Kristian Bertel has compiled several hundred of his photographs from India. The archive stories are reflecting the travel photography by the photographer and the archive stories are all a subcategory of photography involving the documentation of an area in India's landscape, people of India, Indian cultures and history. For the photographer these photo stories all define a travel photo as an image that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state in India. The 52 stories you see on this page of the photographer's website has been taken of a wide variety of subjects under varied available conditions, including low light photography, available ambient light photography for dark streets and evening photos and photo shootings on the streets where sometimes conditions may be difficult, capturing moments which rarely recur, capturing the magic of light while shooting landscapes. In this photo archive you can see the stories behind some of his pictures from India.
In this archive story you will get a closer look at the bathing ghats in Pushkar. This holy city is located in the state of Rajasthan in India on the likewise holy Pushkar Lake in the Aravalli mountains and in the foreland of the Thar Desert.
Pushkar ka Mela is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, where thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake.
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In this archive story you will get a closer look at the bathing ghats in Pushkar. This holy city is located in the state of Rajasthan in India on the likewise holy Pushkar Lake in the Aravalli mountains and in the foreland of the Thar Desert.

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Pushkar ka Mela is an annual five-day camel and livestock fair held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, where thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake.

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Kristian Bertel took the picture of this Indian man sweeping the pavement in one of the main streets of Jaipur in India. Read the archive story about the sweeping man in the capital of India's Rajasthan province.
From the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the blue city of Jodhpur, stands as a visual marvel in Rajasthan's arid desert. In the wind, one can hear the several eloquent pleas and prayers from the city's many mosques.
Kristian Bertel took the picture of this Indian man sweeping the pavement in one of the main streets of Jaipur in India. Read the archive story about the sweeping man in the capital of India's Rajasthan province.

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From the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, the blue city of Jodhpur, stands as a visual marvel in Rajasthan's arid desert. In the wind, one can hear the several eloquent pleas and prayers from the city's many mosques.

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Read the story behind the photo of a beggar boy in New Delhi. The begging boy was photographed at Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, with a look that may show the downside face of India's growing economy.
In the rough streets of Delhi the chaos rules. In the neighborhood and the alleyways of Pahari Dhiraj, it is puzzling with daily and rushing activities. Read about the photographer's street photography in this area.
Read the story behind the photo of a beggar boy in New Delhi. The begging boy was photographed at Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, with a look that may show the downside face of India's growing economy.

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In the rough streets of Delhi the chaos rules. In the neighborhood and the alleyways of Pahari Dhiraj, it is puzzling with daily and rushing activities. Read about the photographer's street photography in this area.

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In Varanasi, the travel photographer visited the Godowlia Chowk, a place in the city, which always seemed to be busy with people. Read the archive story about this congested area of Varanasi, India in the province of Uttar Pradesh.
Street children in the classical sense are found in India almost without exception in the cities with a population of approximately 50,000 inhabitants. At the PJ Ramchandani Marg in Mumbai this street child was photographed.
In Varanasi, the travel photographer visited the Godowlia Chowk, a place in the city, which always seemed to be busy with people. Read the archive story about this congested area of Varanasi, India in the province of Uttar Pradesh.

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Street children in the classical sense are found in India almost without exception in the cities with a population of approximately 50,000 inhabitants. At the PJ Ramchandani Marg in Mumbai this street child was photographed.

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Poverty is one of the conditions of life in India. This wrinkled man was submissively trying to beg a few rupees from the neverending passing people in Uttar Pradesh's Sarnath near Varanasi. Read about the man in this story.
Picture portrayed in Delhi of a woman passing by at Nawab Ganj. A place in Delhi, where the whirring street of Maharaja Aggrasen Marg cross-bounds with the railway at Sadar Bazaar. Read about Delhi and this intimate portrait.
Poverty is one of the conditions of life in India. This wrinkled man was submissively trying to beg a few rupees from the neverending passing people in Uttar Pradesh's Sarnath near Varanasi. Read about the man in this story.

