Wagah – an evening with our neighbours ( a photolog )


If you are an Indian or a Pakistani, Wagah border (located at the Indian border of Punjab near ‘Atari village’ ) is one place which has become synonymous with neighbourhood bonding, a place where 2 great neighbours meet each other. Recently I visited Wagah to see the joint retreat ceremony conducted by the Border Security forces which happens every day ( no matter what the weather conditions are )

Enjoy the photolog of the retreat ceremony at the Wagah border of India & Pakistan.

Started with some Black & White portfolio shots of gathering outside the Wagah Border Ceremony Grounds, this is perhaps one of the most toughest portfolio shoots in my life since all these photographs were captured in the midst of very heavy rain and indisciplined crowd of 1000+ at least which was pushing me every now & then. On top of it I had forgotten to carry my lens cover. So every  5-10 seconds, there were water droplets on my camera lens which I was trying to swipe with some dry cotton, finally managed to take some shots.

People Portraits at the Wagah border
People Portraits at the Wagah border

Portrait of a Border Security Force Officer (below)

Portait of BSF Officer at Wagah
Portait of BSF Officer at Wagah

Excited Crowd entering the wagah compound (below)

Swarn Jayanti Dwar ( Gate ) – Wagah (below)

BSF Officer managing the crowd and getting them ready for the retreat ceremony (below)

People were getting super excited holding the Indian National Flag and getting a chance to run upto the Wagah Border. People belonging to all cultures, languages, ethnicity and castes came together to celebrate the bond of friendship at Wagah. I was surprised to see a lot of foreign nationals joining us in the festivity by participating in the flag march. I guess there are few spaces which works like a glue to join people, Wagah is one such place which serves you a lavish ensemble of Unity in Diversity

The Retreat Ceremony ( Below )

Getting ready for the Retreat Ceremony at Wagah
Getting ready for the Retreat Ceremony at Wagah
The Starting Bugle for the Retreat Ceremony at Wagah
The Starting Bugle for the Retreat Ceremony at Wagah

The Indo-Pak Retreat Ceremony at the Wagah

 

You can see the complete ceremony photographs below:

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