Photographer’s stunning portraits of Indian locals sends internet into meltdown
A Polish photographer has sent the internet wild with her beautiful portraits of locals in India.
Magdalena Bagrianow who’s originally from Żoliborz in Warsaw travelled to the South Asian continent to explore the country and discover its traditions.
Using her favoured Canon 5D, the 44-year-old spent months travelling around the country and capturing the locals in stunning colour in their natural environments.
From her home in the UK where she now lives, Magda told TFN: “Creating a portrait that evokes a feeling, emotion or positive response from the viewer is what drives me but capturing connection with people is my greatest inspiration.
“We often hear that the eyes are the window to the soul and in my view definitely the key to portrait photography.
“It is by looking into the person’s eyes that we get the feeling of their character, their emotions...it allows us to connect with them and get a glimpse of who they really are.”
Magda first got into photography 15 years ago after moving to Dubai as a singer in a Polish band.
Singing at night and working as a part-time photographer during the day, Magda’s first experience of India came in 2007.
She said: “I immediately fell in love with this vibrant, alive country and it’s beautiful people.
“After some time it become apparent to me that what I want is to photograph people up close and personal.”
She has since returned numerous times, travelling through Rajasthan and visiting the Pushkar Fair, one of the most famous and oldest livestock fairs in India, where she finds most of her inspiration.
She explained: “Thousands of rural families visits Pushkar over a period of 12 days - camel traders and beautiful nomadic children and women is what attracts me to this place and I was fortunate to become friends with many of them over the years.”
Now Magda who put her photography “on hold” to work as a carer at a residential home for people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia has been approached by galleries in London and Milan.
“Definitely it would be great to have my first exhibition in the near future. I still want to go back to India and work on expanding my portfolio as there is so much more to see, so many new people to meet, friendships to make and stories to tell...,” she said.
More of Magda’s stunning work can be seen here.