Ebook review: Rabari – Encounters with the Nomadic Tribe by Mitchell Kanashkevich
Mitchell Kanashkevich embarked on a fascinating 4 month journey to photograph the Rabari, a nomadic group of Indian cattle herders. As with so many cultures in today’s fast paced and ever changing world, the Rabari’s culture is quickly changing and Mitchell’s objective with this journey was to photograph the traditional rituals and dress, not just as a documentary but as work of art. This he achieved in a stunning portfolio of well thought out images. Rabari – Encounters with the Nomadic Tribe highlights the thought and process behind 10 of these images.
Each image is presented with a full page spread with only captioning and exposure information providing us with an uncluttered view of the finished photograph. As mentioned before, these images are stunning and would do well purely as a portfolio but fortunately for us, Mitchell is willing to provide insight into the process that went into each of the photos.
The following pages contain additional background Information and Mitchell’s thoughts about the objectives, lighting, composition and other factors influencing the image. What is most impressive in this collection of images is his use of light. Graphics often illustrate the lighting used for a particular image and work well to explain his use of reflectors for many of the photos.
Of particular interest to me is the presentation of other images from the same shoot with a discussion about how a decision was made on the final image. Mitchell works his subjects well and this composition discussion highlights the thought and process of working with his subjects.
What I find most impressive is the way that Mitchell treats the post processing of the images. While his well thought out images are fine the way they come out of the camera, his post processing truly brings out the “wow” factor that has cemented his reputation. The “What” and the “Why” is discussed for every image with both before and after photographs being shown along with a detailed description of the tools used to make the required changes. While he uses Lightroom and Photoshop, these ideas could be applied to most imaging programs. This is the type of information that has me looking at revisiting many of my images and working with them a little more. The results are astounding!
It’s easy to see why Mitchell Kanashkevich’s work has gone on to win numerous awards and has been published in many international magazines. If you want to take your travel photography to the next level this book will fulfill your requirements.
The Rabari – Encounters with the Nomadic Tribe by Mitchell Kanashkevich is part of The Insider Series to Travel Documentary Photography published by Light Stalking