CALCUTTA

In early 2013 I decided that  wanted to learn how to take a more documentary style approach to my work  and so I took a trip to the city of Calcutta, India. 

I joined five other photographers from all over the globe  to take part in a street photography workshop which ran for one week.  The proceeds of which were donated to a charity organisation called "The Hope foundation" which has been established to help the street and slum dwellers in the city.

India is a place I have visited twice before as a tourist but never this far North nor either as a photographer. I up graded my camera before I took my trip and was excited to see what it could do. 

We visited some very interesting locations of which two were slums, a meat and flower market, a hospital and a local children's home. At the centre of them all  The Hope foundation plays an essential role in improving the lives of it's residents, offering clean water and education to name but a vital few.

For years India has attracted  people like me, fascinated by the culture and the way of life and for all it's chaos and controversies it never fails to offer it's visitor colour in abundance and visual overloads. 

I have only scratched the surface of what this beautiful country has to offer during my visits so far but I have no doubt India will call me back again some day. 

Play this song while you have a look through the following images...

Flower seller, Howrah flower market.                                                                                                                                   © Kelly Smith

Flower seller, Howrah flower market.                                                                                                                                  

© Kelly Smith

Tea towel man                                                                                                                                                                       © Kelly Smith

Tea towel man                                                                                                                                                                    

  © Kelly Smith

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Slum boy                                                                                                                                                                               © Kelly Smith

Slum boy                                                                                                                                                                              

© Kelly Smith

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Sleeping Hindu © Kelly Smith

Sleeping Hindu

© Kelly Smith

Slum cow                                                                                                                                                                                                      © Kelly Smith

Slum cow                                                                                                                                                                                                      © Kelly Smith

Slum woman. © Kelly Smith

Slum woman.

© Kelly Smith

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