India Now

Often photos of India show the poorer side of life. It is true that photojournalism has done much to alleviate the state of the poor by exposing their plight to the world. Too often though we fail to photograph evidences of positive economic growth and modernization of ancient cultures such as in India today.

Rich and Poor

Lotus temple in the evening sky

Some of the most beautiful temples and palaces in the world are found in India such as the Taj Mahal and the modern Lotus Temple in Delhi built in 1986. By all means capture these instantly recognizable examples of India’s past and present. Iconic images are the images that travel websites and promos demand. Ensure that you give them the best light and composition. The Taj Mahal has been photographed hundreds of thousands of times so only the finest or more unusual images will beat the competition.

India, udaipur: lake palace

Sunset on the Taj Mahal

Don’t neglect the aspects of life in modern India that are often in the news but missing from the Dreamstime collection. Many of India’s palaces in places like Rajasthan are now luxury heritage hotels. India has become one of the world’s top destinations for medical tourism. Wellness tours and travel that combines medical procedures with a recovery at a spa are gaining in popularity and potential as India becomes a major global health destination.

The opening of India’s doors to import goods of all kinds in the last decade combined with India’s soaring economy have created a new middle class and added new names to the list of wealthy families. India now has a growing wine industry, with internationalists and sophisticated young Indians enjoying the range of selections available at chic restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai.

The daily dress mode for the hip urban young is blue jeans and for the girls cute embroidered" Kurti" tops, a slim-downed shortened version of their parents national dress, the Kurta that Ghandi wore.

Serious Thoughts

Handsome Guy

The wealthy are supporting an exploding business for important Indian artists. New cars daily join the crowded roads. Big hunky sport wagons are the choice of wealthy young men. Heavy traditional gold jewelry is replaced on the wish list of some young women in the big cities by a desire for diamonds set in western designs. On any Saturday, every jewelry store in the major cities are packed--standing room only--with jewelry shoppers. Haute couture is found in the boutiques of the big hotels such as the shops in the Imperial Hotel in Delhi. Certainly India has always had great wealth as well as huge areas of poverty. Now the middle is expanding.

The time is now for India and for Dreamstime’s Indian photographers and visitors to photograph both the old and the new of beautiful India.

Guy with Car

Young female journalist

Bombay Party Girl

Business Abroad

Indian Woman - White Wine

Woman doctor.

Indian business man smiling.

Ellen Boughn
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May 28, 2008

I love India!


May 16, 2008

India is damn great. I am proud to be Indian. India is perhaps the only country with almost more than 10000 cultural varieties. In the coming years it is going to take quantum leap and then there will be colossal changes in life style of urban as well as rural people. As of today the rustic charm still prevails. But this country presents inexhaustible material to any photographer.


May 09, 2008

Good article!

As one of the biggest developing country, India has gained great achievements in many areas especialy in its economy.
New India is hopeful. It must contribute more to the world civilization.


May 01, 2008

Hey guess what even I had the same opinion why people think India is poor, Well being a Indian myself I guess we all should write and make people aware of our modern India. Few things here
Can you believe we have our own Formula One Team, We make more films than Hollywood, We had few Miss Worlds and Miss Universe, Taj Mahal is one of the Wonders of The World, And our ads are considered one of the best in the world. I can write many here, But truly Mere Bharath Mahan


April 28, 2008

This is common when you travel abroad. I take vaccination when I am go to America or Europe or any other Asian or African country. This is because of climate, water and food changes. I have seen many outsiders which do not take such kind of precautions and still return home fit and fine. I think we both are not so tough.




April 28, 2008

Very good article, let me know more about today's India.

India is our Chinese neighbour, our two countries are all ancient civilized countries in the world. It is the beautiful song in film and film that India leaves the deepest impression on me.

I hope China and India maintain harmonious and friendly relationships, the progress together.


April 27, 2008

"Wellness tours and travel that combines medical procedures with a recovery at a spa are gaining in popularity and potential as India becomes a major global health destination."

I find this pretty funny actually. I am a US citizen and will be traveling to Mumbai next month on business.
I was required to have four vaccinations.
India still has wild Polio virus and a witches brew of others bugs.
I was also given malaria pills to take daily as a prophylaxis while there.

Not the kind of place I would think of as a health resort destination!


April 24, 2008


Beautiful article Boughn!

Yes India is beautiful country and hot favorite among the most talented photographers like Steve Mccurry. Rate of modernization in India is eye catching still India has maintained its rich heritage.




April 23, 2008

Thanks so much for all the compliments from our Indian photographers. Keep shooting!


April 23, 2008

New article posted: India Now

Heartiest Congratulations for your article Boughn.

With this I also hope more and more Photographers and Artist should be drawn to DT. India has the finest and the best talented Photographers, Visualizers and Ad Designers amongst the world. We in India create world's best ads and TV Commercials. We have world's most beautiful female models.

In this era of stock imaging, representation of Indian Talents and their images are very less on DT. I would request DT to approach Indian Market in a big way.


April 23, 2008

Congrats Thefinalmiracle (Nikhil Gangavane) for getting featured in this blog. :)


April 23, 2008

Very Nice article! Believe me I was planning to write a blog on the same issue & very soon will do. If you search within my portfolio with word poverty you will not get a single image. This is not just by coincidence but I don't like to put the only negative side up.


April 23, 2008

Great article, and right on point. India is a huge emerging market with a growing middle class. A wonderful subject for photos. Thanks for including mine! :)


April 23, 2008

Boughn you done a great article!
India has the great tourist spots. like ancient historic buildings, temples, and many more..!

Congrats Nikhil and Ashwin for your great photos from India on this blog.


April 23, 2008

India has the second large area in asia, hope one day I can visit this country with long history~


April 23, 2008

Its an 'Honor' to have my photographs in your blog. Thanks a Lot. Yes, with my new SLR coming by MAY end, you should be getting a lot more diverse submissions from me.


April 23, 2008

Lovely article about India. I agree 100% with what you said, India is expanding at an exponential rate. Thanks for using one of my images.