It is one of the most photographed structure of Angkor, but Ta Prohm is special...meaning "Old Brahma" in Khmer, it is one of few temples (other being Preah Khan) which has deliberately been left in its "original" state, Strangler Figs, Banyans, or kapok trees grow on top of the buildings, their roots interlacing with the carved lintels, showing the unique way that nature has of taking back and swallowing the constructions.
To me, as an Indian, Ta Prohm is important, because a 10 year Indo-Cambodian restoration project is underway from 2004 under the aegis of Archaeological Survey of India.
This tree with it’s massive roots needs no introduction, but I wanted to capture the derelict state of the temple in the same frame. The apsara on the wall is almost worn out. Pillars & stones lie strewn on the ground. The doorway on the right leads to more ruins.
Have I achieved my objective? You are the best judge!
“Stone and wood clasp each other in grim hostility; yet all is silent and still, without any visible movement to indicate their struggle as if they were wrestlers suddenly petrified, struck motionless in the middle of a fight, the rounds in this battle were not measured by minutes, but by centuries…it’s simply staggering! “
A Sanskrit inscription on stone, still in place, give details of the temple. Ta Prohm 3,140 villages. It took 79,365 people to maintain the temple including 18 great priests, 2,740 officials, 2,202 assistants and 615 dancers. Among the property belonging to the temple was a set of golden dishes weighing more than 500 kilograms, 35 diamonds, 40,620 pearls, 4,540 precious stones, 876 veils from China, 512 silk beds and 523 parasols. Even considering that these numbers were probably exaggerated to glorify the king, Ta Prohm must have been an important and impressive monument.
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pastadog (13111) 2006-03-17 4:25
Hi Angshu, first of all let me tell you that I'm really impressed about the quantity of excellent shots you took during your trip to SE Asia! Very productive indeed. In this one I actually like the right side, good colors and details in the stone, incl. a sculpture. The left side is certainly an impressive sight, esp. as we can see the "light at the end of the tunnel", in this case the long passage, POV perfectly chosen. But it suffered from not ideal light conditions, and probably also in PP. Keep posting these impressive shots of these impressive sights! Regards, Daniel
anavazao (5592) 2006-03-17 6:37
a very beautiful place with great details, composition and details! Good note!
Have good weekend!
feather (51130) 2006-03-17 8:44
It really is an amazing place here; we visited in 02. The close up shot shows well how the jungle is re-claiming the old temple. It's over-exposed in the top right but still a good image.
Gerrit (46878) 2006-03-17 14:02
Hi Agshu, remarkable shot, I like the wild wood and the eroded stones with the carving. The colours upper left seem somewhat overdone, but a fine picture overall.
thanks and regards, Gerrit
pranab (5354) 2006-03-18 1:38
wonderful composition, almost abstarct. good color scheme , though contrast is a bit high. but this shot represents the time and its power.
sayat (2949) 2006-03-18 3:19
Dear Angshu, this is an impressive shot of a place that I really want to go in near future. I really admire the friendship of stone and the tree and this is very well refleceted in the photo. A good shot, but I am not sure about the colors.
Best regards my friend,
leo61 (0) 2006-03-18 6:44
Good view of Ta Prohm and this fantastic tree.With your POV you show us nice details and interesting light.Good sharpness too.
pierrefonds (56090) 2006-03-18 11:06
This is a nice photo with a good composition and colors.
ngythanh (8580) 2006-03-19 6:27
You came to the right angle and zoomed into the real and meaningful nose of Ta Prohm. That's why your photo has its unique strength.
"Have I achieved my objective?"
"You are the best judge!"
CRATEOS (7278) 2006-03-20 13:28
abstarct!!!!!composision of the great moment!!!that is life !!!!....GNGRS !!!! Nikiforos
anew (582) 2006-03-28 19:50
The one thing that makes this picture really unique (despite having seen it so many times) is the fact that u captured the true colors so very well. Wonderful work...
Budapestman (82620) 2006-06-27 14:55
Fantastic as human artwork and natural "art" to accrete. Very nice impression, i like it very much. Thank you, nice days,
zips (1958) 2007-08-05 22:30
A good concept here but it seems to be a bit over exposed. I know it is not easy to wait around for perfect light with so much to see,
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55263)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-04
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Theme(s): Cambodia - Ta Phrom trees [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-17 4:00
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