When I was at school I learnt about the Taj Mahal. It was a building in India that was built by a King for the love of his lost wife. She died and he built a fantastic mausoleum in memory of her passing and as a place for her burial. I knew that it was beautiful and that it was impressive. But… none of that learning did the real thing justice.
I have debated a big teaching type blog where I write about the reasons and history of the Taj but in the end it feels hollow. The Taj is something that is beyond words for me.
We arrived in Agra in a rush of bike problems (stalling and not starting again etc) and when we finally checked in to our hotel, as quoted with Taj views from the restaurant deck, it was better than I had imagined. We were paying about $20/night and had awesome views compared to the hotel next door where they were paying $300/night for the same views.
Up close and personal when you get through the gates to the monument it is better than I could have guessed. I had read ‘how to photograph the Taj Mahal’ advice online and while it helped I think that this is one of the few places I have ever been where you could never mess it up.
The Taj Mahal is truly breathtaking. A pure white building of glorious marble that glows in every light.
Dave was busily telling me that 10 minutes at the monument would be fine – he had books lined up to read while I photographed to my hearts content. In the end he read not a word. He had forgotten just how captivating this building really was.
So rather than talk about it I figured I would just show you my view of the Taj – a monument to a man’s love for his wife…
The view of the Taj from the gardens that run along side the river. Shot on a long lens in late afternoon. There wasn’t much light but I loved the shapes. It was one of my first photos.
We came in through the east gate (there are 3) at dawn and my mission was a reflecting shot without all the people – TICK 🙂
Fellow travellers and us traded photos – this is us in front of the Taj. Original – no, but a definite keepsake 🙂
The Taj in the dawn light.
Literally X marks the spot to get the building in the arch – so who was I to argue 😉
Not typical but very much what we saw as the sun came up.
South eastern corner – the entire building is perfectly symmetrical but I loved the light on this corner.
When you first walk in there are massive arched gates leading in to the complex. I ignored them upon entry to get the shots that were on my list but came back at the end to get the “classic” Taj shot 🙂
This is potentially the most controversial of all of my Taj shots but the one I love the most. This is a building that has been ‘done to death’. It is very difficult to get a ‘new’ perspective on a well known building so I tried a heap of different things. This for me is very Taj. It drew me in and made me feel a warmth even though the building is a hard crisp white. This image was ‘my Taj’ I guess.
No matter what you may think of the mausoleum or the pictures that I have caught – if you ever get to India and have a chance to see the Taj – GO! It is truly awesome. Oh, and stay at the Taj Plaza 😉