Photographer's Note

Orchha is high up on my favourite list as far as Indian destinations are concerned. The very word "Orchha" means "hidden" and, verily, this small town stands for it. It is a hidden archaeological legacy of medieval India, it is a hidden 'throb' of romance and emotional rupture, it is a hidden face of history, a hidden treasure of spiritual tranquility, a hidden poetry written on stones! Hidden .. because very few tourists traveling to India are troubled to visit such small places as Orchha. Those, having a feeling of being endowed with inner aesthetic sense, have to visit Orchha and experience its melodious lull and transcendence.

Orchha is believed to be founded in the 16th century by a Bundela Rajput chief named Rudra Pratap.

Those whove seen pictures of Orchha in my gallery will remember the views of the solemn row of pale brown weed-choked domes and spires, the riverside Chhattris or cenotaphs, which are Orchha's most melancholy ruins. These are temples constructed as memorials to illustrious Bundela kings. The banks of the Betwa river are dotted with 14 of these cenotaphs.

The remarkable silhouettes of these chhatris against the setting sun & their reflections on the still waters of the Betwa are images that will surely stay in our memories for a long time. I walked down the boulders on the river bed, stood on knee deep water to get this angle of what I thought was a perfect reflection of the chhatris.

It's about 30 months since my first post in TE. As I look back, I see a change in my 'photographic style', hopefully for the better, but that's for you as a viewer & critic to decide. Architecture photography continues to be my first love as I go to extents in search of an original POV. But I have tried to diversify, tried to experiment, sometimes do the daring...more people in my shots, more landscapes, a few portraits thrown in, yet I am the first to admit that I'm still scratching at the bottom of the photographic learning curve. But the fact that, for me photography has continued to an obsession, an addiction, can be solely attributable to TE. Now I travel to new destinations, come rain or shine & even bought myself a new DSLR!

My sincere thanks to all who's been a part of my TE journey, especially all my friends here who have taken pains to critique my pictures, offer words of advice, all for the betterment of my photography. I really appreciate your kind words & encouragement.

# 400 is just a personal milestone...the journey continues...As I continue posting my pictures in this site, I would, with your valued feedback, try & reflect on my progress as a photographer as well.

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