The Pipe Line
India 2016- Part One
Back in India again, just nine months since my last visit to the subcontinent, this time I was returning to show my girlfriend Carolina around. It was Day Two of the trip, and as usual I was itching to start exposing some pixels. We found ourselves in Fort Kochi, a laidback and colonial era gem of an area located within the city of Kochi, the capital of the state of Kerala. With no definitive plan for my day’s shooting, I figured that an early morning walk through the harbour might yield something. After all, fishermen and harbour sides are usually a good bet wherever you find yourself in the world!
Despite the fact that I’d visited India twice before and taken hundreds of portraits previously, I’m always a little nervous approaching the first portrait shot of a trip. Bottle the nerves: with a bemused smile, my fisherman subject had said ‘Yes’. I was off the mark; it wasn’t an award winner, but nevertheless it felt good to get the ball rolling. This shot required some extra work in post-production: with all the fishing paraphernalia, there were too many competing colours in the background. So I de-saturated the blues and greens, which helps to draw and keep a viewer’s attention on my subject’s tanned and weathered face.
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