Photo by @johnstanmeyer | We came upon these boys at the Ganges River three weeks ago while I was walking with Paul Salopek on @outofedenwalk in Varanasi. They were watching others make their pujas, offerings to the sacred river, one of those moments in passing something pleasantly magical happens. #onassignment @natgeo @outofedenwalk @natgeoimagecollection #india #varanasi #hinduism #boys
Photo by @tasneemalsultan | «I was a guest at a kabaddi game, and thought he was one of the players sitting on the side. So I commented ‘well played!’ He looked at me, confused and replied, ‘Ummmm…Thank you?!!’ Half embarrassed, half not registering what he said, I walked away.» «She redeemed herself at the celebratory dinner, and we started texting a fair bit. Oddly enough, I told my closest friends that I haven’t met this girl yet, but I get the feeling I’m going to marry her.» «I did a little background checkup,» she giggles. «Stalking me on social media helps! She started retweeting, then added me on Facebook by mistake while she was telling how crap Facebook was to get to know someone. And she still claims to have no idea how to use the internet,» he chimes in jokingly. «I told my best friend I’m marrying Suhail on our second date.» #indianwedding #mumbai #wedding #love #india
Photo by @amivitale | Manisha and Jasmin Singh stand in an ancient water well in the city of Jaipur in India’s Rajasthan Thar desert. This is the bottom of a stepwell that once was full of water. As wells dry, villagers have to travel farther and farther to find water and resources, with the brunt of this task falling on the shoulders of women.
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Photo by @richardbarnes | For a story on laser archaeology, I photographed a site called Rani-ki-Vav, “the queen’s stepwell,” in Patan, Gujarat, India. Stepwells are used to obtain water, and can go as deep as seven or eight stories into the ground. Rani-ki-Vav was constructed to resemble an inverted temple that descends to seven levels, emphasizing the spiritual aspects of water. It was constructed in the 11th century as a monument by Queen Udaymati in memory of her husband. The stepwell was flooded by a nearby river and wasn’t excavated until the 1980s. The carvings of Hindu deities were incredibly well preserved by the silt over the centuries. Today, this site is a place of gathering and celebration. The technicians from CyArk with whom I worked used laser scanning technology to survey and record every inch of the monument, which required scaffolding and repelling down the interior walls to the water source below. #CyArk #laserarchaeology #preservation #archaeology #ranikivav #India
Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | Biki Malavath, whose age is unknown, holds her great-granddaughter, nicknamed Milky. Biki Malavath and Milky live in a village in India’s Telangana state and are part of the Lambadi, a «scheduled tribe» considered to be one of India’s more disadvantaged communities. #tribe #India #scheduledcaste #portrait
Video by @JohnStanmeyer | It’s always welcoming when you meet someone who is so giving, alive, and colorful. That’s who the Peanut Man was to me, during a brief roadside snack while working on the Nat Geo @outofedenwalk story, as we neared Delhi. I am returning to India for the second half of the Out of Eden Walk story. Follow me on this month-long journey @johnstanmeyer, for IG stories each day as we travel from the Mela in Allahabad to the India/Myanmar border.
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Photo by @CristinaMittermeier | A tangle of blue netting blankets the ground as small-scale fishermen mend their nets. With a significant decrease in high-value fish in the area, it can be difficult to get a fair day’s catch. However, with an annual two-month-long fishing ban in place by the government of Tamil Nadu, the waters are, for a short period of time, free of mechanized trawlers. This may allow fish stocks to recover enough so that fishermen can return to their humble boats, in hopes of catching more than a handful of fish a day. Overfishing, pollution, and climate change have all diminished fish stocks upon which these men depend. Extended bans and better management are imperative to prevent a complete collapse. #FollowMe at @CristinaMittermeier and explore my feed for more photos of communities whose health is linked to that of our oceans. #India #fishing #ocean #community #photography
Photo by @edkashi | Laborers prepare the Marakkanam salt pan fields for harvest near Pondicherry. This intensive labor, often under the scorching Indian sun, combined with a lack of hydration, contributes to CKDu (loss of kidney function), which in the state of Tamil Nadu alone has caused more than five percent of the population to contract this disease. The population of this southeastern Indian state is more than 68 million people. #ckdu #chronickidneydisease #India #saltponds #tamilnadu #workers #salt
Photo by @pedromcbride | A man gives an offering to some furry friends at the end of India’s most sacred—and most polluted—river, the Ganges, which flows 1,500 miles and sustains 500 million people. To see more wild places, follow @pedromcbride #ganga #india #dogs #petemcbride
Photo by @sarahyltonphoto | I began working with a hijra community, including transgender and intersex people, when I was getting to know the city of Mumbai by train. I would stop by the settlement where they stayed as a family. At first they were ambivalent and distrustful, then my camera broke, and numbers and contacts would change frequently. It was all a test to see whether I was worthy enough to spend time with them and really get to know the intricacies of this vibrant city of Mumbai. #Mumbai #India #hijra #genderfluidity