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Photo Story: India with Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Specs: Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8f
Yasmin says: "This is one of the most magical things I have seen! It was 5:30am and I had just arrived in Varanasi off a sleeper train. I got to my guesthouse and instinctively climbed the 7 flights of stairs to see the sunrise over the famous Ganges River. As I looked over the side of the rooftop terrace my jaw dropped in disbelief. Below were mothers, fathers, children, cats, dogs and monkeys all sleeping on their rooves. It was mid summer in Varanasi (46 degrees around midday) and sleeping without AC was pretty difficult. Can you spot the curry?"
This photograph was featured as National Geographic's ‘Photo of the Day’ on October 26th 2015.

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Taj Mahal, Agra, India.
Specs: Kodak 400, Nikon FM2
Yasmin says: "The Taj Mahal is one of the most amazing things I have seen. I lost my shit, shot 6 rolls of film and probably walked around with my mouth open the whole time." 

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: On the road on Rajasthan, India.
Specs: Kodak 400, Nikon FM2
Yasmin says: "We had stopped on the side of the road for fuel or cigarettes for our driver, these two were so eager to talk to us. I asked if I could take their picture and all of a sudden she was so serious and her brother became shy."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Amer, Rajastan, India
Specs: Kodak 400, Nikon FM2
Yasmin says: "An alternative form of transport seen on the roads on India."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Hampi, Karnataka, India.
Specs: Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8f
Yasmin says: "Hampi is a place like no other in India and indeed the world. It has a landscape of rocky boulders that go for miles in between green vegetation and a lot of temples like this one. It is said to be the inspiration for ‘The Jungle Book’. When you are there you can just image Mowgli swinging from the trees."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Hampi, Karnataka, India.
Specs: Fuji 200, Nikon FM2
Yasmin says: "These antique coins were being sold roadside in Hampi, India."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India.
Specs: Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8f
Yasmin says: "This man was one of the most charismatic people I met in India. So loud and hospitable when welcoming people into his temple. I asked to take his photo and he did this pose for me."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Golconda Fort, Hyderabad, India.
Specs: Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8f
Yasmin says: "When I look back at the photographs I took at Golconda Fort, they all are archways and doorways. The way the light bounced through made them even more beautiful."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Palolem Beach, South Goa, India.
Specs: Fuji 200, Nikon FM2
Yasmin says: "I saw this photograph happen and was glad I had my camera there to capture it. There are so many dogs on the beach at Palolem, as well as cows and birds. And they all co-exist and sometimes cuddle up together."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Kurseong, Darjeeling, India.
Specs: Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8f
Yasmin says: "Heading north east in India was such a different experience. Up in the mountains everything is green and lush, tall and beautiful. This is in a park at the top of the little hill station town of Kurseong. This gate made me think of the Chronicles of Narnia, a little magical. Kurseong is famous for producing the best tea in the world, the tea that the Queen of England exclusively buys."

Image by Yasmin Mund

Image by Yasmin Mund

Location: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Specs: Canon 6D, 24-70mm 2.8f
Yasmin says: "Everything is done in the holy river Ganges. You pray by it, you wash yourself in it, you play and swim in it, you sail in it, you drink it, you sell your wares by it. If you have buffalo, you also bath them in it. It is said that scientists are still baffled by how ‘clean’ the water is considering the amount of pollution that is put into the waters. After all, it is holy water."


about the photographer

Yasmin Mund is a multiple award winning photographer and image-maker based in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, Australia. She has a background in design and visual communications and calls her work 'travel art'. She likes to use her work as signifiers of a place - instead of depicting the obvious 'travel photos' she wants to remind people of the connection and feelings that they experienced when they were there as well as inspiring people to go somewhere they haven't been.

Fine art prints are available for purchase via Yasmin's website www.yasminmund.com or follow Yasmin on Instagram www.instagram.com/yasmin_mund

Yasmin Mund

Sydney, NSW,