From learning how to make yellow ink from cow urine to watching funeral pyres burn in Varanasi, I realized that I would have to spend a lifetime here to grasp the immense value of her art, stunning architecture, fascinating food and love of all that is beautiful.
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India has always been a land that has fascinated me; from the stories of The Jungle Book to A Little Princess, I have held India and its mysteries in high regard. Since I have yet to travel overseas, pictures and videos are how I usually indulge my interest in the area.
Debra Schoenberger's collection of photography drew me in from the very cover. I know it is difficult to capture the essence of such a vast and diverse land, but this does definitely gives the reader a peek into each part of India without being excessive. Debra's photography captures the vast landscapes, city life, the amazing people, architecture, animals, textiles, and the intricacies of daily life that are often overlooked. Some of my personal favorite photos are of the abandoned structures that have always held magic, mystery and untold stories. I also enjoyed the landscapes and animals that contrast with the extreme the densely populated cities and remind me of the stories in The Jungle Book. The glimpses into the lives of the people who live in the majestic land, the smiles, the winks- these photos hold the most power. My only complaint is that I wish the photos had captions so that I knew what I was looking at, especially the buildings and the areas that they were taken.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Debra Schoenberger aka #girlwithcamera
"My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.
I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor's favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC. I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I'm always looking for the unusual.
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What it’s like to go to a movie theatre in India
By Debra Schoenberger
Going to the theatre in my home of Victoria, Canada is pretty low key. I am usually one of the youngest persons in the audience, the rest of the seats filled with senior citizens.
I had never been to a movie theatre in India before that was looking forward to the experience. I had heard from friends that “the back seats are the best” and the intermissions are long so you can go “grab a samosa to nibble on” while waiting for the movie to begin again.
Indian or Bollywood movies are traditionally much longer than Hollywood movies, between 2-4 hours (hence the need for an intermission). The audience is made up of mostly young people but I noticed that whole families, including grandparents were there to enjoy the show.