The incredible Delhi instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
His eyes narrowed down to the black dog. Just as he clicked on his mobile phone camera, a man suddenly passed in front of the dog. The moment was spoiled.
The mobile phone photographer was celebrated lensman Steve McCurry, the man who has captured some of our time’s most memorable images—from the steam engine in front of Taj Mahal to a girl in war-torn Afghanistan who became one of the world’s most famous and tragic faces after her picture appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine.
The Delhi Walla spotted Mr McCurry in a classic Delhi setting: ramshackle homes, paan-stained pillars, snack carts selling deliciously-greasy noodles and lots of lovely dogs, cats and goats. The silent photographer from New York looked around patiently–his searching eyes that have dug out too many incredible sights across the world were probably in a desperate search for snakes, elephants, mustachioed men in colorful turbans, and jeweled women in colorful saris.
Alas, Delhi had nothing exotic to offer that evening to the visiting photographer except for a picturesque blue wall. Mr McCurry passed beside a woman seated on a chair but she failed to acknowledge one of the world’s greatest living photographers.
The photographer continued to walk until he came in front of a goat. He stopped and bent down on his knees, and took out the mobile phone from his pocket and tried to take a portrait of the goat. The area’s children quickly gathered, amused about a foreigner‘s curiosity for an animal that’s best enjoyed in a curry. Mr McCurry continued to click. Finally, he got up and started to browse the phone pictures. He looked almost content. It was an unbelievable moment.
On a prowl