Works in Process: Night Photograph, Udaipur 02

While I was in Udiapur the first time, I was here for an artist residency. I made posts about that experience and shows how the work progressed while I was there. Now that I am back I am working on several projects. I thought I would be nice to share those projects as they progress and get your feedback on the work.

Meropi and I finally went for our second night photography outing. This is a project I have wanted to do for years. I really want to curate a group exhibition of the night photography of Indian photographers Dayanita Singh, Gauri Gill and Druv Malhotra. Until then, I will work with Meropi on or night exploration of Udaipur. During the first outing, we were photographing our own neighborhood, Chand Pol. We went our pretty late and there was no longer activity on the street. In the end, we thought it was boring. This time we headed out with our camera at 6pm and walked to another area of town called Chetak Circle. On our way to Chetak we stopped and made photographs at Hathi Pol.

This adventure was much more exciting. There was still a lot of activity on the streets, traffic, people shopping; the vegetable sellers were even still out. At Hathi Pol there is an old gate in the middle of the road creating a circle. We started making photographs from there. The photograph above is the inside of the circle. I got some interesting shots from here, but the best part was the group of puppies we found living there. They were sleeping, but Meropi woke them up by taking photographs of them. They were so playful. They followed us around and licked our shoes. Then they started chewing on my tripod. They are sweet puppies so I did not care, I did not let them continue either. At this point we headed down the road to Chetak.

Once we got to the intersection at Chetak we were waiting to cross the street. I was standing there minding my own business and someone spit on my shoe. Gross! Once across the street I got some napkins to clean my shoe with. We walked around the inside of the circle taking photographs. The photograph with the bicycle in it was the first photograph I took at Chetak (above). I took multiple shots of the scene and this was the best photograph.  The photograph of the Pan Vilas is one of the next photos I made at Chetak (below). It is like a general store and I thought the light and people were interesting. I like to photograph people from far away, so maybe they do not realize they are in my shot.

After photographing around the inner circle we had some dinner at Biryani House. It is a nice local place. We ate Chicken Chili and a mutton kathi roll. It was very nice as always. Then we continued our adventure behind the circle. Behind the circle there is an area with a lot of fruit and vegetable stalls. There is also a bus stop there. Behind the stalls and shops there is a recreation area or sports complex. The city uses it for different events. One of my favorite photos of the night is one I took through the fence at the complex (below).

As we circled back to Chetak I became very interested in these food carts. I love them in the daylight or at night. The structure of them is like nothing we have in the United States, plus many of them are interestingly decorated. I photographed the Bhel Pakodi Center behind Chetak Circle and they the other cart you see below is the last photo I took and is much closer to the house. These carts may end up being a major feature in my night project. Stay tuned to see what happens and I would love to hear your feedback on the photographs!

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By |2016-12-17T03:18:12-06:00January 1st, 2017|Night Photography, Udaipur|3 Comments

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.


  1. Jennifer Wooten January 11, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Great photos, Betsy! My fav is the one with the bicycle in it. There is much going on in the photo. The focal point for me is the illuminated white horse statue. The light shining above and beyond it makes for a magical feeling. Despite the focal point being strong for me the photo has much to take in as my eyes circle the image taking in something new each time they circle…but going back to the statue.

    • south asian photo January 11, 2017 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your thoughts! Nice evaluation you have 🙂

  2. […] and I focused our efforts in different places and on divergent subjects. In our previous outing to Chetak Circle,  I had taken a photograph of a street cart. I fell in love with that photograph and thought I […]

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