All images by Sachin Khona, India Portrait Photographer
All Mamiya, All Medium Format Film, All India, All January 2014
Two years ago, I went to India for a similar trip to this one. At that point, I had completed my first season as a wedding photographer in London, and was about to move country and start a new life as a wedding photographer in Canada. Lots to think about on that trip.
I used it as an opportunity to test out a new lens, the 35mm 1.4, and I absolutely fell in love shooting with it. I grew 10 times faster than I ordinarily would shooting under regular circumstances at home.
So, fast forward two years to the start of 2014. This time I wanted to have the opportunity to learn more about film and a have large part of this trip to be captured on film. This post is all on medium format film, and mostly from Varanasi (Benares) , an incredible holy city in northern India that sits on the banks of the river Ganga.
Wiki describes Varanasi as ‘one of the olderst continuously inhabited cities in the world and the older in India’. I dreamed of going here for a while and the experience did not let me down. Shooting film in Varanasi in particular was a good choice in that it allowed me to take in more, experience the city by slowing down, using a slow heavy camera that forced me to wait … instead of shooting fast and moving on.
I love film for this. And I can’t wait to see and experience how my personal work will grow in 2014 with film. I have a few more projects in the pipeline to keep my work with film alive.
Thanks to all the people in Varanasi & India who let me take their portraits, to Ravi my Indian brother for coming on this adventure with me and lastly to Rohitbhai for being an awesome guide around Varanasi.
Big shout out to Chris at Caribou Film Lab for their awesome scanning & developing work.
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