First time I shot Thaipusam in Singapore was in 2015 (Link opens in new tab). It was such a grueling experience for me that it took me few days to get it out of my head. Entire event was so high in emotional quotient that I made sure I will attend this event without failure in future. So when this year dates were announced, I had to go. Singapore gives me ample opportunity to shoot cityscapes and landscapes but very few to shoot emotions, people and culture.
While I was just preparing for the shoot, on 23rd of January (one day before the event) I got an email from National geographic that they have published one of my image (from 2015) on their website in “celebration” category.I was elated to read what Associate producer of NatGeo had to say about my image. Small pleasures of a Photographers Life 😉
I was pretty excited to shoot the event again and posted on Facebook that I would be going to shoot the event and if anyone would like to join me for the shoot. I got an overwhelming response from people and ten people decided to join me for the shoot. Though three of them ditched us at last moment. We decided to shoot from 7AM and continued shooting till 11AM, followed by a sumptuous South Indian Brunch and an awesome discussion. I met a few devotees I had shot last year. I showed them their last year clicks on my phone and they were happy to see them. In return they gave me special attention and nice poses. They asked me to email/whatsapp their images, to which I duly obliged.
Since I have already written about the religious aspect of this festival in my last year post I would not repeat it here. I would let pictures do the talking.
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