Uttarayan Kite Festival

I was commissioned by Gujarat Tourism to photograph the Uttarayan Kite Festival. The festival marks the end of winter and is a sign for farmers that harvest season is approaching. People of all ages take to the rooftops to fly the traditional Indian fighter kites, known as Patang. Kite strings are coated in a mixture of ingredients including glass powder, egg-white and brightly coloured dyes, allowing them to cut the strings of other kites. Another part of Uttarayan is the International Kite Festival, where people are invited from all over the world to come and fly their kites in various locations around Gujarat, including the beautiful White Desert of Dhordo and Sabarmati Waterfront in Ahmedabad.

Kite sellers at the night market.

A man sells finger tape at the night market. the tape protects against cuts, caused by the sharp kite string.

As the sun sets locals down their kites and set off fireworks and release Chinese lanterns into the sky.

A man releases a magic lantern into the sky at the end of the Uttarayan Festival.

A long exposure captures the light traces from hundreds of Chinese lanterns.

A young Indian girl in traditional dress.

I met this man in Ahmadabad Old Town, who was kind enough to pose for a photo.

An ironing shop in Ahmedabad Old Town.

A tailor works in Ahmedabad Old Town.

Indian traditional dress.

Inside our incredible tent at Rann Utsav Kutch, where we stayed for two nights.