Even after 800 years these graceful dancing Apsaras still display their warmth and beauty. Each of Angkor Wat's apsaras is unique. Elaborate headwear, jewellery, body posture and facial expressions define each one, whether they appear in twos or threes or on their own.
Immediately noticable, on most Cambodian temple reliefs of apsarasas, are the sideways-pointing feet of the dancers. Technically, the reliefs are so shallow that a volumetrically extended foot would simply not fit. Artistically, the Cambodians tended to avoid figural perspective. Culturally, their sideways- pointing feet are also consistent with politeness (one should not point one's feet towards a superior). When goddesses appear in shallow relief, the feet are splayed apart rather than side-by-side; guardian figures usually have their feet set normally upon the floor.
My concentration was to capture the variations of these Aprasas in their head and bodygear, postures & gestures. Each variation offers a unique mood and testimony to the enduring beauty carved into these temples. It is truly beauty frozen in time. I have tried to capture the window on the right in the same frame to have that added perspective. Hope you like this picture.
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RADEEH (2802) 2006-02-20 8:49
I am ispired by this work and your wonderful observations in the note.
This is a asset to TE.
I admire your style, its mind blowing
pierrefonds (57003) 2006-04-16 8:28
A good POV of the Aprasa trio and of the window, the photo has a good composition and perspective.
capthaddock (28790) 2006-05-26 13:38
Hi Angshu - a random find today, it looks like it did not get much attention, but arguably one of your best, the almost B&W details are well seen and the linearity of the right part balances the curves of the dancers at left.
pablominto (53744) 2006-06-13 1:32
Pleasant framing of this details in the architecture!
Interesting also from an artistic point of view, where you convey well what was done back then in good details...
Well balanced composition!
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-08-23 6:09
This is a suoerb composition with the graceful ladies on the tablet and the window. Details and exposure are quite good. You have a nice series of Cambodia pictures. Best regards.
Stepan (27210) 2006-11-08 17:02
Interesting cropping and composition with this opposition between scupltures and statues. Interesting texture too in tht grey light.
crckt (7218) 2007-09-09 5:48
Oh! I love this shot for many reasons: First, the subject is unique. Second: the missing column on the right window, and the variations of shades of the apsaras add drama here. Third, the choice of B/W is ideal here, it just brings a feel of the past. AWESOME!
maloutim (9637) 2013-04-20 17:56
I love this nearly B&W composition. Great capture of the apsaras in shallow relief, as you explain so well in your note.
You did well including the frame of elaborate columns in your compo. It gives the picture an interesting dimension.
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55669)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-01-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Heritage Sites of South East Asia
- Date Submitted: 2006-02-19 23:18