India + Italy, January 2017

When I was offered the opportunity to photograph a wedding in Kolkata, India toward the end of last year, the words "yes, absolutely" spilled out immediately. Of course I would, especially given how many times I'd been told how much photographers love traveling to India- the people, the colors, the sights, etc. A whirlwind of a few months later, Nick + I found ourselves shuffling through the Indian visa line somewhat startled- unsure of what to expect - spent the next week in Kolkata (the 12th largest city in the world with a population of 12.7 million), Agra, Jaipur and New Delhi. India was a country of extremes- more sights, smells, sounds, and people than I've ever experienced in one place. I took many of these photos walking wide-eyed around the streets of India, expecting that much of the processing of things we saw would happen after returning home and looking through film scans. After a week in India, we extended a layover in Italy and spent the week driving the clockwise loop to Bergamo, Verona, Venice, Florence, and back up through the Italian alps to Milan. 

Aside from photographing the wedding in Kolkata, I shot mostly 35mm film (Kodak Portra) on my dad's old Leica CL. I hope you enjoy the wonder as much as I do.

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