The Red Fort

Largely constructed of red sandstone, Delhi’s Lal Qila (Red Fort) was built between 1639 and 1648 by the same Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, responsible for the Jama Masjid, Old Delhi and the Taj Mahal.

In the west, a fort is purely military in nature, but in India the word “fort” refers to a fortified palace. These were as much opulent residences for the ruling classes and centres of government/justice, as they were military structures. They were very much symbols of wealth and power on which no expense was spared…….and the Mughal Emperors were fabulously wealthy.

I don’t mind admitting that I struggled a bit with photographing Delhi’s Red Fort…’s a sprawling site with no real stand-out focal point. Also it was hot and humid under the harsh mid-day Indian sun and my energy levels were dipping a little.

© Mark Simms Photography (2014)

24 Responses to “The Red Fort”

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Adrian… I said I struggled a bit photographing the Red Fort, but these five aren’t too bad.

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Sarah…are you back to “normal” health now (I won’t say good, because I know you have long-term conditions)?

      • Sarah Longes - Mirador Design

        Ha ha 🙂 Yes, normal for me! I’ve actually been able to do quite a lot this week which has been great. Shattered today but that’s the way of things!

  1. Vicki

    I can imagine how these type of enormous forts would be hard to photograph, but you’ve made some excellent images in this series. I assume you lay down or knelt down for a couple – good way to capture the vastness of the area and the beautiful ceilings and columns.

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Vicki…..yes I was pretty close to the floor on a couple, but my camera has a flippy screen so that helps massively with awkward angles.

  2. hawaygeordie

    Beautiful arches captured professionally. Thanks for sharing!

  3. LensScaper

    I saw this forty-five years ago this November after five weeks trekking in Nepal. In some respects I found it more impressive than the Taj. these image have brought back a lot of good memories.

  4. Noeline Smith

    I know exactly what you mean: there are always places that don’t want to be photographed but you’ve got some great shots here. Out of adversity ….. !


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