A crowd of Indian Hindu pilgrims are squished into long lines, waiting with great anticipation to enter the revered Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai on New Year’s Day. Believers travelled from all over India to be able to do their New Year’s prayers in this Hindu temple. I was just about pinching myself with good fortune over how excited and encouraging they were to have me capture them in that breathtaking New Year’s morning light in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. ©2012 Valerie Rosen; All rights reserved.

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Valerie Rosen is a social documentary photographer, best recognized for her evocative portraiture from the streets of India and Nepal. She and her camera gear are currently based in her native Montreal, Canada, working as a freelance portrait and events photographer and private photography coach. Please send a bubblemail for inquiries. Thanks for visiting!

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  • Rhoufi
    Rhoufialmost 2 years ago

    The intensity of their eyes is mesmerizing. Wonderful Val

  • Thanks so much, Rhoufi! :-))

    – Valerie Rosen

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacalmost 2 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Thank you, Jainie! :-)

    – Valerie Rosen

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot Valerie ! tony

  • photosbytony
    photosbytonyalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot doesn’t work the longer I look. It really is an exceptional photograph, the treatment is perfect. Very Well Done !!!! tony

  • Very grateful, tony!! :-)))

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    Fascinating capture Val. Seems like the ones who are the most brightly lit are the ones with the biggest eyes paying the most attention to you :)

  • You’re so right, Mui-Ling! Human nature, I guess…got the description all sorted…appreciate the heads up. :-)

    – Valerie Rosen

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Moorealmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous, Val!

  • Thanks so much, Fran! :-)

    – Valerie Rosen

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    Valerie Rosenalmost 2 years ago

  • TheMaker
    TheMakeralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful! Jaw drops

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