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Happy Holi 2018 part 2

Entering the Bankey Bihari Temple during Holi was beyond anything I could have imagined. Bihari means enjoyer, or Krishna the enjoyer, and there is tremendous joy and worship to be found. The first image here is my favourite. When I looked at it later, there was something about the reaching. In this case they are reaching toward Krishna for a blessing. It evoked for me the idea that we are all in our own way reaching out, be it for blessing, acceptance, or maybe love.

The crush of people and the bursts of colour are so amazing.

It’s not just coloured dye that is being thrown, from time to time it’s flower petals that come raining down.

A handful of dye creates an explosion of colour.

As much as this is a festival of colour that welcomes springtime, here in particular it is also a time of great devotion. The man in the middle of the image below illustrates this.


I was privileged to get the vantage point I did on an upper balcony. Cameras in the temple are not welcome and to point one at Krishna is totally unacceptable.

In the next shot you see worshipers holding up various objects. These are offerings that they will attempt, through great effort, to lay at the feet of the icon.

In our travels over the years there have been few peak experiences. Walking the Kora at sacred Mt. Kailash in Tibet and being at the Maha Kumbh Mela in Allahabad are two. I will now have to add celebrating Holi in Vrindavan.

I’ll be posting some additional street scenes in part 3 of the Holi blogs. Remember you can enlarge these by clicking.

All the best.



Environmental Backgrounds

We offer our corporate clients the option of on-location shooting. This provides an opportunity to display the environment that they work in. It can also offer a more interesting image for their website and other materials. We bring all the necessary equipment needed for studio quality lighting to your workplace.


Shooting in the company setting helps to tell the firm’s story.
We like to try a few different set-ups where possible and use a variety of different environments. Such as a boardroom…
The hallways…
Or the sales floor…
Using an environmental background requires a little bit of maneuvering and creativity but in the end it can be well worth it.

Happy Holidays

 Christmas morning in the Thar Desert, Rajastan India.



From all of us at Michael O’Shea Photography, best wishes for the holiday season!





Why India?

We just booked our flights for another trip to India in February. Often I’m asked, “after so many trips there, why do you keep returning”? For me there are so many answers to that question. Maybe some of these images will help explain.



I love the markets, so full of sights, sounds, smells and frenetic activity. The diversity of people and cultures that come together is so enriching. A far cry from the “Mall” experience here.



The quiet reverence to be found at the Temples. Such a difference from the bustle of the streets and markets. The image above was taken at the Golden Temple compound in Amritsar. What the picture is unable to convey is the constant melodic chanting coming from the loudspeakers.



Of course the people. Particularly the rickshaw wallas, merchants and guesthouse operators. They show such generosity of spirit and respect that it inspires me to try to bring some of that home.



We really enjoy travelling by train. One great benefits of English rule was the railroads. The stations are so chaotic with travellers from all across the country mixed with beggars and cows and people sleeping on the floor. For a people watcher like me, it’s heaven.




When we need some quiet time it’s off to a rural area for some village life. Often these are roads less taken by tourists. Such a nice contrast to the cities. Pretty much everywhere but particularly in the countryside there is such an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and of course delicious curry dishes to be had everywhere.



Tony Koch and the AltNews Band

Sometimes this business can take you to some very cool places to meet some very cool people. On this occasion we were shooting Tony Koch’s newly assembled jazz ensemble, the AltNews Band. The location, Bryan Adam’s famed Warehouse recording studio  in Vancouver’s Gastown. While they recorded we captured images for their CD release.



Tony Koch:  Writer, composer and lead guitar. A long time instructor at Vancouver Community College, Tony assembled this A list of Jazz musicians.

Campbell Ryga: A juno award winning jazz alto and soprano saxophonist. Cam has worked with Vancouver golden boy Michael Buble and got a grammy nod out of it. 

Miles Black: Composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Miles is also one of the most sought after jazz pianists in the country. 

Miles Hill: Bassist, producer, engineer, and composer, this guy does it all. He also recently opened up his own shop called Frequency Forward Studio. 

Bobby Ruggiero: Talented and humble drummer Bobby is probably best known for touring with Van Morrison.

The album will be streaming soon on itunes.