Venturing out into Varansi’s streets and alleys proved to be fertile ground for street shooting and meeting the local folks. Varansi has 3 million plus inhabitants – and additional thousands and thousands more visitors and pilgrims – all crowded into the tiny streets of the oldest city in India.
Every street is teeming with activity – business done on every corner and in every niche available. Locals streaming through the streets on daily errands and on their way to unknown destinations. Some milling about in groups talking, laughing. Some deep in thought or intent on a book or a newspaper. Porters pressing through the crowds carrying their load on their heads. Bearers calling out as they carry the dead to the crematory ghats on the Ganges. The ever-present cows mixing with the crowds. Dogs running – and sleeping – anywhere and everywhere. It is a noisy, vibrant scene. And perfect for street shooting.