Many times , we pass by people knowingly or unknowingly which could be great subjects for our photographs.I have included in this article a few portraits of people I saw at the Kumbh Mela that may be easily missed by anyone.
The largest religious gathering in the world is reportedly the 2019 Kumbh Mela. I had heard a lot about the kumbh Mela but it was for the first time I got a chance to witness it. There is a sense of purity in atmosphere all around .You can see a largest number of pilgrims taking dip in the holy river.You can also see Naga sadhus with long matted hair,wearing no clothes, bodies covered with ash and smoking their chillums.You can also find many other sadhus performing rituals.All these things make the environment so divine that anyone would fall in love with it.It is possible to experience this completely new universe of Kumbh, but it is quite challenging to put into words.
Unnoticed faces of Kumbh
Whenever we think of Kumbh Mela the first thing that strikes our mind is ‘Naga Sadhus’. No doubt .It’s one of the main motives for why so many photographers travel to Kumbh.To be frank,the same was the reason for my visit too.But in addition to this, a considerable number of hermits and other pilgrims who go unrecognised by most people also attend the Kumbh Mela. People in general and photographers usually disregard them. But I don’t know why they attracted me more than the Naga sadhus.I’m highlighting those Kumbh faces in this article that anyone could easily miss. But I tried to find beauty in those faces , because Kumbh Mela is not only about the ‘Nagas’
Portraits of Kumbh Mela
Hidden sorrows: Trying to hide his emotions
Annoyed:A fierce look of the old man
Holy soul: Unconcerned about the material world
Disguised sufferings: Trying to hide his pain from the world
Queries of mind: Questions revolving around the old man’s mind
Rage: Intense look of the man
Happiness: The old man is happy for getting clicked
Emotions: Sentiments of a pilgrim in Kumbh Mela
Thoughtful: In his own world of thoughts
Jumbled thoughts: Why am I getting clicked?
Strained expressions: A miserable devotee in Kumbh Mela
A gloomy face: An unhappy pilgrim in Mela
Suspicious: Why are you focusing your camera towards me?
Tough and bold:Resistant to everything
All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Abhishek Dhupar,Ropar,Punjab, Creative Hut Institute of Photography.Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.