The ruins of Hampi paint a picture of a glorious empire. The monkeys add to the charm. This was taken near the Ram-Sita temple next to the Tungabhadra river.
Near the complex of the famous Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, there’s another mausoleum, whose architecture is strikingly different from its popular neighbour. It is that of Isa Khan Niazi, a Pashtun courtesan in Sher Shah Suri’s durbar, who fought against the Mughal empire.
It was my first time ever seeing the Taj Mahal. I had been there before around 20 years ago, but could not step inside the premises.
Over these 20 years it had occupied a mythical place in my mind, supported by photographs of so many other photographers who presented the monument with their own vision.
When I visited it finally, I was already on a spree to chase symmetry in my photographs (this image is not cropped OR straightened), and decided to capture it at its simplest. Face to face.
My very first Taj Mahal image ladies & gentlemen.
The Southern gate of the colossal Jama Masjid, at Chandni Chauk in Delhi. January 2014.