Canning, a place in West Bengal bordering the Sunderbans - where there exists a large populace of Royal Bengal Tigers.
This photograph is taken on the banks of river Matla that passes by this fishing village. The river is both a source of livelihood and a threat to the lives of the fisher folks, for it eats into their land on a regular basis, in the process, sometimes even their homes. Growing up here isn't easy when you constantly have to search for newer shelter every time the river erodes your home.
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Furachan (0) 2007-06-12 3:41
Great shot, Siddhartha, without a doubt - excellent use of every millimiter of the vertical frame, the little face in the bottom left pocket is a winner, virtually anchors the picture. Love the way you build a triangular shape that culminated in the boy in top of the boat. Tones may be a tad dark... at least on my screen at work.
Top notch work,
smarrero (530) 2007-06-12 3:44
interesant composition with great b&w post-processing. Well done!
Angshu (56750) 2007-06-12 4:09
Love the way you composed this & love the kid in the front with the curious stare. The kids lined up against the upturned boat leads us to the man mending it, with the BG of Matla & the broody clouds above. I used to go to Canning for three months when I was posted there & memories came rushing in after I saw your excellent picture. Darun!!
thea0211 (1365) 2007-06-12 4:29
very effective placement of the kids/people, starting with the one in the right hand corner and ending with the one sitting on the boat - nice perspective - love the overall mood - good work!
Luko (14000) 2007-06-12 4:47
Excellent framing.. of course there's the kid scratching his chin in the bottom right hand side.
I don't know what's your scanning process before you uploaded but it is quite sloppy to say the least, looks like a contact print blown to larger screen size, greyish range has suffered from a lack of contrast and I can't see any true black.
... despite of the technical shortcomings, it is still a very attractive photo.
kajspice (4542) 2007-06-12 6:13
I can't comment about the technicalities of this, but I can tell you that I like it very very much. Its packed full of excellent people/things... The composition is perhaps not perfect but it is really nice.
I think you also over-burned the sky...
Nevertheless, I think this demonstrated your potential to be an excellent photographer...
coco (30439) 2007-06-12 17:39
The noise and the black and white are useful for this photo. Also you caught a very nice moment.
SebastianSeng (354) 2007-06-14 8:40
excellent compo and moment captured, though i have to agree that the skies seems a tad over-burned.
Nevertheless, this is still a great piece of work.
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2007-06-16 2:55
You maybe relatively new on this site but I have really come to admire your work, its not the kind of pictures I take but that doesn't stop me from appreciating this work of art. Love the use of grains, the work of TriX I guess. Excellent work.
Dpbours (222) 2007-06-16 8:39
Saw your mirror shot today and it made me wonder what happened between the monks and this mirror.
I have choosen this one. Great shot! Wonderful old touch to it - well, film and black and white ís old, but it even feels older. Don't know how to explain it. I mean, it's made in 2005 and it could as well have been 1961.
A bit too much sky, but great cropping at the bottom - explaining why you have gone for a centered horizon. Nice one!!
s10001in (0) 2007-06-18 1:50
Stong Photo with effective placement.
Rest of the things are bit at inferior side but you can improve those.
partha (14020) 2007-06-18 15:49
Its a good sensible shot.Nice candid take and the angle of view gives a nice effect.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-06-20 18:24
As others have already commented, this is an excellent composition, especially with the little face on the right front. The grain, the quality of the print and its scan provide a rough and simple flavor that I find quite alluring, reminiscent of an age gone by...
- Copyright: Siddhartha Hajra (sidstakes) (772)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-00-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon FG-20, Kodak Tri-X
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Photographs from Rural India [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-12 3:36
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