About the Book
Reflecting on our journey, what stands out over the varied terrain and natural beauty of India’s landscapes and the incomparable artistry of fairy tale forts, palaces, and temples, are the people: brilliantly arrayed women with ready smiles, laughing children with inquisitive kohl-rimmed eyes, proud turbaned men. We were welcomed, gifted with flowers, fruit, and perfume, served tea and biscuits, samosas and lassis. People beckoned, as curious about us as we were about them, eager to be photographed and to photograph us, delighted to find a common language of images, gestures, laughter, and to share, however briefly, something of their lives.
Volume I includes images from Delhi, Corbett National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Agra, Chambal River Sanctuary, and Varanasi.
Bruce Rosenstiel was drawn to photography by his fascination with wildlife and world cultures. He enjoys photographing all manner of flora and fauna to reveal the extraordinary, and often unseen, diversity and beauty of nature. Likewise, Bruce’s cultural portraits seek to make the foreign accessible by diffusing barriers of difference, creating a visual language of images that focuses on themes of universal human experience: work, play, worship, sorrow, joy. Bruce’s Small World is dedicated to fostering environmental stewardship and cross-cultural understanding, by highlighting the bonds and behaviors between species and across communities, communicating through images when there is no shared spoken language.