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…..it’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)