It sublime to capture things that ordinary people might not even see or imagine. As a photographer, I do look around to witness such imaginative skills that not only signify how the mind works, but also express hidden and boundless thoughts and emotions . Such stories are worth the time. Here is a very simple yet beautiful account written by Thomas Leuthard about his visit to Mumbai.
I came to Mumbai at Christmas Eve 2012 without having any expectations. I didn’t even read anything about the city on order to not be spoiled with outside information. There were people suggesting to take my photos in color while being in India. I was open to this suggestion, but in the end it turned out that color would not have changed anything to the expression of my photography. I was staying close to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus as I love train stations. That was the only thing I knew before, that this place would be interesting. I went there every day in the morning and some of my trips to other parts of the city started there. For me it was not interesting to see any tourist attractions or walking through the rich areas. I wanted to see life as it happens on the street. And there is life everywhere in the streets of Mumbai. No matter what time of the day you go out, there is always something going on. I took the local trains to different parts of Mumbai, visiting Dharavi Slum, Bandra Station, Central Station and so on. Looking at the map of the city, I have not seen a lot. The people were very open and friendly towards photography. For them it seems to be an honor to be photographed by a white stranger. Sometime it was even too much as everyone wanted to be in the photo. I have seen a lot of things you don’t see in western Europe. I have tasted very good food on the streets sitting together with locals not talking the same language. I was as a stranger in the middle of hundreds of Indian people looking at me, since I was not fitting the normal image of a person there, but I never felt afraid. For me it was a great experience to be different and to feel a certain distance. I have seen very interesting characters and strong faces. Although it seems to the beholder that I have captured poverty only, for me it was my view and my interest I had, which I captured. I would visit Mumbai or any other big city of India at any time again…
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