Back to Kolkata

School Girls - Kolkata - 2015

A few days ago the Wall St. Journal ran this story “Kolkata, India: An Insider’s Tour for Aspiring Photographers” – which brought back memories of my two visits to this city in West Bengal. The author notes “Yes, Kolkata can be overwhelming. Perhaps it really is the deep end of the pool. But once you jump in, the water’s fine.”

My most recent trip was in January of this year – and this image was one shot from my iPhone while driving through the city on my way to a walking tour. More images from my visit to Kolkata are here in my Flickr album.

Up Top – Crossing the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata

Up Top - Kolkata - 2015

When I was in Kolkata, India, we went for an excursion across the Howrah Bridge – to the big train station on the other side. I was shooting with my iPhone 6 out the car window – and captured this “up top” image. I loved the subtle color in the image – and decided to leave in color rather than converting it to monochrome.

It’s one of my favorites from the trip!

A Tailor in Kolkata, India

Tailor - Kolkata - 2015

While out wandering one of the neighborhoods in Kolkata on Sunday, I came across this tailor toiling away at his sewing machine in his tiny shop. Shot with my Fujifilm X100T and processed using VSCO Film 04.

Below is a color version – processed using the Kodak Portra 400 film in VSCO Film 06.

Tailor #2 - Kolkata - 2015

Along the Hooghly River in Kolkata, India

Along the Hooghly - Kolkata - 2010

Three years ago this month I was in India – and my first stop was Kolkata. It was a business trip – and I neglected to pack any serious camera gear – so the limited shooting I did was with either my iPhone or a Canon PowerShot S95.

This image one of the ones shot with my iPhone – probably an iPhone 4 given that date. I was out with a guide in a car touring the city and she had the driver stop along the Hooghly River where I captured this image of the men/boys and their colorful boats – presumably warming up for the day ahead.