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his photography and thoughts about his photograph from Rajasthan, India.
|Picture of a nomad Indian girl in the Great Indian Desert in Rajasthan, India.|
India is perhaps one of the most stunning and amazing places on earth. Most noted and talked about today for their advancements in the tech industry, the country is deep with history and tradition. This picture blog shows the stunning faces of India, and how diverse and beautiful the people are, who are living in one of the most amazing countries in the world.
The picture of an Indian girl
Kristian Bertel's iconic picture of a nomadic girl is captured in the golden Thar Desert in Rajasthan. This desert is a large, arid region in the northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent and forms a natural boundary running along the border between India and Pakistan. The piercing eyes of the girl that has graced the front page of his website since 2008 and has become known as the 'Indian Girl'.
Photographer Kristian Bertel was a on journey and visited a nomad family in the Great Indian Desert, India, where he was photographing a story on India. He cheerfully began photographing many of the children.
Kristian noticed one young girl with striking brown eyes. "After taking a couple of frames, her first laughter was away and I had a chance and encouragement to keep taking more frames of this girl. She was looking into the lens with her intense and focused gaze. I was convinced that I had something great. A picture caught in a mere moment."
He shared his thoughts on the child: "There's a real emotion and a real beauty in the picture. Her expression is ambiguous - she's obviously poor because she is living in these conditions and her hair is kind of dirty. But through that there's a dignity and a perseverance and fortitude."
Picture blog with pictures from India
Kristian is known for his Indian pictures, which started as an ongoing project on India in 2008. He began taking humanitarian-based images of the Indian people and their life conditions. He turned his attention to documentary photography and his work is published on his website, which contains 12 galleries that describe common life in India. At around this period he came to the attention of poverty in the Indian cities and he began to document child beggars. He shot a seminal essay on India’s street children called 'Child Beggars of New Delhi', an essay, where his pictures became more photojournalistic motivated.
Photography on National Geographic
Kristian's work has been shown internationally on National Geographic Traveler as Travel Favorite Photos and his photos have been nominated for 'Your Shot' in the Nordic edition of National Geographic Magazine. Kristian, a dedicated traveller, always tries to depict life in a pure and simple - yet sensitive, manner, uncluttered and unstaged. Giving the viewer the feelings and emotions, he experiences while shooting is what he tries to accomplish in each photograph.
Photography in slideshows
Kristian's photographic work, with more than 400 photos from India, can be seen as slideshows on his website. Kristian has depicted his journey in carefully selected series of photographs. He shows a collection of imagery featuring photographs of Indian people, cityscapes and landscapes, as well as everything in between - a true slice of life of modern and traditional India. His exhibitions galleries are arranged over 12 themes with works selected from his 2008 voyage. They tell the story of a photographer’s development in the subcontinent with over 400 works that have been brought together for the first time. It encompasses social realism and reportage of everyday moments, snaps from the villages and street photography from the cities.
Light and color
"I usually have a camera with me and I’m always looking. I may not shoot everyday but it is all part of the process of learning how to see and discovering what interests me photographically. For me, it starts with an appreciation of light and color. Light produces color. It can be soft or intense.
Color can provoke or excite as well as inform. At their best, light and color can come together at a moment in time and create an atmosphere, emotional response and/or a sense of place and for me, that is the power and joy of the color of light."
India, a country blessed with enormous diversity and great attractions. India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world with a kaleidoscopic variety and rich cultural heritage. India's history and culture is dynamic, spanning back to the beginning of human civilization. It begins with a mysterious culture along the Indus River and in farming communities in the southern lands of India. The history of India is punctuated by constant integration of migrating people with the diverse cultures that surround India. Incredible India has been imprinted with the heritage, culture right from the Pre-historic Indus Valley Civilisation through the ancient Vedic ages followed through with the formation of Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, which again was trailed by Sultans, Mughul, and European colonies.
A wonderful place to visit
India is the land of cultures, traditions, diversity and beauty and is one of the most sought after vacation destinations across the globe. India is known for its rich traditions and diversity. A diversity in its culture, food clothing, and languages has made the country unique. India's ancient culture, the rivers, mountains, vegetation and exotic spices, make the country a wonderful place to visit.
Rich and multi-layered cultures
India's rich and multi-layered cultures are dominated by religious and spiritual themes. While it is a mistake to assume that there is a single unified Indian culture, there certainly are unifying themes that link the various cultures. India's cultural heritage is expressed through its myriad of languages in which much great literature and poetry has been written. It can be seen in its music - both in its classical, Carnatic and Hindustani forms and in modern Bollywood music. India also has a vast tradition of classical and folk dances. Art and theatre flourish amongst the bustling cities of the country, against the backdrop of the ever expanding western influences.
Wide range of diversity
His portraits show a wide range of diversity and he explores close bonds and with the populations through contemporary portraits. His galleries take a look at the built environment, social documentary and street photography as well. Kristian's photos give an inside view of how modern and rural India have been shaped through the lens of a photographer. "As a photographer, you see the best and the worst of humanity. You’re lucky when you’re able to witness the best. But when you see the worst, you truly realize how fortunate you really are. Every day is a different experience and as a photographer I’ve had so many different and great experiences." And he continued: "I travel to open my heart and eyes and to learn more about the world. But more significantly, I try to carry the values and the beliefs of the places I visit in many parts of the world."
Since 2008, he has been exhibiting his works, most recently at his website. Focusing on travel photography the photographs of the photographer are displayed in galleries on his website.
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Listed in photography directories
Kristian Bertel's website is listed in many photography directories. This gives him the great joy of giving his viewers an insight into his world of photography where light and color means everything. His website is listed on ProsPhotos and Photography Directory Project, which are photography website directories with photography websites.
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