from between the stone feet of shiva - images of India
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    From March 2007 through to May 2008, I traveled to India 3 times. This collection of photographs represents those places I visited and the people… Read More
    From March 2007 through to May 2008, I traveled to India 3 times. This collection of photographs represents those places I visited and the people I met. Read Less
from between the stone feet of shiva
photographs of India by Cameron MacMaster
India is all that ever was and all that ever will be; a glittering jewel that washed up upon the rocky shores of history back when no one was watching and, left on its own, exploded into the spectacular splendor of a thousand rainbows.

India is the land of sun-baked hope and sweat-soaked dreams; of strangled desperation and inexorable delight; of ubiquitous corruption and soaring spiritual rapture, blissfully wrapped in a dusty dupatta of magnificent, unparalleled squalor.

She is the simmering, sultry lover that one can never have, but craves with an insatiable hunger. For she is seductive and alluring, hypnotic; her voluptuous, dark eyes call to you in the night, beseeching you across continents and oceans, to return to her one time more, to feel her burning embrace against your hot, sticky flesh...

Because once she's kissed you lightly on the lips, you are hers forever...

So began my torrid love affair with India and her people - an affair that has spanned a decade and entices me still; pulling at me, drawing me back into that intoxicating embrace. For I have stood between her stony feet, trekked across her desert plains - from the Arabian Sea to the Bay of Bengal, from the tip of Kanyakumari to the Himalayan foothills - and she has opened herself to me, taken me again and again, squeezed me rapaciously, exhausted me, sickened me, and driven me insane with joy. She is the seductive stuff of Bollywood fantasy and Hollywood dreams, of extravagant, incomparable beauty, and soiled, gut-wrenching misery.

India is all that is and would ever want to be.

Cameron MacMaster
Toronto 2009
Aboard the Rajdhani Express from Delhi to Mumbai
The Taj from Afar...
The Taj Mahal from the Red Fort, Agra
3 Green Boats
In the Ganges River at Varanasi
They Caught Me Zooming in on Them, Karol Bagh Metro Station, Delhi
Little Boy Begging
At a traffic stop in Versova, Mumbai
Evening Descends...
Food Stalls at Juhu Beach, Mumbai
The Puja
Religious Ceremonies at Varanasi
From Between the Stone Feet of Shiva
A little girl peers out from between Shiva's stone feet, Elephanta Caves, Mumbai
The Old Woman from Dehradun
Dehradun, India
An Old Woman Begging
Near Juhu Beach, Mumbai
India Gate
Through the Trees
The Taj Mahal, Agra
The Gola...
A little girl enjoys her icy treat, Versova Beach, Mumbai
A Young Muslim Boy
Near Connaught Place, Delhi
The Young Boy With Wild Hair
Gateway of India, Mumbai
The Unbearable Burden of Poverty
Juhu Beach, Mumbai
The Chikki Wala
Juhu Beach, Mumbai
The Little Girl in Red
Varanasi, India
Children on the Beach
Versova Beach, Mumbai
Bathing in the Ganges
Varanasi, India
The Woman in the Orange Sari
At the Red Fort, Agra
Beggar Girl
Juhu Beach
Beggar Girl
Traffic stop, Andheri, Mumbai
Beggar Girl
Bandra, Mumbai
Serious Paper Reading
Varanasi, India