The small town of Pushkar, in eastern Rajasthan, completely transforms itself in early November to a spectacular fair that attracts tourists from the world over. The tourism revenue generated during the fair sustains the local population and takes them through the entire year. The Pushkar Fair is, essentially, two events coming together- the annual exhibition and sale of prize camels (Pushkar's a desert town and camels are much in demand throughout the region) and of course the marriage fair where the camel herder community's decked out in their finest and matches are sought for all their eligible young men and women.
There's colour and festivity all around. And, of course, camels- as decked up as the young brides and grooms to be. There's painted camels, dressed up camels, tatooed camels. Camels of all shapes and sizes and various forms and degrees of adornment.
But this one, I thought, took the cake. It's one thing, you know to do a David Beckham to your hair or shave your Premier League team's name on to your pate. It's another thing altogether when you try the stunt on your hairy deriere (assuming, of course, you've got hair enough back there). This guy seemed pretty happy, though, chewing cud and showing off his rump to the world at large!
Nikon F75, 28-105mm
2005, The Camel Fair in Pushkar, Rajasthan, India.