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Picture portrayed in Delhi of a woman passing by at Nawab Ganj. A place in Delhi, where the whirring street of Maharaja Aggrasen Marg cross-bounds with the railway at Sadar Bazaar. Read about Delhi and this intimate portrait.

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A man taking a nap in the streets of Delhi. With working hours up to 18 hours a day, a nap is well needed. Read about the sleeping man on this hand-pulled cart and the working conditions in India in this archive story.
Indian fashion varies from one village to another village, from one city to another city. India's fashion heritage is rich in tradition, vibrant in colors and prepossessing. Read about this woman in Rajasthan's Pushkar in this archive story.
A man taking a nap in the streets of Delhi. With working hours up to 18 hours a day, a nap is well needed. Read about the sleeping man on this hand-pulled cart and the working conditions in India in this archive story.

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Indian fashion varies from one village to another village, from one city to another city. India's fashion heritage is rich in tradition, vibrant in colors and prepossessing. Read about this woman in Rajasthan's Pushkar in this archive story.

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Transportation of things is often carried on top of the head. To the foreign traveler, one of the powerful attractions in India is the colorful and diversified attire of its people. Read about the traditions of the rural life in India in this archive story.
Photo of a Sikh priest in the Sis Ganj Gurdwara temple in Delhi. He is accompanied by musicians during the holy ceremony. Read about the photographers colorful visit to the temple and learn more Sikhism in this archive story.
Transportation of things is often carried on top of the head. To the foreign traveler, one of the powerful attractions in India is the colorful and diversified attire of its people. Read about the traditions of the rural life in India in this archive story.

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Photo of a Sikh priest in the Sis Ganj Gurdwara temple in Delhi. He is accompanied by musicians during the holy ceremony. Read about the photographers colorful visit to the temple and learn more Sikhism in this archive story.

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In the magical Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India, the photographer met a Rajasthani man smoking a cigarette. Learn more about this cozy, relaxing and atmospheric Indian town in this archive story.
Rana Mahal Ghat, a ghat in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India was photographed by the photographer. Learn more about this ghat and the many ghats in general of Varanasi in this archive story.
In the magical Hindu pilgrimage town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India, the photographer met a Rajasthani man smoking a cigarette. Learn more about this cozy, relaxing and atmospheric Indian town in this archive story.

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Rana Mahal Ghat, a ghat in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India was photographed by the photographer. Learn more about this ghat and the many ghats in general of Varanasi in this archive story.

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Slums of India and the areas of slum and shanty towns in India have been of great interest for the photographer through the years. Read about some of the slum areas in Mumbai in this archive story.
Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. Read about the photographer's encounter with the famous Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, India in this archive story.
Slums of India and the areas of slum and shanty towns in India have been of great interest for the photographer through the years. Read about some of the slum areas in Mumbai in this archive story.

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Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous to love and romance. Read about the photographer's encounter with the famous Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, India in this archive story.

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This picture of an Indian Gypsy woman portrayed in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India is telling the story about the many Gypsy tribes in India. Read about the history of these Gypsy tribes in India in this archive story.
Jaisalmer located in a land of rough and tumble of the Thar Desert in the Western part of Rajasthan, was once a historic great place for the camel-train routes between India and Central Asia. Read about Jaisalmer in this archive story.
This picture of an Indian Gypsy woman portrayed in the town of Pushkar in Rajasthan, India is telling the story about the many Gypsy tribes in India. Read about the history of these Gypsy tribes in India in this archive story.

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Jaisalmer located in a land of rough and tumble of the Thar Desert in the Western part of Rajasthan, was once a historic great place for the camel-train routes between India and Central Asia. Read about Jaisalmer in this archive story.

