Photo walk in Jaipur/ Street Photography – Faceless Frames ” Hands”

Photo walks?

The first photo walk I ever took was when I bought a DSLR for the first time, a few years ago. I joined a photo walk organized by a leading newspaper on the World Tourism Day, here in Jaipur.

I feel photo walk is a great way to network and meet new people. As for photography, it is counter productive in some ways when a large group distracts people i.e. subject. It’s difficult to photograph people in the natural setting. Also, the photographers start copying each other, often clicking the same subject even when there are plenty of other opportunities. On the other hand, some people feel that it provides you an opportunity to see & learn from the fellow photographers. This is certainly a valid point.

After a long gap, I decided to join a photo walk in Jaipur organized earlier this month by a local photography group on a Sunday morning. The incentive to join this photo walk was to break away from the “usual mindset” rut and think afresh! Sometimes, it’s good to come out of your shell!!

Jaipur Photo Walk in old city area/ Street Photography


This particular picture captures few professional and budding photographers of Jaipur before the photo walk began with a backdrop of heritage buildings of the Pink City.

The theme for this photo walk was “hands”. The walk was routed through the old Jaipur bazaar in the walled city area, which has many heritage buildings & structures. I have never been into clicking portraits which falls under the street photography. Walled city area in Jaipur is a great place for clicking portraits. For this this photo walk, I’m not posting any portrait images; choosing only faceless compositions.So here are 13 Faceless Frames, I composed during this short photo walk of 30 minutes capturing street scenes from Jaipur.

Morning is usually associated with certain routines like visiting a temple, offering prayers, reading a newspaper, drinking tea…


The Invasion!

The gentleman in this picture was enjoying tea at a roadside tea Thela (cart) when a group of photographers swarmed in. He looked disturbed when a few photographers zoomed on his face with zoom lenses, taking an aim at his tea ritual. I settled for his hand though!


Taking stock of the business!

This flower vendor was catching up with the news in a newspaper. In this case, he was flipping through the obituary section. Taking a stock of how his day will be?


Tea Takeaway!!

A tea vendor pours tea into a “takeaway”!


Passing the time!

The person in this picture is a watchman at an undergoing metro(tube) construction site. With nothing to do during the morning hours, he was watching the world go by.



I found this interesting tattoo sign the hands of a boy. I found him sitting along with his friends outside an old temple entrance gate. flower-seller-jaipur-market-hands-theme


This is a picture of a flower vendor. Waiting for the customers.


Fruit Vendor!

A fruit vendor loading and arranging his fruit display. A usual morning ritual before the customers arrive!


The grain seller!

These grain sellers can be spotted across the walled city area in Jaipur. They survive on people looking to earn good karma! As per Hindu belief offering feed or grains to the birds and animals improves your karma!


Preparing for the day!

The flower seller gets into the action as he sorts and trims stem for the bouquet.


All set!

The flower seller waits with the marigold garlands. Marigold garlands are bought by the devotees while offering morning prayers, especially in the commercial establishments where a fresh garland is offered to the God or deity as a daily routine.



A scooter rider waiting by the roadside….for whom? ..No idea!

Finally, these two pictures are my favorite ones.



The above picture is of a poor homeless person. I felt sad-looking at his expressionless face. He was staring at “infinity”. There was so much hiding behind his face. Many stories…..



I clicked this picture at a roadside Thela (cart), a fruit selling vendor. This boy was a four-year old son of a fruit selling lady vendor. He was leaning towards his mother for the security while watching the world go by!

I will love to hear your views and suggestions.

Which picture did you like of all the above?

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98 thoughts on “Photo walk in Jaipur/ Street Photography – Faceless Frames ” Hands”

  1. Such an interesting subject, ‘hands’ 👌 and the fact you took some cool captures on it!! I am yet to do a photowalk…… Maybe this winter ☺ My top 3 the grain sellerm bachpan & tea takeaway 👍
    ……and Arv do try a shot at the video story contest from the streets “It happens only in India”

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    1. Thank you Monica. I will suggest you to undertake a photo walk. It helps to learn and experience new things. Let me check out this contest. I’m not really lucky with contests though.
      Thanks for sharing your point of view and info on contest. 😊👍


  2. I love the last picture the most, coz innocent hands! 🙂 I personally like pictures without humans or faces!
    What’s with that chaiwala pouring tea in a plastic pouch? 😛 Who does tea takeaway in a pouch?!

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    1. I also like that picture because of the innocence associated with little hands, Anupriya. As for the tea takeaway, it’s prevalent among the poor people who can’t afford something appropriate.

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  3. Hello Arv, how are you doing?
    Beautiful post, lovely subject -‘hands’ to photograph, each telling a unique story of its own. I never save a plastic bag used as a tea takeaway, I loved that picture, and the homeless guy picture.

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    1. Thanks Ashu! I don’t advocate using plastic for tea. In fact I don’t use plastic disposable cups either even though they are so common here in India. It’s a very dangerous proposition. When there are dangers in using food grade plastic material, this on the other hand is not even food grade.

      I have some more pictures will share them some other time. Thank you for sharing your choices Ashu ☺

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    1. well said! Even though they say that picture is equivalent to thousand words, fact is unless some context is provided it has no meaning. So to complete a story, context is must. Thanks for sharing your point of view! 🙂

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  4. These various aspects of people in action is a part of professional photography too. In fact, many learn from such shots…and I am sure you would have learned a lot also.
    Sometimes, I go out for random clicks to learn from my mistakes.

    1st and last two would be my picks!

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    1. Frankly I went without any preconceived thoughts or idea. I decided to go with a flow. You are right that these are aspects we all learn through trial and error. Probably, I would have never clicked these pictures had I not participated in this walk. Going out with a fresh perspective certainly helps you to grow as a photographer.
      Going out for photography definitely is a good idea. Would love to see those random clicks. ☺

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    1. Since the theme of the walk was hands, that’s what I focussed on. I do have few pictures with faces. Next time. I understand your preference but sometimes we need to move away from the norm to have a fresh perspective. Will post them soon. ☺


    1. Thanks Madhu. I never thought that by focusing only on hands one can get a new perspective to capture. That’s the beauty of photography, you can always find some new perspective. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Madhu. ☺

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    1. That’s great Momtaz! London is a great place for photography especially street photography. I’m sure you will be suitably rewarded by pictures. Will wait for your pictures then?


    1. Thank you Nurul! None of these pictures are staged. I know moving subject requires different camera settings but I have not used it out here. Try exploring street life whenever you are traveling next time, you will discover something new! 🙂


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