Naga #2, Maha Jumb Mela
By Mark Luscombe-Whyte
73cm x rip
Artists proof. Series of 6
In the late 1990's I was spending a lot of time in India which was quickly becoming my spiritual home. I was traveling with no agenda or mission apart from discovering the country and taking as many pictures as possible. In 1999 I went off with my good friend Patrick Mark who was embarking on a series of documentaries that Mark Shand was going to present along with Aditya Patankar and I met Mark for the first time in Arunachel Pradesh where the crew were about to start filming with a tribe called the Adi in the middle of the jungle and we went on our first adventure and these then continued all over India. As I got to know Mark he opened my eyes to India and filled me with inspiration and all of the pictures here are a direct result of that. With some he was there beside me and others they came from suggestions he made.
Now every time I think of India, I think of Mark as they have so many similarities , colourful, larger than life and completely chaotic but within the chaos there is always an order, as the writer Norman Lewis once said, 'a happy ant heap'.