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Canned Candids: Friendly faces from Triplicane, Chennai

Posted on June 21st, by Peter Parkorr in India, Picture Perfect. 12 comments

I spent a few days in Chennai on my recent trip to India, and really enjoyed staying in the Triplicane district. Not wanting to do much touristy stuff, I was quite happy getting some work done in my hotel, and then take little wanders about the nearby streets during the mornings or evenings to get some good pictures of the Triplicane locals.

Indian beggar wheelchair gold rimmed glasses


Triplicane Guesthouse Keys to Paradise Unlocking Freedom

April is very hot in Chennai (35°C/95°F+) and is a tourism low-season, so that meant I was easily spotted wherever I went. The candid photographs of Indian people on the streets were not going to present themselves easily. I was about as inconspicuous as a White Rhino browsing your local supermarket.

Anyway, I spent a couple of evenings trying to get pictures of people living on the streets. I didn’t come away with many candid shots, but I did get some great pictures of Indian kids putting lots of effort into their posing by the roadside.

Chennai Triplicane happy indian kids posing for photo

Happy South Indian children in Triplicane, Chennai

Chennai Triplicane indian kids living on the street

A young Indian boy who’s family live in the streets of Triplicane

You can see from my pictures that South Indian people, especially those in Tamil Nadu, generally have darker skin than North Indians. I also took plenty of video while I was snapping these guys, which I look forward to sharing soon. If you want to see them as soon as they upload, make sure you’ve subscribed to my YouTube channel.