Over the years I have made so many images of Nizamuddin Dargah, but I still find myself drawn to create images of this place. What is different now is how I am approaching the Dargah, what happens there and how I am trying to tell the stories of this place.
Even though begging is officially illegal in Delhi, there are so many professional beggars. After living here for a while it makes hard to know who is really in need and who is just begging for a job. The gentleman in this image lives close to our house and like so many others is out around the neighborhood regularly, especially during special events.
Muharaam is a time when Shia Muslims around the world celebrate and remember a key Muslim leader named Ali who died many years ago. It is common, like this guy, to see Shia Muslims cutting or whipping themselves to remember Ali.
I have grown used to always being around a lot of people in India. However, sometimes I still find myself ovwhelmed at the sheer mass of humanity. This image is from a festival where there literally people everywhere.
This little parade happened close to our neighborhood and was full of all kinds of festivities, including very loud drums.
During the time when men whip themselves there will be the times when they have literally whipped themselves up into a frenzy and then there are the times when men with water bottles come around, wash them off, if they want, and get them ready for the next round.