This photo essay documents life in Rishikesh, India. I spent six weeks in Rishikesh, a North Indian town bifurcated by the Ganges, studying yoga and soaking up the culture.
I chose to do a series in monochrome series because frankly I felt overwhelmed by the color in India; i.e., the decisions that come with shooting in color. During my month-long foray into Europe this past November, I shot extensively in color, employing techniques such as HDR and HDR-panorma (comprising of dozens of images), which were new to me and skills that I wanted to add to my skill set for their commercial value. The aforementioned techniques are time consuming and require more time spent at the computer post-processing images. Additionally, images created with HDR or panoramic stitching admit an easy "wow" factor that is, in my opinion, are too often used as a tool by photographers to eschew compelling composition and subject matter in favor glossy simulacrumic images.
In Europe, I felt myself beginning to walk this path leading to precipitous edge of an under-creative technological abyss and decided that I needed to sojourn back to the basics by “limiting" myself to monochrome. Doing so, I discovered that I am a more focused, in the moment, photographer when shooting in monochrome. With color photography, especially HDR and panoramic images, it sometimes feels as though each click of the shutter creates a technological prolegomena. Monochrome on the other hand enables me to feel in the moment — to focus on composition and geometry. Hence, I discovered that shooting in monochrome was well-harmonized counterpoint to my study of yoga — a way to extend my cultivation of mindfulness into my photography practice.