say after a while it got a little annoying as there were many quite unprofessional photographers present that were simply running around with their cameras shooting everything and anything and being quite disrespectful to the locals in many ways. It’s a double edge sword. Tourism helps the local economy but at the same time it can be a real pain in the butt.

Moving on from that. The camel traders were great to photograph. Many of them did not mind being photographed as long as you were respectful and did not stick your lens in their face without permission. Here are some images from that trip.

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Camel traders huddle together around small fires as the sun sets and the desert temperature drops.

Camel traders huddle together around small fires as the sun sets and the desert temperature drops.

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Three traders hang out on a ledge in the evening as a hot air balloon rises behind them for a sunset tour.

Three traders hang out on a ledge in the evening as a hot air balloon rises behind them for a sunset tour.

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Kumbh Mela at the Ganges River

March 6, 2013  -  Festivals

The Ganges river is the primary source of attraction during the Kumbh Mela festival. It is more than a river truly. For pilgrims it is what they’ve been waiting to be with for months and years. For the millions that come, traveling miles on foot, bus, trains, planes and more, it is place to let go of unwanted burdens and receive an inflow of loving change. Those who approach the river with the right attitude and mind set get the biggest rewards. Yet, there are others who come unwilling to dip in the Ganges and fall victim to her magical ways, end up taking a dip and are never the same.

A kumbh (pot) lays abandoned on some rocks on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh Mela festival.

A kumbh (pot) lays abandoned on some rocks on the banks of the Ganges River during the Kumbh Mela festival.

Humans are not the only ones that can do the tree pose.

Humans are not the only ones that can do the tree pose.

Pilgrims arrive in droves for the largest festival on earth.

Pilgrims arrive in droves for the largest festival on earth.

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Embracing Technology at the Kumbh Mela

March 1, 2013  -  Festivals

Three years ago at the Kumbh Mela at Haridwar in North India I was photographing a parade when I noticed an ash covered sadhu wearing only a loin cloth standing next to me filming with a Sony handycam. I could resist but to point my camera in his direction and capture this.

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It’s a Sony!

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Father and Son Journey the Kumbh Mela

February 28, 2013  -  Festivals

10th February 2013
Main bathing day, Kumbh Mela Festival
Allahabad, India.

Meshed amongst millions of people and really not in a position to photograph at all I decided to look at what was happening around me. People everywhere. Right up against me. Pushing and pulling in every direction. And it has been like this for 2 hours now. So, I held my camera in front of me and started shooting as I was pushed around. To be honest almost every image was useless except for this series which showed the patience and love of a father who carried his son, for hours probably, in this sea of devoted pilgrims.

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