Carnival of Color - Holi Brooklyn

Holi is an important festival to Hindus. It is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon day of the lunar month.  Also know as the Festival of Colors or the Festival of Love, it is an ancient religious ceremony which has become popular around the world.  I would love one day to take a trip and explore where this first originated, but in the meantime I thought I'd travel to Brooklyn to participate in this carnival of color that was so close to home.

Attendants play, chase and color each other with dry powder.  I wanted to experience this first hand, so off I went to the Holi NYC Festival this past Saturday.  I set out to make portraits along with documenting the event.  For the head shots I cropped them square as this seemed to work best.  For the scenes, I needed to be more flexible as the square format didn’t really tell the complete story.

To me, each persons face became an abstract canvas.  It was intoxicating and so much fun to photograph.

 Back To Color

Back To Color

I wanted photograph people at different angles to show off the colors in an interesting way.

 Spy Color

Spy Color

These 2 guys looked almost like mannequins, even in person... or international spy's, your choice.

 Green Day

Green Day

 Red Head

Red Head

What caught my attention was the fact that this fellow only had red pigment on his head.  I am sure that didn't last for long.

 Joy Intoxicate

Joy Intoxicate

 Human Color Abstract

Human Color Abstract

 Lime & Magenta

Lime & Magenta

 Looking For Color

Looking For Color

The overcast day was the perfect backdrop as it really made the color portraits stand out against the grey sky.

 Yellow Color Splash

Yellow Color Splash

 Cornstarch Pigments

Cornstarch Pigments

 Aqua Cloud

Aqua Cloud

 Blue In The Face

Blue In The Face

 Blue Bus Blue Girl

Blue Bus Blue Girl

I think this turned out to be my favorite photo.  I was attracted to the blue bus with the girl who's face was in the same blue color... and the bus was named blue too!

The festival signifies victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships... plus a whole lot of colorful fun.

Susan Marie