AR­REST­ING ASIA

On a jour­ney through In­dia and Nepal, pho­tog­ra­pher SAM REIN­DERS cap­tured the essence of the two di­verse coun­tries, mostly while get­ting her­self in­ten­tion­ally lost.

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ABOUT THE PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Saman­tha Rein­ders’ pho­tog­ra­phy ca­reer evolved from a con­coc­tion of ex­pe­ri­ences like rid­ing shot­gun in her fa­ther’s beloved Land Rover on the dust roads of South­ern Africa, ex­plor­ing the cu­ri­ous hills of Ap­palachia, or sand­wiched be­tween two other pho­tog­ra­phers in the press pool at the Oval Of­fice. Ir­re­spec­tive of what sparked it, her cho­sen ca­reer has en­abled her to chase pen­guins, fly on Air Force One, hunt with Mon­go­lian No­mads and meet all sorts, from busi­ness­men to home­less peo­ple.

She has a mas­ter’s de­gree in vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Ohio Univer­sity, and cur­rently di­vides her time be­tween South Africa and Asia.

HOW SHE GOT THE PHO­TOGRAPHS

In Varanassi, I spent days on the ghat whiling away the time so peo­ple got used to my pres­ence – and I did the same in Boud­hanath. My go-to lens is a 24-70mm. I use it for al­most ev­ery­thing, as I pre­fer not to walk around with a big bag. I like to melt into the crowd as much as pos­si­ble. But I al­ways try to spend time with peo­ple, to hear their sto­ries, try a few words in their lan­guage or show them pho­tos on my cell­phone of my fam­ily or my dog. In other words, I share some­thing of my­self.

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