May 4, 2013

Sadhu, India

Photograph by Massimiliano Sticca, My Shot

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

This photo of a sadhu was taken in Allahabad at Maha Kumbh Mela 2013. I was walking along a road in Kumbh when I saw the bike and sadhu near the tent. I stopped walking and waited. The sadhu left the tent and went near the motorbike. I took a step forward to get closer to the subject (I was taking the photo with a 14-24mm very wide optic) and I took the photo. The sadhu realized what happened only when the photo was taken, maybe for the best since I was able to catch his expression in a better way.

After I took the photo, he asked me to come closer to show him the pictures. I did that and he blessed me. It was a nice experience. I prefer to shoot people only after interacting. Just in a few cases, like with the sadhu and motorbike, I preferred to shoot without asking. —Massimiliano Sticca

(This photo was submitted to My Shot.)


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12 comments
Demetra Krta
Demetra Krta

The colors are fantastic...Eastern and Western civilization in one photo!

Allison K.
Allison K.

East meets west concept. Love how his bold orange vest is set against the brown sky.

Rajeshwari Gnana
Rajeshwari Gnana

so happy to live in a country where even the minutest thing creates attention!!

Anubhav Raikar
Anubhav Raikar

People come to my country, take exceptional pics, upload them on NatGeo and i just keep looking at them and say wow.. nice picture

Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

Such clarity, super shot..yes he looks a little surprised at the encounter...I'm a little surprised too..I imagined sadhus weren't concerned with earthly things..ah but times change :)

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