Mumbai continues to offer world-class opportunities for street photography. It is also hot. Very hot. I’m developing a Mumbai smell, and think my t-shirts and running shoes may soon need their own room. My camera is proving to be wonderful company. The batteries on the A7iii run forever, and I am shooting regularly at higher ISO, which is opening locations I would not be able to photograph using my M4/3 gear. Read on…
Yesterday I visited the Dhobi Ghat, a vast area that washes linen and clothing for 1000’s of individuals and businesses. This location has been the highlight of my trip so far, and I came away with some keepers, despite the harsh lighting conditions. It is the largest laundry ghat in the world (I got lost inside it).
Dharavi Slum was something I don’t ever need to see again, although I am glad I went there. Pottery appears to be one core business in the area, and this created a haze of thick, eye-watering smoke. Most adults did not want to be photographed. However, there were 100’s of kids who wanted to be snapped, and then look at their photo. I obliged as much as I could, then feeling a little over-whelmed, retreated fast! This location was home to Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.
Worli Fishing Village
I arrived at Worli Fishing Village at 6.30 this morning. The shore line was full of rubbish, both washed up from the sea and thrown out of the houses. On the other side of the village I poked my camera over the sea wall, only to be greeted by a row of people defecating. However, this did not put me off heading back to the hotel for breakfast.
Today I plan on taking a train to Mumbai’s Central Rail Station, which I shall catch from Grant Street. The station is a national heritage site, although I am more interested in the ride than the destination! Hopefully I will have enough energy at the end of the day to photograph some of Mumbai’s famous street-food vendors.
Tomorrow I head back to Bangalore, with a photos to sort through, aching legs, happy memories and a bag of dirty washing.
Yesterday was a long day of exploring. After the a mid-day nap I headed out to Chor Bazaar, the interpretation being ‘thieves market’. The taxi driver dropped me off, pointed straight ahead and let me walk the rest of the way. Obviously I became instantly lost and took the next hour and a half finding the location. However, as is often the case, my best photos came from the area surrounding the location I was planning to shoot.
I arrived in Mumbai last night and after a quick drink, went to bed for an early start this morning. At 5am I was up and out of bed, ready to shoot Marine Drive, an iconic location for Street Photography. I set out using the classic setup of a 50mm lens, set to f8. This set up is coined, ‘F8 and be there‘, as using this setting is most likely to result in everything being in focus.