Kerala has been in the spotlight after the BBC’s recent ‘The Real Marigold Hotel’ series set in Cochin in Kerala. Having returned from running my photography holiday there and then only days later seeing this amazing part of the world feature on the BBC it came as no surprise to see those who took part in the series love their experience there. As did the clients who came on the trip – Southern India has a particular magic to it. It’s a special place, and three visits in, I’ll go back again in a heartbeat.
Below are some of the photographs from the trip. Some are included to give you a sense of the place and others because I’m pleased to have shot them, especially the contrasty street photography images. As a genre street photography can be frustrating and scary – getting close requires one to be bold, shoot an awful lot, and be prepared to bin a lot of it. But that’s why spending two weeks practising the discipline, we all ended up bolder and proud of an edited selection of photographs.
Each of the four locations has a very different feel so by the end of the trip we all felt like we’d been away for a month not just a fortnight. We started in the Backwaters in a beautiful hotel right on the water’s edge and spent 3 days mainly floating around on a variety of boats watching local life, slowing down and soaking up the atmosphere as it unfolded in front of us. Then on up to the spice area of Periyar where we started to really focus on documentary street photography. A few days later we headed higher still to the cool green tea plantations around Munnar before dropping back to colonial Cochin.
Enjoy the photographs, and if you’re keen to come on the next trip do get in touch. Other trips include Rajasthan (guaranteed departure) October 2017 and Puglia is in the pipeline for late spring/early summer 2018.