India – a Land of Color

India – a Land of Color

India is a land of color. Rich, saturated color. Everywhere you turn, more color, richer, more dazzling than before. For the Hindu, colors play a very important role in the religion and culture and have a very deep significance, much more than just decorative. In essence, color is a large part of the Indian consciousness.

The Colors of India
Kumba Mela, Allahabad

A Sadhu dressed in saffron, the color of holy men and ascetics who have renounced the world. Wearing the color symbolizes the quest for light and truth.

The Colors of India
The Ghats of Varanasi in the Morning Light
The Colors of India
Rickshaw Puller Passes a Hindu Temple, Kolkata
The Colors of India
Bangles For Sale, Varanasi

Indians love color. The more intense, the more saturated, the more sodden the colors, the better.

The Colors of India
Marigolds Floating on the Ganges, Kumba Mela, Allahabad
The Colors of India
A Traveling Minstrel, Kolkata
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Women Drying Their Saris, Kumba Mela, Allahabad


There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.” 

___Keith Bellows, National Geographic

The Colors of India
Durga Puja Festival, Kolkata
The Colors of India
Durga Puja Festival, Kolkata
The Colors of India
Durga Puja Festival, Kolkata
The Colors of India
Near Allahabad
The Colors of India
Near Allahabad

But, when I think of India, I think of her women, from all walks of life, dressed in those beautiful, saris, bejeweled in their gold bracelets and necklaces. Stately, elegant, beautiful. That’s my image of India.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 38 Comments

  1. Your pictures show a beautiful array of colour. Stunning.

    1. Thank you Colline and thanks for visiting.

  2. Beautifully captured, Ron! I love the colors of India, and you portray them perfectly. Saturation in more ways than one! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you as always Cathy. Yes India is saturated in more ways than one.

  3. Thank you for showing your love for my country πŸ™‚ Nice pictures πŸ™‚

    1. You are more than welcome. India is very special to me.

  4. Wow! Thanks for giving us a window into another world.

  5. Absolutely beautiful! Full of life and colour….I love them!

    1. Thanks Ilargia, for your comment and for visiting.

  6. Gorgeous photos. I have never been to India, but all the photos I’ve seen show such beautiful colors.

    1. Indeed, India is a beautiful, unique place. Thanks for your kind comment.

  7. I’ve always wanted to go to India, I hope to get there some day and have my senses overloaded. Beautiful pictures as always!

    1. I hope you will be able to go someday. It is truly a special place. Thanks for you comment.

  8. Can there be a more alive and visually exciting nation in the world, Ron? Your photos are extraordinarily beautiful. πŸ™‚

    1. Everything you say about India is right. It is a place like no other. Thanks for you comment.

    2. Thanks Jo for your generous comments. India is a place like no other.

  9. stunning photograph! India is a photographers dream

    1. Well said. India is a photographers delight. Thanks for your comment

  10. Thanks to Jo I discovered your blog. Your photos are exceptionally beautiful (and I love your theme which permits you to stretch the pictures right across the screen)

    1. I am happy you found my blog and that you are enjoying it. Thank you.

  11. Fascinating and beautiful series, rich in colour and textures.

  12. From the colorful bangles and powders to vibrant saris, this is a stunning set, Ron. How long were you in India?

    1. Thank you Tricia, as always. This past time I was in India almost three weeks. Lynne and I are returning early next year for a month; mostly southern India this time.

  13. You photos are beyond BEAUTIFUL! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing them with us! India is such a beautiful country. Would love to visit someday.

    1. Thank you Gabriela. India is lovely and I hope you do get to visit.

  14. PS: …and I just had to tweet them! ^^

  15. Wonderful evocative photos Ron. I love India. Like Keith Bellows it got into my heart from the first time I went. I’ve been three times and will go again early in the new year. It’s a remarkable place.

    1. Alison, good for you. What are will you visit? I’ve been three times as well.

      1. Just to Rishikesh this time. Last time Rishikesh and Haridwar, and before that a whole bunch of places – Varanasi, Agra, Delhi, Rajasthan, the Pushkar Camel Fair, etc. It’s such an amazing country.

  16. Really amazing post friend, I like your work. Here is a new friend, Stay connected always.

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