We stayed near Kargil for two days, partly waiting for a route for the Aryan village to open up and partly because we were in love with the beauty and tranquilly of Apati, the village near which we had camped. During our stay there, we got a priceless opportunity to peek into the lives of the people of Apati and also to interact with them and share some of our experiences. Part of the result were some great portraits that we are going to cherish for a long time …

Muzammil

Met this very cute kid named Muzammin in the Kargil Market. His father owns a shop there and the kid was having a good time there. Took permission from his father to take his photograph and then bought a chocolate from his own shop to give to him 😛

  • Camera – D7000,
  • A – f5.3
  • S – 1/125 s
  • ISO – 640
  • F – 105 mm
Nambardar's Wife

She is the Nambardar’s (Village Head) wife and one of the most important women in Apati. Met her on the street in Apati and requested her to pose for some photographs. After some hesitation, she agreed shyly and the results were fantastic !

  • Camera – D7000
  • A – f10
  • S – 1/40 s
  • ISO – 320
  • F – 105 mm
Nambardar

And then the Nambardar came himself, we requested him for some photographs as well and he too happily obliged. A very friendly man who seemed to be happy seeing us around !

  • Camera – D7000
  • A – f11
  • S – 1/20 s
  • ISO – 320
  • F – 200mm
Apati Girl

Curious by the ongoing photoshoot, some kids gathered around us and were the most eager to be photographed. This young girl was the boldest of them all and had a great smile. Though the photograph got blurred, she secured her place in our memories.

  • Camera – D7000,
  • A – f11
  • S – 1/15 s
  • ISO – 320
  • F – 70mm
Apati Mother and child

And then there was this poignant young mother with a very cute baby. Both the mother and son looked straight into the camera and we were more than happy to capture that beautiful moment.

  • Camera – D7000
  • A – f11
  • S – 1/80 s
  • ISO – 320
  • F – 80mm
Apati Old Man

His was the last significant photograph that we took. As we went down the hill towards the Maitreya Buddha, he invited us to come to his barn and showed us around. A very amiable old man with an honest disposition, we had a group photo taken with him 🙂

  • Camera – D3000
  • A – f13
  • S – 1/20 s
  • ISO – 320
  • F – 200mm