My name is Verity and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’d always been a little interested in India. I didn’t think that I’d actually go there, because I thought it might be too intense for me, that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the crowds, the noise, the poverty – all those bad things that the average Westerner often thinks of when they think of India.
But in a difficult personal time of my life, at a time when I thought that I needed a big, fat challenge, I booked a flight to India. I’d been to several countries in Asia before, and I liked them but I didn’t love them, and I sat on the plane thinking “what am I doing?”.
But almost immediately upon arriving in Mumbai, a mega-city with a population of about 22 million people (a little less than the entire population of Australia), I thought “I LOVE it here!”. I’d never felt more alive. I’ve since traveled to India many times, and I’m sure that I’ll continue to travel there regularly for the rest of my life.
I’ve always been a creative person, and I’ve always loved beautiful images. I love taking photographs and over many years I’ve found that my personal visual style is to take photographs of details, of small things that may be overlooked by other people.
To me, India is a country saturated with beauty – there’s beauty everywhere I look. It’s a photographer’s dream. And because there are so many beautiful little details to see in India, if only you look, it’s a dream for me. I hope you enjoy my photos and enjoy learning a little about this incredible country.
This photograph of me, with the top of my head cut off, was taken by my friend at his home in Ganaheda, a village just outside Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan. These beautiful little goats were only a few days old. The Hindi word for goat is bakara/bakari (male/female), one of my favourite Hindi words.