Located close to the famed Amer Fort in Jaipur (India), Panna Meena ka Kund is a 16th century stepwell originally built as a source of water and place of recreation for the local community.
When I visited with a photographer friend in August 2016, the place was buzzing with the energy of some local guys enjoying a cooling swim. They were completely relaxed about us photographing them and gave no suggestion we were intruding.
This stepwell is famed for its strict geometry . Three identical sides of octagonal steps with recessed alcoves. The fourth side has a stone shelter with three arches.
Photographically, the obvious temptation is to concentrate on the repeating patterns of stone steps. However, when we visited the overriding impression was of energy, fun and friends hanging out. Consequently, I tried to document the experience the guys were having rather than the architecture.
The locals were keen I should have a swim. I declined, using the camera as an excuse. They decided I – and the camera – should get a good soaking anyway and proceeded to dive bomb me. Thanks goodness for weather sealed gear!
Text and images © John Meehan 2016
Great set of images John! Can’t wait to see more!
Thanks Keith. That can be arranged 😉
you absolutely caught the fun. makes me want to join in and jump. such happy faces! hope to see more
Thanks Tina. Yes, me too – the energy was contagious. 😆
Great pictures!Black and white certainly lends them a different feel.
Incidentally, I too have posted pictures from Panna Meena Kund….on same theme! 🙂
Thanks Arv 👍Couldn’t see the stepwell images in your feed but, you’ve some wonderful work there. We came to Jaipur to photograph the Teej festival and Panna Meena ka Kund this August. Had a blast. All the best, John 📷👊
It’s not a featured picture. you can find it here.
I’m happy you liked Jaipur! 🙂
Thanks Arv. Cool images – bringing back some great memories. If I come back we’ll have to hook up for a shoot! Take care, John
Lovely images John; works really well in B&W.
Thanks Paul. It was a great visit (thanks to UC).
I like your black and white style!! I can see the true emotion of people. It is shock me a lot!!!
Many thanks, glad you like them. John