Music from what sounded like a drunken high school marching band reverberated down the street full cows, hucksters, potholes and people. I knew the cacophonous sound meant one thing – a celebration. Walking toward the rowdy music, I turn into a courtyard regaled in reds, oranges and the many colors of the rainbow as the misty morning light began to harden. A wedding was at hand! My visual love affair with India is renewed. She never ceases to surprise and delight in a visual feast for the eyes.
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When Aurora photographers Jonathan Kingston, Dan Patitucci and Janine Patitucci, along with 7 other photographers, traveled to India to document the annual Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, they were not expecting to end up with a book. However, after seeing the collective archive of imagery created by the 10 participants, they decided to gather them into a book, titled Pushkar – Gurus, Gods and Camels, which was published by CreateSpace on March 27, 2009. To view the entire book online, or purchase a copy, visit www.gurusgodsandcamels.com.
The group of photographers traveled to Rajasthan to recharge and inspire themselves creatively among the thousands of Indian nomads, gypsies, sadhus, pilgrims, camels, and tourists who travel to the Pushkar Camel Fair annually. When asked about the resulting book, Jonathan Kingston said, “Every morning we would go our separate ways before sunrise and every evening we would meet again well after sunset for dinner and an exchange of stories from the day. One evening towards the end of the fair, another photographer on the trip suggested we pool our collective images into a book and put me in charge of the project. I immediately deferred my new-found responsibilities to the Patitucci’s, who wrangled the images from each photographer, and spearheaded the production of the book. This project goes to show that spontaneous creativity happening collectively can be a powerful force.”
Image by Jonathan Kingston
Images by Janine Patitucci (left) and Dan Patitucci (right)
Image by Dan Patitucci
The first and second jobs I had out of Brooks Institute of Photography were directly due to Paul Liebhardt. While there were many instances during my first job in India that I couldn’t decide whether he was playing an elaborate joke with me as the unwitting victim, Paul set me on a trajectory that I have been following to this day. He once said “The best pictures are taken by those who feel some excitement about life and use the camera to share their enthusiasm with others.” Please – do yourself a favor and share some of Paul’s enthusiasm for life by viewing his images. Click on the image below to go to his site.