Presented here are some of my favourite images of Hampi the way I like to see it...sometimes a different angle, sometimes a different colour, an ignored corner, a neglected window....An attempt to view the ruins and present the beauty from my point of view.
Sometimes, places, locations, things, etc. are typecast to be viewed only in a certain way...wide-angle for landscape, zoom lens for wildlife...but when we break the shackles, the results can be astonishing...most of the images here are shot with Nikon D50 body along with Sigma 100-300mm F4 lens, handheld.
While I was packing my camera gear for this trip to Hampi in 2012, I did realise that I had already seen enough of Hampi...through my friends' images...and the excitement to shoot my version of typical Hampi sites was not high...so, to keep it interesting, I carried along my Sigma 100-300mm lens, just in case. But, when I started shooting with it, the view of the Vijayanagara empire through the lens turned out to be an all new breathtaking experience....to the surprise and amusement of a photography group that was touring the location at the same time...
Well, here are the results...one of the images went on to be on the cover of an online photography magazine too...so, maybe, sometimes breaking the stereotype is not all that bad!
|the view of the hills ... exactly the same it was 500 years ago|
|Cut vs uncut - almost diamond|
|Heritage behind the stones|
|Destroyed...not in spirit|
|A heap of heritage|
|all the precious stones are bygone history, only the corner stones remain|
|A window to the world|
|PAP, G2SP, RANJIT+.....who else has dreamt of a lover sitting by this window|
|cutting corners on maintenance|
|Queen's jacuzzi - open air, with changing rooms and security....hmmm|
|Imagine walls along the lines...what you get is a sprawling city!|
|Somebody would have touched this rock.....many hundreds of years ago...to give it this poetic shape|