On January 2nd, 2013 I boarded a plane for India, something I’ve wanted to do for over a decade. The last time I booked a flight to India, 9/11 happened two days before my departure and I ended up in Vietnam instead. But this time nothing stopped my attempt. I landed in Dehli, and skipped directly over to Udaipur, Rajasthan to begin my journey. As a photographer I spent a lot of time thinking about what gear to take, and eventually left my usual “wedding kit” at home. Instead of taking the Canon 5D’s, I took my iPhone 5 and my trusty Leica M6, a 35mm f1.4 lens and a bunch of film. These photos are the Leica/film view of my trip, which lasted about 3 and a half months. However the iPhone quickly became the primary vehicle for documenting my travels, uploading around 10 photos a day to Instagram.
This trip felt long, but in retrospect was not nearly long enough. India is such a massive place, both geographically and culturally. That’s why this fall I again plan to travel through India, but also Sri Lanka and hopefully Nepal.
These photos are moments captured throught my trip, not exactly telling a cohesive story, but representing India as I experienced it. They are glimpses into and incredible and beautiful place and the people who live there.