Vicki Couchman Clinic Instagram Guest Takeover #5

March 6, 2017
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This week we welcomed one of our talented partners to take part in our Instagram takeover – photographer Vicki Couchman.

Vicki has been fortunate enough to be in the industry for over 20 years, beginning as a junior photographer on the Isle of Wight County Press before going onto The Brighton Evening Argus where she won several photographic awards in her three years there.

For the past 15 years, Vicki has worked as a photographer based in London for many of the UK’s national newspapers, regularly for the Sunday Times Style and Culture magazines. She has also been on assignment for various charities to Africa, including Trade Plus Aid, Save the Rhino International and Christian Aid.

“A Vendor selling musical toys takes a call on his mobile among the ruins of Hampi, India. Jan 2016

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving. I first visited Hampi in 1994 and held it as my number 1 favourite place in the world and so was afraid to visit again and burst that magical memory. Last year I returned with friends, it is now a World Heritage Unesco site and although it has changed, it still is a magical place and well worth a visit.”

“Candy floss vendor on the back streets of Ujjain, during the Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, India 6th-9th May 2016.

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”

“A Sadhu drinks his evening Chai on his sleeping mat, before he beds down for the night. The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the World and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India. Many of which spend many nights sleeping on the Ghats. Hindus believe bathing in the holy waters of the river Shipra during the month long festival will cleanse them of their sins.

Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, India 6th-9th May 2016

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”

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“A Hindu pilgrim dries her Sari in the sunshine.

The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the World and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India, who believe bathing in the holy waters during the month long festival will cleanse them of their sins.

Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, India 6th-9th May 2016

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”VC 6

“Early morning on a Second Class Sleep train from Madgoan in Goa to Kochi in Kerala, India.

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”

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“Naga (naked) Baba in his camp. Adorned with flowers and images of Shiva, pilgrims come to give offerings and be blessed in return. The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the world and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India during the month of May.

Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, India 6th-9th May 2016

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”

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“The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the World and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India during the month of May. Although a predominately Hindu Festival, the Sikh Temple (still in construction) positioned on the Ghats of the River Shipra, Ujjain right in the middle of the festival, donates one hundred thousand meals daily to anyone in need of a meal.

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”

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“A Sadhu drinks his evening Chai in his makeshift camp before he beds down for the night. The Kumbh Mela is the biggest spiritual gathering in the World and attracts up to 10 million Hindu pilgrims a day from all corners of India.

Kumbh Mela, Ujjain, India 6th-9th May 2016

India has been a love affair since I first visited in 1992. I have returned regularly to the country that just keeps giving.”

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