The Spirit of India

I am in wanderlust heaven today as fine art photographers Carretto Studio Photography share their incredible trip to India on Coco Lane.  Filled with enchanting architect, vibrate colours, bustling streets and friendly people, you certainly can feel the spirit of India!

From Andy: This winter, over Christmas and New Year's, I was lucky enough to travel to India with my wife for two weeks. To kick our trip off, we photographed the wedding of an amazing couple at the Oberoi Hotel in Gurgaon, and we spent the rest of our trip exploring a country totally different than our own. We spent time in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Each city had its own distinctive vibe and amazing history, but all were overwhelming and hospitable in a uniquely Indian way. Beautiful colours, packed streets, crowded sidewalks, vibrant markets, and steaming street food were everywhere. All of your senses are bombarded at once. I remember sidestepping a man selling a gorgeous mound of rich purple eggplants in Jaipur, with the smell of frying bread in the air and the clatter of an ox-drawn cart passing in the street. Beside the ox-drawn cart, the street is packed with tuk-tuks, rickshaws, motorcycles, wooden cards, tourist vans, buses, and the occasional elephant. We drank chai from a street vendor in Jaipur who is said to have the best chai anywhere - he charges three times the rate of the average chai vendor because his chai is so remarkable. We offered bananas to monkeys at the Galtaji, and we walked through the labyrinth of old Delhi's markets. We visited the Taj Mahal, which lived up to all the hype - we were in awe of the intricacy and splendour of the white marble inlaid with precious stones. There were stray dogs on every block, but we were touched to see people offering them bowls of rice or setting out blankets so they would have a warm place to sleep. Everywhere, there was colour, noise, and a fusion of old with new that is uniquely Indian. Though I am happy to be back in the states, surrounded by drivers who rarely honk and drive between the lines, I would so love to have another cup of chai from that street vendor or to walk around a bend to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal.

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Photography: Carretto Studio Photography | Film Lab: The Find Lab

 

My background is as a wedding & lifestyle photographer, shooting both digital and film to create authentic, soft and natural fine art photographs. Working primarily with natural light to give my work a beautiful, light and airy touch infused with soft tones. 

I have always appreciated and valued the simple things in life and finding the interesting in the ordinary.  Coco Lane was founded as I wanted to create something that is about an experience, the slower pace of life, cosiness and candlelight, cuddling up on the sofa with loved ones, being with the people you love, sharing food with close friends, a feeling of home, nurturing a chosen career, wanderlust travels, savouring the small moments in everyday life and just being you and enjoying a cup of tea.

I'm excited to bring you stories that promote all those moments in life that give us value and meaning; inspiring  us to live beautifully.

"I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life.  If you are interested in something, no matter what it is. Go at it full speed.  Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all become passionate about it.  Lukewarm is no good" - Roald Dahl