My Best Shot: Rajesh Bedi

My Best Shot. Photograph/Rajesh Bedi

Photograph/Rajesh Bedi

Rajesh Bedi

Rajesh Bedi

Why This is My Best Shot
I may be usually identified as a wildlife photographer, but I get a lot of satisfaction from shooting other subjects too. This picture of Naga Sadhus was shot when the Kumbh Mela was not so commercialised. In this shot, they are running to take a holy dip inside the Sangam, an auspicious bath venue. There was a sudden gust of strong wind that reduced all visibility. The surreal and mystical feel caused by this is what I love most about this image.

Where and When I Shot This Image
Around two decades ago, at the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad.

How I Achieved It
When my brother (filmmaker Naresh Bedi) and I first approached the sadhus, they thought that we were foreigners and lifted their trishuls and charged towards us. We ran for our lives! The next day, we went back. We convinced them that we will be faithful in depicting Hinduism and managed to get permission to shoot. I knew I had just a few seconds to capture the moment. I could not afford a motor drive at that time, and could shoot only 2-3 images.

The Gear I Used to Get This Shot
I used a fully manual Nikon film camera with a 105mm lens.

About Rajesh Bedi
One of India’s biggest names in the genre of wildlife photography, Rajesh Bedi, along with brother Naresh, has worked towards portraying and conserving wildlife. This self-taught photographer also shoots other subjects in his effort to document our heritage.

Tags: Kumbh Mela, Rajesh Bedi, Sadhu's, September 2010, Wildlfie Photographer

  • sahjahan

    me jab 17 saal ka huwa tab se me aap logo ka friend hoon mera hamesha se hi ek hi sapna raha he ki me bada hokar aap logo ke sath kaam karu
    yehi mera sabse bada sapna he mene is bishay me naresh ji se bhi baat kar ke rakha he aur ajay bedi ji se bhi aasha karta hoon aap mera sapna jaroor pura karenge

  • Parveen joiya

    Hello sir, may wild life photographer bnana chahta hu.or aapse wild life photography sekhna chahta hu. Sir muchco kya karna hoga.

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  • kuldeep singh thakur

    really nice pic sir