Touring India

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By Bradford Shellhammer
India is a country filled with rich colors and diverse patterns. Visual overload is precisely how many would describe the country. Even on a sleepy morning I could not pull my eye from the hues, people, and textures. Amid the bustling streets are pastel residences, interesting storefronts and neon signs. First I trek through Pune, a city of four million inhabitants that's a hub for the industrial and tech worlds, before stopping in Mumbai.

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Touring India - Photo 1 of 27 - I worked a lot in India and I cherished the mornings where I'd observe the sun come up and the city's dwellers beginning their day.

I worked a lot in India and I cherished the mornings where I'd observe the sun come up and the city's dwellers beginning their day.

 

Touring India - Photo 2 of 27 - In the city of Pune I became obsessed with signage. This city is covered in signs and they all have such rich colors and diverse fonts.

In the city of Pune I became obsessed with signage. This city is covered in signs and they all have such rich colors and diverse fonts.

Touring India - Photo 3 of 27 - Visual overload is precisely how I would describe India. Even on a sleepy morning I could not pull my eye from the colors, people, and textures.

Visual overload is precisely how I would describe India. Even on a sleepy morning I could not pull my eye from the colors, people, and textures.

Touring India - Photo 4 of 27 - Perhaps my favorite shot. After being invited into a walkway to dance with a large family in their backyard, I turned, and spotted children with popsicles in hand, and a Taxi, all perfectly framed.

Perhaps my favorite shot. After being invited into a walkway to dance with a large family in their backyard, I turned, and spotted children with popsicles in hand, and a Taxi, all perfectly framed.

Touring India - Photo 5 of 27 - I loved sitting and watching people. In New York City (where I live) I am part of the movement; in India I removed myself from the hustle. From afar, I watched people coming and going, set against colorful backdrops.

I loved sitting and watching people. In New York City (where I live) I am part of the movement; in India I removed myself from the hustle. From afar, I watched people coming and going, set against colorful backdrops.

Touring India - Photo 6 of 27 - I am obsessed with color and India is the most colorful place in the world.  Even trash trucks and delivery vans are painted with neon hues and primary colors.

I am obsessed with color and India is the most colorful place in the world. Even trash trucks and delivery vans are painted with neon hues and primary colors.

Touring India - Photo 7 of 27 - Colors are everywhere, from women's clothing to food. These simple lights hanging on a house really caught my eye.

Colors are everywhere, from women's clothing to food. These simple lights hanging on a house really caught my eye.

Touring India - Photo 8 of 27 - During the day, storefronts are packed with people. I coveted my time alone in the streets in the morning hours before the hustle and bustle started. These same storefronts, when closed, had a dramatically different energy.

During the day, storefronts are packed with people. I coveted my time alone in the streets in the morning hours before the hustle and bustle started. These same storefronts, when closed, had a dramatically different energy.

Touring India - Photo 9 of 27 - Each time you look in any direction you'll see something new. The streets seem to go on forever.

Each time you look in any direction you'll see something new. The streets seem to go on forever.

Touring India - Photo 10 of 27 - The concrete homes I walked past on my way to work each day were painted in pastels and reminded me of Miami or Palm Springs.

The concrete homes I walked past on my way to work each day were painted in pastels and reminded me of Miami or Palm Springs.

Touring India - Photo 11 of 27 - The grand lobby of the Marriott in Pune is in direct contrast to it's surroundings. It's one of many new luxury hotels popping up in the city, which is a growing tech hub.

The grand lobby of the Marriott in Pune is in direct contrast to it's surroundings. It's one of many new luxury hotels popping up in the city, which is a growing tech hub.

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Touring India - Photo 13 of 27 - Everything—and I mean everything—is for sale on the streets of India. And like everything else, the wares are always colorful, like these books.

Everything—and I mean everything—is for sale on the streets of India. And like everything else, the wares are always colorful, like these books.

Touring India - Photo 14 of 27 - Yet another example of Pune's pastel-colored homes.

Yet another example of Pune's pastel-colored homes.

Touring India - Photo 15 of 27 - The food in India is spectacular. I loved hearing about cooking methods and traditions. And how could you not love a plate of desserts this beautiful?

The food in India is spectacular. I loved hearing about cooking methods and traditions. And how could you not love a plate of desserts this beautiful?

Touring India - Photo 16 of 27 - IBM's building in Pune is has a striking glass facade. New glass buildings, hotels and offices, are being built all over.

IBM's building in Pune is has a striking glass facade. New glass buildings, hotels and offices, are being built all over.

Touring India - Photo 17 of 27 - In Mumbai's harbor, boats speckle the water. They looked to be so close to one another that I imagined being able to jump from one to the next like lilly pads.

In Mumbai's harbor, boats speckle the water. They looked to be so close to one another that I imagined being able to jump from one to the next like lilly pads.

Touring India - Photo 18 of 27 - Things as everyday as air conditioning fans create interesting grid patterns.

Things as everyday as air conditioning fans create interesting grid patterns.

Touring India - Photo 19 of 27 - The Holi paints, sold in powder form, would later make their way from these tables onto my skin.

The Holi paints, sold in powder form, would later make their way from these tables onto my skin.

Touring India - Photo 20 of 27 - After a day of celebrating I walked, covered in paint, along the water.

After a day of celebrating I walked, covered in paint, along the water.

Touring India - Photo 21 of 27 - During the festival of Holi, Mumbai's inhabitants take to the streets and paint each other. This kid had enough and jumped in the harbor to wash himself clean.

During the festival of Holi, Mumbai's inhabitants take to the streets and paint each other. This kid had enough and jumped in the harbor to wash himself clean.

Touring India - Photo 22 of 27 - Motorcycles may rule city streets in India, but bicycles are everywhere, too.

Motorcycles may rule city streets in India, but bicycles are everywhere, too.

Touring India - Photo 23 of 27 - The Vidhan Bhawan, where the state legislature meets, is one of the more unique architectural statements in Mumbai. It was designed by Charles Correa.

The Vidhan Bhawan, where the state legislature meets, is one of the more unique architectural statements in Mumbai. It was designed by Charles Correa.

Touring India - Photo 24 of 27 - Red buses speed by in every direction. Surely they're painted red so one knows to get out of their way as they barrel toward you!

Red buses speed by in every direction. Surely they're painted red so one knows to get out of their way as they barrel toward you!

Touring India - Photo 25 of 27 - Hundreds of men played cricket below the University of Mumbai's Rajabai Clock Tower, which was modeled after Big Ben.

Hundreds of men played cricket below the University of Mumbai's Rajabai Clock Tower, which was modeled after Big Ben.

Touring India - Photo 26 of 27 - The fruits stands particularly fascinated me with their colors and variations lined perfectly.

The fruits stands particularly fascinated me with their colors and variations lined perfectly.

Touring India - Photo 27 of 27 - In Mumbai, architectural styles converge. Looking up towards the sky often presented unique grids and patterns created by the surrounding buildings.<br><br>Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our  FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!

In Mumbai, architectural styles converge. Looking up towards the sky often presented unique grids and patterns created by the surrounding buildings.

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