Life Along The Riverbanks

As a photographer, going India is like being a kid in a candy shop. The colors, the expressions, the sounds, the haze, and just the overall richness of life can be seen in every corner of this amazing country. Perhaps this is why so many photographers make repeated trips here; in fact, Steve McCurry, the legend himself, has made over 80 trips to India!

On a recent trip to India, one of the many things that fascinated me was the sacred relationship between the people and the river. It is no secret that people living in the Indus Valley region have relied on the river for physical and spiritual survival. Perhaps this is why there are efforts to officially recognize India’s rivers as living beings (much like the recent designation of the Whanganui River in New Zealand as legally equal to a human).

Here are a few images that help to encapsulate this relationship between humans and their sacred sister, the Yamuna River.




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