I had been waiting to visit the Matura region of India to photograph Holi festival for some time and this march we finally had the chance. The small town of Vridravin is the birth place of Krishna and the location where Holi is celebrated at its most vigour’s. The early morning is all about playing with colour on the streets whilst making the pilgrimage to the vast amount of Temples that line Vridravins streets. All the fun and games then meets in the town’s biggest temple for a 5 hour celebration of the birth of Krishna and to see in the beginning of spring.
I have shot in some tough conditions before from Semana Santa in Guatemala, Sand storms in Namibia to shooting Gorilla’s in torrential rain in the jungles of Uganda but nothing could have prepared me for this. From the minute you are on the streets powdered paint is been thrown at you from ground level whilst children adorn the rooftops spraying you with coloured water. It is quite literally coming at you from every angle. You may be mistaken for thinking that keeping your lens clean would be the hardest part. Whilst that is fairly hard it’s your eyes that real struggle as they are filled with dust and gunk from the word go. There was points when I was right in the mix were I was working blind. Not an ideal scenario for a photographer!