One of the things I love most about photographing India is the vivid colours you see everywhere. Nowhere could this be more true than in Goa, as you can see for yourself in my recent post Goa, an unexpected journey. From the ladies’ sarees to the brightly painted houses and temples and the lush green scenery, Goa is full of colour.

So it may seem strange to photograph Indian people in black and white, yet to me it seems that it is only when you strip away the colour that you really see the person being photographed. The colours are simply too distracting.

Portraits from Goa


Selling offerings outside a Hindu temple from a collection of portraits from Goa, India

Above and below: Ladies selling offerings outside Hindu temples. I bought a floral garland from each of them before asking if I could take a few photos.

Selling offerings outside a Hindu temple from a collection of portraits from Goa, India


Above: Two lovely little girls that I met outside a Hindu temple.

Below: The little boy with them, while happy for me to take his photograph, did seem rather bemused. They all enjoyed seeing their photos afterwards as children, and quite often adults do, in most places around the world.

From a collection of portraits from Goa, India

Below: I love this lady’s coy grin. She seemed a little shy at first when I asked her if I could take her picture but was eager to see it and others I had taken in the market in Panaji (Panjim).

A collection of portraits from Goa, India by travel writer and photgrapher, Kathryn Burrington

Below: From this ladies dress and elaborate jewellery I would guess she is not from Goa but from somewhere further north like Rajasthan. I bought a bracelet from her stall at the Saturday Night Market in Arpora just so I could take her picture. I’m rather glad I did as I’ve worn it most days since. And this is one of my favourite photos from the trip.

Indian black and white photography by travel photographer, Kathryn Burrington

FriFotos on Twitter

This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is ‘black and white’ and I’ll be sharing these and other images throughout the day. If you have any black and white images you’d like to share simply add them to a tweet with the hash tag #FriFotos. If you’d like to see what is being shared then search for the hashtag anytime tomorrow.


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