Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela

Angus Hannam, February 2013

Upon arriving in the city of Allahabad, India for the Kumbh Mela Festival, we were faced with inconceivable crowds of pilgrims and make-shift accommodation quite literally as far as our eyes could see. In fact, over the entire course of the festival, over 100 million attended the event, and it is said to have been the largest human gathering in history. Having made our way to the banks of the Ganges, we decided to take the plunge and bathe in its holy waters for what was an unforgettable day. Here is one of my favourite portraits of an elderly pilgrim who asked me to take his picture.