Steve McCurry’s Blue City

By

4th Dec, 2012

20121204-180315.jpg

There are no cars or motorcycles in the medieval quarters of Jodphur, India, once the capital of a princely state. Contrasting the burnt orange of the Thar Desert, the old city is painted in brilliant blue. Local guides say the houses were painted blue to indicate the homes of the upper-caste Brahmins, but others say the houses were never painted blue in the first place. Allegedly painted white to begin with, the buildings turned blue after the copper sulphate was added to white lime in an attempt to deter nesting termites; a beautiful accident. It caught on and blues of every shade began to cover the city.

It makes you think that painting any city in shades of piercing blue, no matter where, would make it into a magical place. These are the photographs of the legendary Steve McCurry, the man behind the haunting portrait of the Afghan Girl.

20121204-174649.jpg

20121204-174657.jpg

20121204-174717.jpg

20121204-174706.jpg

20121204-174702.jpg

20121204-174712.jpg

20121204-174721.jpg

20121204-174743.jpg

20121204-174728.jpg

20121204-174735.jpg

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Internet ScrapbookLife is Messy

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

johnies

Hollywood Ghost Diner

I've been on the lookout for a truly authentic 1950s diner since I arrived in California. I finally found it, driving down Wilshire Boulevard and screeching to a halt as soon as I locked eyes o...

Trending 4,355
featureclub

My LA Boogie Nights Bar

After 24 hours in the city of Angels, I had yet to find the perfect LA hangout I was looking for. I have this romantic vision of Angelinos hanging out on seventies lawn chairs in their backyards wi...

Trending 2,674
phantomlake

Unmasking the Parisian Phantom of the Opera

What if I told you there is a lake under the Paris Opera House, just like in The Phantom of the Opera? Down, down, down, deep underneath the Garnier Opera in a dingy room with a square-shaped hol...

Trending 13,229
mecaniquefeature

The San Francisco Antique Playground

This might sound odd, but I'm not really a museum buff. I generally find that if something is behind a barrier or kept in a glass box where I can't pick it up or touch it, I won't linger very long i...

Trending 3,927
featurebyron

Trespassing Hotel California

We heard a rumour that there was an abandoned 1930s hot springs resort hotel on the road to San Francisco, that may or may not still be there. Of course I had to go see for myself. We pulled up to t...

Trending 14,641