Insider tips for India: go where the locals go
India is a majestic country blessed with a vastly diverse landscape. This great peninsula is called a "subcontinent" for good reason. The mighty Himalayas grace the north, evergreen forests cool the east, a formidable desert stands out in the west and stunning beaches dot the entire southern coast; Tourists flock to the famous hot-spots of India, the world wonder Taj Mahal in Agra, Jaipur for architecture, Rishikesh for yoga retreats and Goa for beaches.
Where camel herders meet their match
As pilgrims come for the annual ritual of bathing in Pushkar’s holy lake at the time of the autumn full moon, thousands of camel herders also gather for the world’s biggest camel fair.
This is the million dollar view you come to Ladakh for
School children crossing a bridge covered in Prayer flags – distant view of Stakna Monastery on a hill, Stakna nr Leh, Indus Valley, Ladakh, India.
India is a magical place to photograph
To my mind, India is one of the best places in the world for people pictures. Indians are colorful, friendly and approachable, and generally love to have their pictures taken.
Aim for eye contact – even with a tiger
Photographing the London Olympic and Paralympic games during summer 2012 rekindled my love of the long lens, an essential when photographing tigers from the back of a jeep.
With sensitive subject matter, always ask permission
Photographing a funeral or cremation? I would never dare enter this very private moment or photograph this final farewell without permission or a direct invitation from the family first.
Living with a killer in India
"Should we get rid of the tiger? No, that would not be right. He has the right to live just as we do." The quiet words seem unremarkable, except that they are coming from the mouth of a 17-year-old whose mother was killed by a tiger.
The Living Death of India
With little more than a white sheet blocking her from view, the body of a recently deceased widow lies semi-forgotten in the streets of Vrindavan.