Kerala Houseboating, A Water Perspective

Kerala Houseboating, A Water Perspective


Water transport offers lots of opportunities to ogle and gaze and stare and grasp what your neighbours and enemies are up to.

Being on a river, stream, ocean or just about any body of water works as a staging for this type of moving street photography. And travel photography by houseboating is up to the task. People living, loving, crying, enjoying, working, playing, existing in their world, with their world as a backdrop.

For one thing you can get a unique perspective on life around you with a broader, unobstructed, more open view. You do not have to deal with traffic, telephone lines, mind your own business people, angry dogs or any of the other things that get in the way of your little boxed lens and your plan for a contest winning image. This can also be problematic as you may miss something even more interesting than what currently has your attention by the mere fact that so much is going on and available. All eyes on deck, all of them.

People are the same around the world but the different tweeks of life are what is interesting. Children everywhere love playing in water but it is what Indian youngsters do that is fascinating. Everyone has dirty laundry but we do not all hang it out to dry in the subcontinent sun. Many people need to get to work by local transport but we do not all travel by dugout across a series of canals. Drinking water is a universal and basic necessity but we do not collect it by canoe. Street photography by houseboat is a unique and rewarding format.

For more on Kerala and southern India, see:


Indian subcontinent waters
Kerala, India – Venice of India ©heather simonds


Indian Kerala paddling
Paddling Kerala Waters ©heather simonds


Indian Kerala walking
Neighbourhood Walking Along The Venice of India ©heather simonds


Indian Kerala reflection
Laundry Day Kerala, India ©heather simonds


Indian Kerala boats
Water, Water Everywhere            ©heather simonds


Indian children play
Children Are The Same Worldwide ©heather simonds

2 Responses to “Kerala Houseboating, A Water Perspective”

  1. Kaye Madsen

    I always enjoy your vignettes, both words and photos. Brings me right into the moment. Thanks, Heather.



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