New Delhi in Time Lapse - Debashis Talukdar

The first of three time-lapse films from my trip to Asia in April 2014, and my very first capturing my home country. This short film is a very brief showcase of New Delhi, the capital of India and the largest democracy in the world.

Showcased here are Connaught Place (Rajiv Chowk and Indira Chowk), India Gate, Pragati Power Station, The Baha’i Temple of Worship, Humayun’s Tomb, the Jama Masjid, and the Red Fort (Lal Qila). It isn’t as long as I had hoped it would be (the very nature of time-lapse photography is that it is time-consuming to shoot). It is very difficult to shoot time-lapse in India’s national monuments. The Archaeological Survey of India has placed a ban on the use of tripods inside these historic buildings, most of which are over 400 years old. This is in a bid to ensure that the wear and tear that these tourist hotspots undergo remain at a minimum so that they remain in good order for people to visit and enjoy for the years to come.

On top of this, I had travelled to India when it was 40 degrees Celsius around most of the country. In most places where you are required to take off your shoes, the red sandstone gets so hot after 11am, that it will burn the soles of your feet. It does not make for an easy matter to walk on the paved areas within these monuments. Nonetheless, I came away with some footage that I now present to you.

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