Travel and food photographer Russell Smith visited India earlier this year.
Russell visited tourist attractions, places of natural beauty as well as urban spaces frequented by locals.
The exciting element of Russell's travel photographs is that he depicts every place he shoots as the people who live there experience it. He does not simply take a photograph of a beautiful palace. He shows it in context: on a busy city street with women walking past on their way to do their laundry. A lush forest scene is shown to us from the viewpoint of the children who play there daily. His images capture beauty in the everyday lives of the inhabitants. Exotic places are not just monuments of a foreign culture but living, breathing spaces. He shows us that history is not of the past, but is a story that continues to be told. A photograph ceases to be a moment in time. It is many moments exisitng both harmoniously and in contradiction to one another. This imbues his beautiful images with meaning, making them both accessible and aspirational to audiences.
Russell worked as an art director before pursuing a career behind the lens. He specialises in food, travel and portrait photography. He has worked with many celebrities in the South African food industry including Luke Dale-Roberts, Pete Goffe-Wood and Liam Tomlin. His skill in shooting both their portraits and cuisine allows the viewer to really engage with how these chefs' personalities are reflected in their food. Once can almost taste the pictures.
See more of Russell's work here.