Himalayan details

Bitter Melon, Burra Bazaar, Nainital
Bitter Melon, Burra Bazaar, Nainital

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Lanterns, Camp Kyari, Syat
Lanterns, Camp Kyari, Syat

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Street Caroms, Mussoorie
Street Caroms, Mussoorie

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Tool Shop, Lal Bazaar, Almora
Tool Shop, Lal Bazaar, Almora

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Mohanda's Lunch, Chamoli Village
Mohanda's Lunch, Chamoli Village

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Pink Tarp, Burra Bazaar, Nainital
Pink Tarp, Burra Bazaar, Nainital

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Temple Bells, Sanouli Village
Temple Bells, Sanouli Village

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Mixed Veg, Burra Bazaar, Nainital
Mixed Veg, Burra Bazaar, Nainital

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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Buttermilk, Sanouli Village
Buttermilk, Sanouli Village

Uttarakhand, India 2018

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In the spring of 2018 I spent five weeks in India, in the Himalayan foothills of Uttarakhand state, just west of Nepal. (For a full explanation of what I was doing there, see the text accompanying my Himalayan Hill People gallery.)

Besides the expected landscape and portrait images I went for, I came back with a lot more closeups of details from Indian village and small town life than I anticipated (or was conscious of having shot): images of food and tools and the thousand small objects that furnish and ornament even as hard and impoverished a place as the Himalayan hill country—and especially images of people’s hands, using the things that make up their world.

Some of these compositions could appear just as well in my gallery of Natural Abstracts.

STUART GELZER photography