The Holi Festival of Colors: Street Style
April 11, 2014
It’s time once again for the largest (that statistic always weirds me out for some reason) Holi Festival of Colors in the Western Hemisphere– held in Spanish Fork, Utah. Well, actually, it was two weeks ago, but I hadn’t been in a couple of years and decided to take a visit and see what kind of photos could be found there. I wrapped my camera in Saran wrap and grocery bags, made the trek down to Utah County and fought the wind and dust to climb up the hill which was home to the Sri Sri Radha Krishna temple. Normally, coverage of the Festival of Colors results in a lot of great photos of people having a wonderful time chanting “hare Krishna” and throwing colored cornstarch into the air. This is all well and good; I’ve gotten some of my favorite photos from covering past Holi fests (see: Holi 2011 and 2012). But this year, I decided to take a more street-photography-like approach to photographing Holi, maybe catching people a little more unaware than usual. Whether or not that worked, I still got plastered with powder and my scalp was pink for four days, but hey, it’s Holi.