Saturday, 01 August 2015 02:19

Photo Cliché

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  • Country: India
  • City: Agra
  • Year: 2015
  • Author: Luca Fecarotta

Welcome (again) to the Taj Mahal... the playground for tourists. The magnificent structure (and the sad story that is behind) is a big tourist attraction in India. I often thought about whether to come or not, but being on the way to Delhi, I've chosen to stay a couple of days in Agra, to see with my own eyes what is considered one of the wonders of the world.

Once here the luck did not assist me and with me have come inexorably rain clouds (which happens to me quite often, honestly). Having no desire and time to waste for such a tourist attraction, regardless of clouds, I woke up at dawn to see the sunrise over the Taj Mahal.. foregone conclusion: the sky is completely gray and the sunrise not vsibile. Entered the fort I began to see people jumping everywhere, or occur in the classic pose for photos cliche' that are so fashionable (take the tip of the Taj Mahal has to be very funny). As well known, this (beautiful) place is really photographically overrated and is really difficult to find original ideas.

Paradoxically, every guardian is an expert photographer... when I was walking with my camera, very concentrated, desperately seeking unexplored corners and not photographed, i was almost systematically stopped by the guardians of the place with phrases like: "If you want i show you a place to take a photo" or "if you photograph from there you see the reflection", etc.. so with a smile i replied "no thanks" and inside me I was struggling him
...the pride of a photographer...
The most popular spot is what you see photographed.. this damn bench for which there was a queue far more long than that at the entrance, where an apparent photographer snapped this photo cliche' which I think every Indian has at his house. I wonder if there was a ticket to stand in line.
This is what the Taj Mahal is now, are missing Minnie and Mickey Mouse and we are in Disneyland.

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