I wondered how long some of the books had been in the shop and struck up a conversation with the owner. The bookshop business had been in family for a few generations dating back to the British Raj, and had been the pride of the family supplying text books to students attending Rajshahi university. That was before 1971, when as young man living with his middle class family he was forced to flee across the Padma river before the fighting of Operation Searchlight against Bengali civilians, students, and intelligentsia reached them.
The family later returned, only to find most of the books and shop destroyed. Knowing no other business they salvaged what they could and began again.
Looking at the books I believe many were prior 1971, I wonder what stories they could tell.
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trevormoffiet (2452) 2013-11-17 3:19
A really nice portrait of this bookseller in a casual pose with his books. A perfectly framed composition.
baclama (17309) 2013-11-17 3:21
j'aime les librairie.....
une superbe photo d'un magasin pas comme les autres
siudzi (32475) 2013-11-17 3:33
What an unique scene you have seen and photographed! It looks really interesting and the colorful books built an eye catching sight. Simply perfect wok! Well done!
Cricri (101629) 2013-11-17 4:11
J'aime l'idée original de cette petite librairie, le cadrage , des couleurs et des détails bien rendu, très jolie composition
npecanhuk (61104) 2013-11-17 13:34
Very interesting picture indeed and together with you note it catches even more my attention!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, slim black borders, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent and really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
abmdsudi (39794) 2013-11-18 3:56
Love the old fashioned feel of the book shop which also really suits in mono tones imho. This looks like a goldmine for photo opportunity that would entice anyone and i love the way you have a picture of owner who looks quite pleased and positive but good to think also that there are still places like this around. The processing works well which adds a crisp sharpness and contrast that enhances the whole scene and atmosphere which add to the feel and emotion for the viewer. A very well observed, balanced and carefully crafted composition which works so very well in your chosen format. Great photography, very good to see, beats Amazon I reckon!! TFS
divail (8288) 2013-11-18 19:22
C'est un sujet très intéressant, et très bien présenté. J'aime l'étroitesse du local, et les planches des tablettes arondies par le poid des livres.
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14361)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-01-09
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mm VR, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-17 3:07