Meeting people from different backgrounds and understanding that you’re different and the same at the same time really broadens your horizons. Yet most of us can’t travel to all the corners of the world. However, just because we can’t shake hands with a person from a distant place doesn’t mean we can’t get introduced to them as well. Enter photographer Magdalena Bagrianow.
This UK-based Polish photographer has traveled to India with a camera in her hand and took quite a few portraits of the locals. And they’re so powerful, you can almost feel the emotions the subjects were going through at the time. Many of the shots were taken in their usual surroundings as well, only strengthening the sense of sincerity.
Although India’s population growth has been steadily decreasing since the beginning of the 1990s, the country still ranks as the second most inhabited. The 1,3 billion people that live there equate to about 17.5% of the total world population.
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Portrait of a beautiful Kalbelia gypsy named Suman, taken at Pushkar fair grounds
Portrait of a Sadhu, Hindu Holy man, taken in the streets of Pushkar
Portrait of a cute gypsy boy, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds
Beautiful Kalbelia girl with her baby sister. Portrait taken in the outskirts of Pushkar
Beautiful Suman from Kalbelia caste, portrait taken at the annual fair in Pushkar
Portrait of an old Rajasthani woman, taken in the streets of Pushkar
Papu and Mamtu, mother and daughter from the Bhopa caste, both considered to be one of the most beautiful women in Rajasthan
Maya, gypsy girl from Bhopa caste
Young gypsy girl from the Kalbelia caste
Portrait of an old Rajasthani herder taken on the cold morning at the camel fair
Portrait of a little Omani girl, taken in the Mutrah Souq
Portrait of a little Rajasthani girl, taken in the streets of Pushkar
“FORGET YOUR TROUBLES AND DANCE” – Bob Marley. Sagina, beautiful girl from Kalbelia caste dancing at the Pushkar Fair grounds
Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader, taken during annual Pushkar Fair
Portrait of Suman, beautiful girl from Kalbelia caste, taken at the annual Pushkar Fair
Portrait of a Sadhu, Hindu holy man, taken in the streets of Pushkar
Portrait of a gypsy girl from the Bhopa caste, taken in the outskirts of Pushkar
Portrait of a little Rajasthani boy, dressed as a Hindu God Lord Shiva. Photo was taken in the streets of Pushkar, where he was accepting money/offerings from the passing by locals and tourists. In the Hindu religion/culture offerings are considered to be a goodmother was at his side all the time, watching over him. It’s custom for kids and adults to get dressed up as a Hindu Gods/Goddesses during religious festivals.
Green eyed gypsy named Mamtu from Bhopa caste
Portrait of beautiful girl from the Kalbelia caste, taken at the Pushkar Fair grounds
Taj Mahal on the foggy morning
Portrait of a Rajasthani baby boy, taken at the Pushkar Fair grounds
Portrait of a Rajasthani camel trader
Portrait of a Sadhu, taken in the streets of Pushkar
Portrait of a Rajasthani boy with dead cobra on his neck. Photo taken at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur
A cross-dresser dressed up as a Hindu Goddess is offering his blessings in return of money from the tourists and local people
Rajasthani herder amongst his camels at the Pushkar Fair
Portrait of a gypsy mother and her son, taken at the Pushkar fair grounds
Four sisters gathered at front of their family tent at the Pushkar fair grounds