6-Days of India's Holi Festival: The Greatest Colour Show On Earth Pt.1

For years the colour and intensity of India's Holi festival amazed me and I knew it was only a matter of time before I found myself smack bang in the middle of it.

In March 2019, I was given the fantastic opportunity by Olympus Australia to take their new EM1X cameras and put them to the test against the harshest conditions possible. I got in contact with my friend and film maker Kieran Mellor and asked if he wanted to join me. Naturally, he said yes.

Fine coloured powder and endless buckets of water were no match for the incredible weather sealing of the camera and pro lenses. It meant that images such as the ones below were made possible.

The series is broken up into each day of festivities. It's long I know, but I hope you gain as much fulfilment looking through these as I got taking them.

Day 1 - Barsana

The first of the main pre-Holi events where the men of Nandgaon come to Barsana to take over the temple of Shri Radhikaji. The women of Barsana have other ideas and beat them playfully with bamboo sticks. The name of this tradition is Lathmar Holi.

The men dress in women's clothing and can defend themselves only with colour. The festivities begin early in the morning at the main temple and finish with Lathmar Holi in the afternoon.

Day 2 - Nandgaon

Day 2 sees a role reversal from the previous day where the men from Barsana come to Nandgaon and are covered in a barrage of colour and water. The entire temple is reduced to a wet arena where some of the most amazing festivities and sights are captured.