Express news service
In her collection of essays on photography from 1977, the American writer Susan Sontag rightly states: “Photographs are a means of imprisoning reality”. Sontag further explains how these images are an act of solidifying the memory of an incident, imprinting it forever in the pages of history. These images, thus, preserve the occurrence of a once-lived moment.
It was a similar understanding of photography that led Rajeev Goyal to launch Delhi Photo Tours – a tailor-made city tour focused on photography – in 2010. His idea was to help tourists experience the authentic sides of Delhi. . “There is a lot of vibrancy in the culture of Delhi. With Delhi Photo Tours, I thought why not try to open avenues to showcase the non-tourist life, thus giving tourists the true essence of this city, ”says Goyal. While their clientele mainly includes foreign tourists, professional photographers, videographers, journalists and documentary filmmakers, they have recently started to include locals on their tours as well.
Capture picturesque places
The walks organized by Delhi Photo Tours focus on photographic tourism, a concept which is slowly developing in India, but which is a major attraction among foreign travelers. The key to understanding any city is its architecture, food, and way of life. Delhi Photo Tours organizes in-depth experiences that help participants gain insight into these three sides of the capital. Hence, their tours provide notable insight into Delhi’s cityscape.
“We focus on uncrowded and relatively unknown places, such as Dariba Kalan by Chandni Chowk, Lal Kuan Bazar, Haveli by Mirza Ghalib, etc. We also organize morning walks to the flower market in Ghazipur. ” Goyal and his team take care to personalize these circuits according to the expectations of their customers. “No two photographers are the same. We create tailor-made tours according to our participants. In addition, we are trying to figure out what they [the client] like to photograph and then expand the ideas of images they can click on a certain tour, ”he adds.
In short, Goyal’s idea is to promote the country as well. He adds: “When they [clients] click and bring these photographs back to their country, they also take a peek at India with them. So we want them to have the best experience.
With a drop in tourist arrivals, the pandemic has posed a problem for the Delhi Photo Tours team. “We had to stop all our tours because we work specifically with foreign visitors. However, we started to explore other avenues during the pandemic. We have organized various workshops and seminars on photography and photo retouching. My team also focused on honing their skills, ”Goyal shares.
Speaking of the importance of self-clicked photographs today, Goyal concludes: “When you click on your own photograph, it creates a feeling of possession. It’s also a complex message that says “this is a part of the story that I carry with me”.