I took this shot at Bandel Church.. You can see the statue of Mary and Jesus..
About Bandel Church:-
The Bandel Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in West Bengal, India. It stands as a memorial to the Portuguese settlement inBengal. Built around 1660, it is dedicated to Nossa Senhora do Rosário, Our Lady of the Rosary. It is one of the most prominent historical churches in West Bengal as well as in India.
Around the middle of the 16th century, the Portuguese began using Bandel as a port. During or around 1571, they were given permission by Akbar, the Mughal emperor, to build a town in Hooghly. As they began settling around the area, their priestsbegan to baptise the natives - by 1598, Catholics in Hooghly numbered around five thousand, including natives and mixed races.
In 1579, the Portuguese built a port on the banks of the Hooghly, as well as a fort, and enlisted the services of a band ofAugustinian Friars, then the largest religious body in Goa. The following year, Captain Pedro Tavares obtained the emperor's full permission to preach the Catholic faith publicly, and erect churches. Thus the Bandel Church came to be constructed in 1599.
This first church was burnt down during the sacking of Hooghly by the Moors in 1632. A newer church, constructed by Gomez de Soto (also spelt John Comes de Soto), was built over the ruin in 1660. The keystone of the older church can still be seen on the eastern gate of the monastery.
The November 25, 1988, Pope Leo XIII declared the sanctuary a minor basilica.
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krzychu30 (12605) 2013-08-27 2:55
magnificent shot!Minimalistic,but thanks to your excellent close-up and of course monochrome treatment it´s very distinct.I really enjoy here the play of light&shades and strong contrast.
Superb work my friend!
Have a nice day
aleXundar (555) 2013-08-27 4:38
A beautiful close up with excellent details. You have wisely opted for monochrome. . . I liked the shades of gray. Very nice.
subhendu_bagchi (20976) 2013-08-27 4:58
dear Indrasish, a nice close composition of the statue. Nicely opted for monochrome. Good processing. Nice tonal quality and sharpness. A nice one. Tfs.
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-27 8:12
Nice shot..good lighting and shades...well composed and captured..good details..Tfs
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-08-27 10:50
I love the contrast in this shot, it suits the statue so perfectly. I like also the gentle smile of the Mother, and how you composed the frame. The border suits brilliantly too, and a nice conversion to black and white.
As ever, your interesting notes add a lot to the image, so thank you again.
ikeharel (43903) 2013-08-28 1:12
An immaculate sharp photo, Indrasish.
Cropped well to have a concetrated view on the statue, and the B&W medium enhanced the details of the subject.
Fine work done.
Miguel82 (14376) 2013-08-29 11:02
Dear Indrashish, it's a very ancient church, I was surprised to read the dates in your photo comment
Good close up of Marie and infant Jesus
Nice b&w version picture
siudzi (27701) 2013-09-15 13:29
I like this one. The sculpture looks very unique and interesting in this b&w presentation. Well executed cropping and perfectly managed sharpness made the scene really fantastic. TFS.