20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Washing in the Ganges

Ganges is an unusual river. For Hindus, this is a goddess, it is associated with many rituals. But this does not prevent her from also fulfilling the everyday needs of the residents of Varinasi, such as bathing. The shrine can help to carry out daily life, not only to collect honors. A girl with a green sari entered the water without bowing and mudras in order to wash her hair. All the time when she was applying the shampoo, she was standing with her back to me, something was missing in these pictures. But when she plunged head and surfaced, turned to me and looked into the camera so seriously, I was captivated by this face, it's beautiful.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Varanasi, India
Camera: X-E1
Copyright: © Hanna Burdo