It started with an interest in Tibetan antiques introduced to me by the local flea market. Searches on the internet led me to ebay and while I looked at Tibetan pieces, I stumbled upon antique persian rugs\u2026\nThese became the love of my life for a few years. I learnt about them and loved them and doted on them. The readings led me to the allied category of ethnic asian textiles \u2013 a category that is vast,\u00a0 underexplored and undervalued. And soon I migrated to collecting Asian textiles.\nAny writing on cultural articles invariably explores the cultural identity of its creators \u2026.similarities and differences in the textile are explained through the similarities and differences between the geography. the lifestyle and the traditions of the creating ethnic groups. So it is natural that a lover of antique textiles becomes acquainted with the subject of culture.\nAnd so I combined my other interest \u2013 travel \u2013 with cultural exploration.\nThis took me to Tibet, Cambodia, Nepal, Thailand,\u00a0 Indonesia and the great Indian interiors \u2013 Kutch, Nagaland, Bundelkhand and more.\nI\u2019d experience some of the culture and I\u2019d take back some wonderful cultural articles for my collections. But above all else, I\u2019d enjoy\u00a0 the conversations and the connections with the local people on the street. So I started taking pictures with a basic point and shoot camera to preserve some of those stories in my memory\u2026.\nSoon my pictures began to disappoint me, and I realised I needed to learn more about this area. Soon I found great forums to learn photography from \u2026and I\u2019d be up until 2am reading and trying to figure out the subject.\nTwo years later, I have just understood the basic technicals of this subject and have a long way to go.\nBut along the way I have enjoyed taking pictures of people I connected with, even if for only a second.\nSome of my best images until now are available on http://www.jainamishra.com\nImages\u00a0 of beautiful people, their culture and their cultural art!\njm\nJan 2011\nThe post Cultural Photography appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.