Stories from the Road: First Photo in India

Stories from the Road is a collection of stories about my own photographic adventures in South Asia. Sometimes the stories are exciting and sometimes mundane and at times emotional. This section deals with vernacular photography and the way we all experience the photographs we see. What they meant when we took them and what they mean over time.

Today in Stories from the Road, I thought I would take you all the way back to the very beginning. Here you see the very first photograph I took in India. As I am sure you can tell, the photograph is very exciting. It is okay I guess. It was taken with a $100 point and shoot camera so the lens was not very good. Though I love the quality of my Nikon D7100 I do miss the compactness of the point and shoot camera.

Anyway, we arrived in Mumbai in the middle of the night, sometime between midnight and 2am, I do not remember exactly. After clearing customs and getting our luggage we headed to the pre-paid taxi stand and got a taxi to our hotel, Hotel Suba Palace in Colaba. It took about 45 minutes to drive from the airport to the hotel. Once we were there we immediately headed to our rooms. My graduate professor told me and the other graduate student to meet in the hotel restaurant for breakfast at 9am. She said the best way to get over jet lag was to get up. Both the other graduate student and I took showers and got ready for bed. After my shower I took this photograph.

The photograph is grainy from the dim light and the color cast sucks. I could not edit out all of the yellow. However, the composition does have one interesting element and that the repetition of the rectangular shape. The photograph is also a self-portrait but the camera is in my face. That is good I guess, nice way to express a self-portrait as artist.

Interestingly this is the only frame I took. I did not take multiple photographs of the room or this same composition. I guess I was really sleepy. After making this photograph I went to sleep. The other graduate student stayed awake reading Harry Potter. Funny the things you remember.

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Photo Focus: Anushree Fadnavis
Stories from the Road: Qibla Wall, Qutab Minar Complex, Delhi, India

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About the Author:

Betsy Williamson is an assistant professor of art in the state of New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico for this job she was an adjunct professor throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, teaching photography and art appreciation. Between September 2015 and May 2017, she took a break from teaching to pursue art, research and life in India. Now she is back to teaching and part-timing it in India.

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