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Portraying the life conditions of children in Mumbai and in India can sometimes be tough to see because of the lack of things in their childhood. Read about children living in poverty in India in this archive story.
Firsthand meeting with the rural poverty in India experienced in Dongri, Maharashtra, India by the photographer during a roadtrip in the countryside. Read about rural poverty in India in this archive story.
Portraying the life conditions of children in Mumbai and in India can sometimes be tough to see because of the lack of things in their childhood. Read about children living in poverty in India in this archive story.

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Firsthand meeting with the rural poverty in India experienced in Dongri, Maharashtra, India by the photographer during a roadtrip in the countryside. Read about rural poverty in India in this archive story.

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A Hindu temple is a spiritual destination for many Hindus, as well as landmarks around which ancient arts, community celebrations. Read about the Sundar Narayan Mandir in Nashik, India in this archive story.
A bejewelled Indian woman in Rajasthan makes the picture in this archive story about the cultural aspects in India and the journeys that can be made in this incredible country. Read about itineraries in India in this archive story.
A Hindu temple is a spiritual destination for many Hindus, as well as landmarks around which ancient arts, community celebrations. Read about the Sundar Narayan Mandir in Nashik, India in this archive story.

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A bejewelled Indian woman in Rajasthan makes the picture in this archive story about the cultural aspects in India and the journeys that can be made in this incredible country. Read about itineraries in India in this archive story.

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Portraits and portraiture of people has always been of great interest for the photographer during his journeys in India. Read about a portrait captured of an Indian woman near the City Palace Rd in Udaipur, India in this archive story.
Traveling into the intricate alleyways of Udaipur the photographer visited the Jagdish Temple, one of the biggest temples in the city. Read about the Jagdish Temple and stone carved figures in this archive story.
Portraits and portraiture of people has always been of great interest for the photographer during his journeys in India. Read about a portrait captured of an Indian woman near the City Palace Rd in Udaipur, India in this archive story.

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Traveling into the intricate alleyways of Udaipur the photographer visited the Jagdish Temple, one of the biggest temples in the city. Read about the Jagdish Temple and stone carved figures in this archive story.

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An intimate portrait in India was taken at the Chawri Bazar Rd in Old Delhi in India, a moment of peace on camera with this portraiture of an elderly Indian man. Read about portrait photography in India in this archive story.
Venturing into the streets of Delhi with a camera on his side the photographer took this picture of an Indian street child walking from car to car selling things. Read about the life conditions of the street children in Delhi in this archive story.
An intimate portrait in India was taken at the Chawri Bazar Rd in Old Delhi in India, a moment of peace on camera with this portraiture of an elderly Indian man. Read about portrait photography in India in this archive story.

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Venturing into the streets of Delhi with a camera on his side the photographer took this picture of an Indian street child walking from car to car selling things. Read about the life conditions of the street children in Delhi in this archive story.

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As a photographer and traveler in India it is hard to ignore the waste that is filling the streets. In Badi Chaupar not far away from a famous building in Jaipur, India's waste problems are visible. Read about waste in India in this archive story.
As you step out of the New Delhi Railway Station and cross the road, you stand at the entrance of Paharganj Main Bazaar. Read about the use of hand-pulled carts in Paharganj, Delhi in this archive story.
As a photographer and traveler in India it is hard to ignore the waste that is filling the streets. In Badi Chaupar not far away from a famous building in Jaipur, India's waste problems are visible. Read about waste in India in this archive story.

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As you step out of the New Delhi Railway Station and cross the road, you stand at the entrance of Paharganj Main Bazaar. Read about the use of hand-pulled carts in Paharganj, Delhi in this archive story.

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Getting around Delhi is always an adventure. Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers will think nothing of quoting ten times the going price to a tourist. Read about a photowalk on Naya Bazar Rd in this archive story.
Yamuna is not just a natural resource and it continues to be polluted with garbage while most sewage treatment facilities are underfunded or malfunctioning. Read about one of the holiest and most polluted rivers in India in this archive story.
Getting around Delhi is always an adventure. Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers will think nothing of quoting ten times the going price to a tourist. Read about a photowalk on Naya Bazar Rd in this archive story.

