Conceived as a symbol of everlasting love about four hundred years ago, the Taj Mahal is designed and built to last two thousand years. The Taj is as far from transitional as could possibly be – singular in purpose, carved perfectly from white marble, draped in layers of filigree, inlaid with precious stones set seamlessly, it redefined the expectations of what could be achieved in its day.
And it is utterly spectacular today.
So much better than, and so different is it from anything I’ve ever experienced in architecture that picture taking and documenting activities seemed pointless, detrimental to the experience, and generally unable to harness what makes it special – it must be experienced completely and fully. This series of images tries to capture the intensity of the Taj through the experiences and interactions of other visitors to the monument.
Much has been written about the Taj, and anything more will be superfluous. I’ve heard people in India dismiss it as a tourist attraction, and visitors to the country are often discouraged from visiting it for that reason. Nothing could be farther from the truth – it is a popular destination for good reason. It has reset my expectations of architecture, craftsmanship and the art of building.
The Taj Mahal is a genuine wonder of the world. Do not pass it by.