The blue buildings of Jodhpur are often associated with Lord Shiva and his Brahmin followers in the city, who throughout history have believed the colour to be sacred. Other theories attribute the colour of the city to the presence of copper-sulphate in the original white paint of the buildings, or to the indigo trade in and near Jodhpur during the colonial period. Whilst the reason behind the blue of Jodhpur remains unclear, the awe-inspiring appearance of the blue city is undeniable. In McCurry’s monumental photograph, the blue buildings, the mysterious man and woman who observe the city from a roof in the foreground and the implausible perspective of the scene depicted, all serve to render Jodhpur as an other-worldly paradise.
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