Mark Hartman's Stunning Photos from India and Nepal for New Yorker Instagram

Mark Hartman's Stunning Photos from India and Nepal for New Yorker Instagram

Photographer Mark Hartman, a Boston native, has taken over the New Yorker’s Instagram for the first week of March. Hartman is currently traveling in India and Nepal. His striking photographs give insight into the two countries’ inherent beauty and long-held traditions.

In his first post on the account, Hartman says “Greetings and love from Kathmandu, Nepal. This is New York City based Mark Hartman and I will be guest posting on the New Yorker Instagram all week long from Nepal and India. I am currently working on a personal project around the idea of devotion to the unknown. Please stay tuned.”

Golden-Temple-India-Sikh-Warrior "Nihang, The golden Temple, Amritsar, India. Nihang Sikhs are the traditional Sikh warriors. They are heavily armed and live nomadically. They are defenders of evil and the defenseless. Still to this day they can ride busses and trains for free." -M. Hartman

Nihang-Sikh-India-Hartman-New-Yorker "Fully armed Nihang Sikh, The Golden Temple, Amritsar, India. " -M. Hartman

Meditation-India-Golden-Temple-Hartman "4am inside the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India. A Sikh means to live as a student, the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak a teacher and student taught others the importance of meditating on the name and vibration of god in the early ambrosial hours between 3:30-7am." -M. Hartman

Sikh-Turban-Hartman-New-Yorker-Caste "The Sikh turban is a self initiation as royalty. The turban is a literal crown. All of Sikh gurus or teachers fought tirelessly against India's long standing caste system. The turban was a defiance against the caste system making everyone a king." -M. Hartman

Sikh-Singh-Hartman-New-Yorker "Every Sikh man has the last name Singh, the literal translation means Lion of God. The purpose of this identity is to serve humanity with absolute sacrifice and to protect the defenseless. In the Sikh tradition it is equally important to live spiritual as it is secular. To work by the sweat of ones brow, but also to be free spiritually like a bird." -M. Hartman

Sunrise-Golden-Temple-Hartman-New-Yorker-India "Sunrise at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, India." -M. Hartman

Hartman is an avid poster, updating the feed several times a day with stunning image after stunning image, creating an intimate connection between his audience and his subjects. You can follow his progress on The New Yorker’s account or Hartman’s own.

I will speak with Hartman about his project and his experience in India and Nepal when he returns to the states on March 19th. Stay tuned!

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13 Comments

Where's the stunning?

Jozef Povazan's picture

Well that came to my mind as well - look I had an old blog with my wife when we travelled around world couple years back and India and Nepal were on our list... that blog is down now but I still keep couple at my commercial website - these are not stunning but do a decent job next to the above ones I think :) - http://www.povazanphotography.com/index.php?r=site/album/id/p1

... stayed in india.

"Devotion to the unknown"
Love it.
Interested to see the rest of this story!

Sorry, but how is this stunning? Everybody with a camera or smartphone takes these kind of shots while traveling. I guess they are perhaps striking for someone who's never traveled to an other part of the world or other has spend some time in an other culture

alternate headline for this article: 'these photos show everything wrong with the media today'.
See how a good amateur uses his phone to capture beauty in the poorliest manner.
I hope that:
- the writer of this article looks at some more travel-photography, but by pro's
- Mark Hartmans gets a decent camera, plus learns the patience to shoot straight
- the New Yorker starts paying journalists for their tekst, and photographers for their photos again.

I find it interesting that those who posted the negative comments didn't have the balls to post on the actual Instagram feed from which this story was derived... or to directly disparage the work of the photographer on his site - who incidentally seems perfectly well traveled and a somewhat accomplished photographer...
Better to troll here, off target and in relative 'safety' I suppose.

Well thats pretty simple: My command has nothing to do with his photos or his project. So I'm not posting on his instagram photos. The classification "stunning" and "striking" in this fstoppers item is what I'm complaining about. I see a lot of photos and videos that are not very special or striking (including 99,9% of my own work) and i don't command on those either of not being stunning :)

So your issue is the rather subjective use of the adjective 'stunning' in the headline. Headlines are of course inherently designed to grab the audience's attention. That's the job of the author and of the website - to garner traffic. Still, your issue with the classification of these photos as striking or stunning is purely subjective - as is everyone's opinion on what is beautiful. I think less time 'commanding' and more time focusing on the quality of your work may help you with that 99.9%... imho. ;)

Yes, also in my case: my first reaction was towards the writer of the article.
Sure, I understand a little embellishment is allowed to make a headline.
But embellishment of a quality is the opposite of what happened here. The quality is just not there, as so many of us "trolls" pointed out.
I hardly ever comment, and usually in a more positive criticism but this was just too much.

I guess this site use so many tecniques to draw the attention of the viewr, but use this unashamedly wrong. I was used to visit Fstoppers everyday, but now is just ocasionally, this is getting a mess theres not a focus on information and using this AMAZING SUPERB INCREDIBLE titles for everything makes it loose credibility.
Please guys change this behaviour for your own sake.

Love one of the comment here that argues "stunning is subjective", let me tell you, these picture are NOT stunning, and that's an objective judgement.

These photos is not even mediocre. paid absolutely no attention to composition. Some photographers think if they go to another country and just press a button on a colorful and exotically-clothed subject, their photos are instantly interesting and stunning.

If you want to see what's real professional travel photographer's work, check this out, just look at the composition in all his photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/maciejdakowicz/

Now that's what I will called stunning, subjectively and objectively.

If anyone wants to see some good shots from India and Nepal check out my Instagram.

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