Every now and then a photograph captures my eye and stays with me for days. This photograph (above), by Amsterdam-based photographer Katrin Korfmann is one of them. If I had stumbled upon it in a gallery – I know I would have bought it on the spot. It is one in a series of aerial photos that Korfmann did of the Hindu Holi Festival. Celebrated on the 14th day of waxing half of Hindu month of Phalguna (February-March), Holi is also known as the Festival of Colors.
For a few days each year, people throughout India put personal quarrels behind them. They set aside differences of caste, religion, sex and age and take to the streets, dusting each other with multicoloured powders and showering friends, family and strangers with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. One happy, exhuberent, rainbow-hued family – welcoming the Spring.
(images discovered here)