Lucknow’s reputation as a city of culture, gracious living and rich cuisine has continued to this day – the phrase for which conveniently rhymes in Hindi: Nawab, aadaab ('respect'), kebab and shabab ('beauty').
The city of Nawabs is not only used a metaphor for Tehzeeb (Manners) and kebabs (a cuisine) but is the home of a large number of professional photographers as well. Why won't it produce such talents? This city has all the reasons to inspire talent and above all nurture their creative needs on a timely basis. Beyond the beauty of its surroundings and beyond the essence of the past that its heritage sites smell of, there is an aroma of inventions and discoveries in its air. To the selfless creative mind that wanders in its streets, he is not lost, rather he is about to find something that may leave an indelible imprint on his mind forever. This city will riddle you at many junctures.
Without beating around the bush anymore, this blog is about the city of kebabs and how it treats the appetite of a shutterbug. So, let's dive straight into this abyss of opportunities.
by Sreetama Das
Sprinkled with exceptional British Raj–era buildings, boasting two superb mausoleums and famed throughout India for its food, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is something of a sleeper: plenty worth seeing, but often overlooked by travelers. Central Lucknow features wide boulevards, outsized monuments and several parks and gardens, but feels a bit worn out, creating an atmosphere of tired grandiosity. Locals tend to be welcoming, and you'll experience little of the hassle of more touristy towns.
The rich history has ensured sufficient places for a photographer to visit. A drive down the heritage lane under sufficient lighting conditions will be like hitting a jackpot for your portfolio. From silhouettes to outright dramatic site pictures, the sites will enthrall you beyond anything.
So, don’t think twice before carrying a pair of sunglasses and your equipment while you go out to explore this city’s wonders.
By Aditya Vansh
A good stroll through the streets of any place should never stop to amuse a photographer. There is always something happening around which may compel your creative conscience or which might question eccentricity itself. To claim that nothing extraordinary is happening around is too ignorant an attitude towards the people who live there. Lucknow boasts of settlements ranging from extra-posh colonies to humble residences. Howsoever, different the pockets are in these two extremes, the innate feeling of a Nawab is present everywhere.
It is always advisable to interact with people in your surroundings and build relationships. You never know where might you find an inspiration for your next project!
by Stefan H
The capital city of Uttar Pradesh enjoys cultural diversity owing to its rich religious groups. The streets filled with people from multiple religions boldly practicing their rites and rituals, not only is a feast to the eyes but is also friendly to the camera.
If you have a knack for food and even if you don’t, this city has plenty for your amusement. Tunde Kebab is the place that anyone with a taste for non-veg food would like to go. Bemusingly, this is the cleaner, more hospitable outlet of Lucknow's renowned, 100-year-old, impossible-to-find kebab shop in Chowk, where buffalo-beef kebabs go for ₹5! Here the prices are higher, but the boys put on a quite a show streetside for to-go orders, while the proper restaurant behind dishes up scrumptious plates of mutton biryani, kebabs and tandoori chicken for throngs of carnivores.
Beyond a feast for the taste buds, this place is gifted with natural lighting conditions and the food offered requires no post edit as it maintains its freshness and palpability by itself. So, to explore yourself and to add on to your capabilities, it will be a really nice idea to give it a go. Try food photography if you are a photographer strolling in the streets of Lucknow’s kitchen.
And besides photography, don't forget to enjoy your time in Lucknow. Also, don't forget to smile.
Written By Shivam Tiwari for WorldPhotographersClub.com