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Yamuna is not just a natural resource and it continues to be polluted with garbage while most sewage treatment facilities are underfunded or malfunctioning. Read about one of the holiest and most polluted rivers in India in this archive story.

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Walking around as a traveling photographer in the pilgrimage town of Pushkar you can really feel that this a Hindu town. Read about the place, where the epics say, that Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth in this archive story.
Desert safaris on camels have become increasingly popular around Jaisalmer. Read about the photographer's visit with a Rajasthani family in the Thar Desert in India, where he stayed the night in this archive story.
Walking around as a traveling photographer in the pilgrimage town of Pushkar you can really feel that this a Hindu town. Read about the place, where the epics say, that Brahma dropped a lotus flower on the earth in this archive story.

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Desert safaris on camels have become increasingly popular around Jaisalmer. Read about the photographer's visit with a Rajasthani family in the Thar Desert in India, where he stayed the night in this archive story.

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Giving money to child beggars is the least generous thing a tourist can do. Because when we give money directly to child beggars, we actually hurt more than we help. Read about an Indian beggar girl in Ram Nagar, Delhi in this archive story.
India is the second most populous country in the world with over 1.2 billion people. Read about the photographer's people portrait from Varanasi in India and learn more about the Indian population in this archive story.
Giving money to child beggars is the least generous thing a tourist can do. Because when we give money directly to child beggars, we actually hurt more than we help. Read about an Indian beggar girl in Ram Nagar, Delhi in this archive story.

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India is the second most populous country in the world with over 1.2 billion people. Read about the photographer's people portrait from Varanasi in India and learn more about the Indian population in this archive story.

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India has demonstrated that aged people in India have crossed over 100 million. Many older people in India are not alert about the human rights of this group. Read about elderly people in India and the Aram Nagar area in this archive story.
Taking a rickshaw ride through these streets of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, India is absolutely crazy. There are so many rickshaws, bikes, people and the streets are filled with every possible market. Read about the area in this archive story.
India has demonstrated that aged people in India have crossed over 100 million. Many older people in India are not alert about the human rights of this group. Read about elderly people in India and the Aram Nagar area in this archive story.

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Taking a rickshaw ride through these streets of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, India is absolutely crazy. There are so many rickshaws, bikes, people and the streets are filled with every possible market. Read about the area in this archive story.

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At the circle in Delhi the photographer caught this photo of a sleepy-eyed Indian man resting up against a steel fence at Connaught Place also known as Rajiv Chowk. Read about the the place between the rich and the poor in this archive story.
Junagarh Fort is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop and it was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh. Read about the fort in the city of Bikaner, India in this archive story.
At the circle in Delhi the photographer caught this photo of a sleepy-eyed Indian man resting up against a steel fence at Connaught Place also known as Rajiv Chowk. Read about the the place between the rich and the poor in this archive story.

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Junagarh Fort is one of the few major forts in Rajasthan which is not built on a hilltop and it was originally called Chintamani and was renamed Junagarh. Read about the fort in the city of Bikaner, India in this archive story.

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As a photographer and traveler in India it is easy to feel the historic past in Rajasthan, where the Maharajas meaning the great kings ruled the princely states in India. Read about the Maharajas in this archive story.
In Hinduism, the cow is a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life. In the religion of Hinduism, the cow is thought to be sacred. Read about the holy cows of India in this archive story.
As a photographer and traveler in India it is easy to feel the historic past in Rajasthan, where the Maharajas meaning the great kings ruled the princely states in India. Read about the Maharajas in this archive story.

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In Hinduism, the cow is a symbol of wealth, strength, abundance, selfless giving and a full Earthly life. In the religion of Hinduism, the cow is thought to be sacred. Read about the holy cows of India in this archive story.

