Jochem Jay Schmidt

India, 1979

These photos I took almost 40 years ago in India.
Going through all my old negatives, I scanned some of them and edited them digitally to show them here.
Some of them were taken in Varanasi, also known as Benares, a city on the banks of the Ganges in North India. It is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism. If you go there today it is not like in my pictures anymore. Now sadly it is overrun by tourism like everywhere else, with tour boats crowding the river full with tourists mainly from Asian countries like China and Japan.

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