It’s a hot day. Waves of heat rise off the desert encampment as I sit on a shaded verandah with my generous host. Dhanraj Malik Prince, son of King Malek Shri Mahomed Mahomed Shabbirkhanji Azizkhanji, is a real personality here. Known for being both friendly and fair, he sits, resolving disputes between his subjects. Next to him, a worker from the salt pans holds an umbrella silently.
I have spent years traveling to Varanasi, India. From my particular experience it is one of the destinations that I consider the most unpredictable for a photographer. And yes, that’s were I will be, again on my next India Photo Tour. It is here where I took the photo that won (then lost) the first prize in the National Geographic Photo Competition in 2012, and where I took the photo that made me a finalist at the Sony World Photo Awards in 2013.