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Bangles are rigid bracelets usually from metal, wood or plastic. They are traditional ornaments worn mostly by South Asian women that can be seen as a traveler in India. Read about bangles and jewellery of India in this archive story.
Take a step back from the hustle in Udaipur, a city that still has its colorful magic, not just in its marvellous palaces and monuments but also in colorful sarees. Read about the colors of India in this archive story.
Bangles are rigid bracelets usually from metal, wood or plastic. They are traditional ornaments worn mostly by South Asian women that can be seen as a traveler in India. Read about bangles and jewellery of India in this archive story.

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Take a step back from the hustle in Udaipur, a city that still has its colorful magic, not just in its marvellous palaces and monuments but also in colorful sarees. Read about the colors of India in this archive story.

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In the Indian society, people who work in ignominious, polluting and unclean occupations are seen as polluting people and are therefore considered as untouchables. Read about India's caste system in this archive story.
In this portrait taken by the photographer at the Qutab Rd in Delhi an Indian woman is seen with the skin disease vitiligo. Read about the portrait and the chronic disorder that causes pigmentation of pathes of the skin in this archive story.
In the Indian society, people who work in ignominious, polluting and unclean occupations are seen as polluting people and are therefore considered as untouchables. Read about India's caste system in this archive story.

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In this portrait taken by the photographer at the Qutab Rd in Delhi an Indian woman is seen with the skin disease vitiligo. Read about the portrait and the chronic disorder that causes pigmentation of pathes of the skin in this archive story.

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A heavily populated urban area characterized by substandard housing and squalor and the slum areas are characterized by substandard housing structures. Read about shanty homes which are often built in this archive story.
The photographer is a believer in that virtually any lens can take a good portrait shot if you work to its strengths. Having said that, some lenses do tend to lend themselves to great portraits. Read about the portrait in this archive story.
A heavily populated urban area characterized by substandard housing and squalor and the slum areas are characterized by substandard housing structures. Read about shanty homes which are often built in this archive story.

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The photographer is a believer in that virtually any lens can take a good portrait shot if you work to its strengths. Having said that, some lenses do tend to lend themselves to great portraits. Read about the portrait in this archive story.

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The photographer went to the Gatore Ki Chhatriyan in Jaipur, where he took this portrait and portraiture. Read more about this peaceful and soothing place in India and how he is photographing in this archive story.
In this story we learn about the dogs in the streets. They live virtually wherever cities exist and the local human population allows, especially in the developing world such as India.  Read more about these roaming dogs in this archive story.
The photographer went to the Gatore Ki Chhatriyan in Jaipur, where he took this portrait and portraiture. Read more about this peaceful and soothing place in India and how he is photographing in this archive story.

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In this story we learn about the dogs in the streets. They live virtually wherever cities exist and the local human population allows, especially in the developing world such as India. Read more about these roaming dogs in this archive story.

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The youngster portrait was taken at the Carnac Rd just near the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai, formerly Crawford Market in Mumbai, which is one of South Mumbai's most famous markets. Read about portrait photography in this archive story.
As cities grew, so did the slums, welcoming more rural migrants and creating more urban poverty in India. Read about the Mahim area in Mumbai, where there is not housing for everyone in this archive story.
The youngster portrait was taken at the Carnac Rd just near the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai, formerly Crawford Market in Mumbai, which is one of South Mumbai's most famous markets. Read about portrait photography in this archive story.

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As cities grew, so did the slums, welcoming more rural migrants and creating more urban poverty in India. Read about the Mahim area in Mumbai, where there is not housing for everyone in this archive story.

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The Stories behind the Pictures

When visiting India you can see many striking photos in the streets and in countryside. Stories that ranges from the city of Delhi to the streets of Varanasi to the urban landscape of Jodhpur. The photos might spark a range of emotions, from sorrow to joy and hope for the viewer. But we often never learn the full story behind a photo, all the factors at work that put the photographer in the middle of the moment to get the picture. In the archive section you can find a number of travel photographs from Kristian Bertel, stories that tell the travel stories of how he photographed the scenery in India. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive photographs delves into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into 52 photo stories, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.