Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Making it "Real"




Have you ever eagerly waited for photos (back in the days of film) only to be somewhat dismayed that they didn't capture the scene as you expected? During my first trip to India in 1988, a ten week low budget visit during India's summer, I carefully chose my shots hoping to capture the experience to share with family at home. The photos were such a poor reflection of the reality. You cannot capture the smell, excessive heat, constant movement, draining humidity, grittiness on the skin and cacophony of sounds in a photo.

Above we have a traffic scene in Purnia from the team's visit this month. Looks interesting - however, their video clip below gives a much more accurate sense of what it was really like. Now if only we could breathe the air too......

[You may want to stop the regular blog music first by pausing the small You-Tube clip at the very bottom of the page.]





Did you notice the mobile phone signs along the way?

Thank you for watching.

You can recap on the "why" of the team going to India here.
I was at home in Australia, looking after the rest of our family (see previous posts for more details).



18 comments:

PETRA JANSSEN said...

Thanks, for sharing! Seing this I will definitely enjoy my days of silence a bit more: ♥

Tina´s PicStory said...

looks like you had great holidays :)

tabulyogang said...

haha. we have something like that in the Philippines! But i cant believe how noisy their drivers are! hahaha they are fond of using the horn. And they are going off in many different directions! haha

Joyful said...

So much action on the streets. It can get a bit like that in Nairobi also.

Pere Jobal said...

These countries are full of new sensations is great.
Nice story.
Have a nice day.

Jan said...

Looks like they needed to allow a long time to get to their destination! Great video.

Catherine said...

I really enjoyed watching the video and although we can't experience the details of being there, just watching and listening gives you a sense of what it's like to be there. Thank you for sharing.

Jedidja said...

Wonderful pictures! My son 8) loved it also.

flowersandhome said...

Unbelievable! I notice they drive left in India, which is weird in itself already, I've never been to a country where people drive left.
Bye,
Marian

Gillian Olson said...

That video really tells a story. Friends have just returned from India and said it is so hard to describe the frenetic activity everywhere, the sound and the smells. I think I now have a better idea of the first two. Thank you for sharing.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Oh my goodness! Cacophony is a great description. The traffic, people, sights and sounds are overwhelming. I can only imagine the smell! I admire y'all for going there and trying to help.

Linda R said...

Looks like craziness to me.. such a different culture. Thanks so much for sharing it with us..

Hugs~

Giga said...

To co się dzieje tam na drodze, to nasz przysłowiowy horror. Nigdy nie chciałabym tam być kierowcą auta. Pozdrawiam.
This is what happens out there on the road, our proverbial horror. Do not want to be there the car driver. Yours.

geanina said...

very nice story! :)

eileeninmd said...

Great post, looks like a very crowded place. Thanks for sharing!

Łucja-Maria said...

Cool relationship. I'm afraid of such drivers.
India is a different culture driving.
Very video and photos.
Regards
Lucia

papillon said...

Great impressions of traffic in India. For us Europeans the traffic seems chaotic.
J&C

missing moments said...

True. Video captures it so more realistically!

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