This is an India photo of a young man in Worli in Mumbai
For the photographer, photographs are not so much about art as about telling a story or holding on to a memory about the way things used to be. For him, creating photographs is a straightforward matter. In this photo a young man has been photographed in the Worli area of Mumbai, India.



Worli is a locality in the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra, India photographed in this blog post by the photographer Kristian Bertel during his latest stay in India. Worli historically also spelled Warli, Worlee, Varli was one of the original seven islands that constituted the city of Mumbai.

Worli, once a fishing village

Although primarily a fishing village, the Worli Fort, a British fort that is now in ruins, is located there. Worli has a mosque, the Haji Ali Dargah, on a rock in the sea, which was connected at low-tide to the island by a natural causeway. The island of Worli was connected to the main island of Bombay in 1784, with the completion of the Hornby Vellard. The Hornby Vellard is now known as Lala Lajpat Rai Road. In 1842, the Love Grove sewage pumping station was completed. It has special mitre gates opening to the sea, which are opened during periods of low tide. The pumping station is built on Dr Annie Besant road which was formerly known as the Love Grove Road. Mumbai lies on the western coast of India. It is a group of seven islands in the Arabian Sea which lies off the northern Konkan coast on the west of Maharashtra state in India. These seven islands which were once seperated by creeks and channels were filled and bridged over the years by the inhabitants.


  This is an India photo of an alley in Worli in Mumbai
Indian culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its very own way. Their manners, way of communicating with one another and so on are one of the important components of their culture. This is a photo of an alley in the Worli area of Mumbai, India.



Photographs from Mumbai's neighborhood Worli
When visiting Worli the photogarpher used his camera to capture colorful portraits of the people he was seeing around in the streets in this neighborhood. Worli is a part of South Mumbai which extends from Haji Ali to Prabhadevi. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the neighborhoods of Haji Ali to the south, Mahalaxmi to the east and Prabhadevi to the north. When photographing it is not just straightforward faces in these portraits that talk to the viewer personally. What he finds interesting is the ability to communicate the subject's inner feelings, the area where he or she spends the majority of their time, inside and personal. I have taken photos of people in a variety of locations like streets and in factories and so on and also at the nearest railway station to the neighborhood in Mahalaxmi.


  This is an India photo of an old man from Worli in Mumbai
Even though Indians have accepted modern means of living, improved their lifestyle, their values and beliefs still remain unchanged. A person can change his way of clothing, way of eating and living but the rich values in a person always remains unchanged because they are deeply rooted within their hearts, mind, body and soul which they receive from their culture. The photograph here is depicting an old man in the Worli area of Mumbai, India.



Mumbai, India's largest city
The megalopolitan monster, India's largest city was originally an island archipelago, inhabited by fishermen and Buddhist monks. The islands were acquired by the Portuguese who gavethem to Charles II as a dowry for marrying Catherine de Braganza. In 1668, the Crown offered the lease to the British East India Company for a mere 10 pounds per annum. They rapidly established their west coast headquarters here, carried out massive land reclamation and building projects, and transformed seven muddy islands into the colonial city of Bombay. Since then the city, which changed its name to Mumbai in 1995, has never stop growing. Mumbai city is known as the business capital of India, it being the country's principal financial and communications centre. The city has the largest and the busiest port handling India's foreign trade and a major Interntional airport. India's largest Stock Exchange which ranks as the third largest in the world, is situated in Mumbai. Here, trading of stocks is carried out in billions of rupees everyday. The photographer's photos reveal what it was like to have been there, in that moment, with that person all in that poetry of colors that India is  consisting of. The total population of Mumbai is about 10 millions. It is still growing.


This is an India photo of a woman from Worli in Mumbai
Home to more than one billion people, the subcontinent of India bristles with an eclectic melange of ethnic groups, which translates into moments of cultural diversity. Here a woman in the Worli area of Mumbai, India has been portrayed.



Cultural photographs of Mumbai in India
Traditionally, the first thing a visitor to Mumbai is shown is the Gateway of India, an Indo-Saracenic monument on the waterfront. The last British troops left India via this gateway in 1948 in a symbolic gesture of renunciation of this great city that had been the trading hub of their Empire. Mumbai is the most westernised, cosmopolitan and frenetic city in India. Day and night, its streets teem with people of all complexions, cultures and creeds. It is a city of contradictions and extremes, where phenomenal wealth rubs shoulders with heart-wrenching poverty. The story of Mumbai can not be complete without the mention of Bollywood, the biggest Indian film industry which churns out hundreds of Hindi block-busters every year. Mumbai provides umpteen opportunities to realize one's dreams. Hence, people from all over India, belonging to different cultures come here to realize their dreams. Mumbai has become the melting pot of all Indian cultures. This is the reason Mumbai has a truly cosmopolitan population bustling with activity. It's film industry Bollywood also draws a number of youths with tinsel dreams to Mumbai. Being a major financial center, People from all over the world come here for business opportunities. This has made Mumbai a major International city.

  This is an India photo of an old woman in Mumbai
Mumbai, which was previously known as Bombay is a major metropolitan city of India. It is the state capital of Maharashtra. In Mumbai the photographer took this photo of an old woman in the Mahalaxmi area near Worli in Mumbai, India.



Fascinated by India in each photograph
The photographer had been a keen amateur photographer for many years. However, he had a long-held ambition to travel more and had enjoyed photography, and especially travel photography. Travel photos can be the most memorable photographs and travel photography is one of the most popular activities for those who travel, and also for Kristian Bertel. Once visting India for the first time he was fascinated by this startlingly beautiful country from the beginning. He is a freelance photographer who has been traveling in several provinces of India taking travel photos with a humanitarian eye and he is regular travel blogger with his India photographs and you can write to him here:
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