During my visit to Cooch Behar in West Bengal in one of the quarters of Madan Mohan Temple I found this artist giving shape to faith. He was making clay idols for the temple and some festive occasion to come.
Idol worship is mainly observed in Hinduism. Hinduism neither prescribes nor proscribes worship of images. Although Hinduism is commonly represented by such anthropomorphic religious icons such as murtis, aniconism is equally represented with such abstract symbols of God such as the Shiva linga and the saligrama. Furthermore, Hindus have found it easier to focus on anthropomorphic icons,because it is much more difficult to focus on God as the unmanifested than God with form, due to human beings having the need to perceive via the senses.
I hope you will enjoy the efforts tried.
Regards and Thanks for Visiting
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rlrad (1845) 2010-06-19 5:23
I like the slight sepia tone to this one - it gives the photograph a timelessness - it could have been shot yesterday or decades ago by some Smithsonian photographer. I imagine the process in making the idols is every bit as timeless as the tools in evidence in this shot have not been updated for many, many years. Good job catching the sculptor in action, much better than if he had caught you and posed. Excellent composition, as well!
Had a few minutes to check this one out - gotta get to work - there is no rest in retirement, apparently!
Talk to you later,
hemantbuch (1649) 2010-06-19 7:57
Hi Tushar, perfect tone and sharpness. Superb subject as well. I would have preferred to see the person's face but that's a personal choice, isn't it? Nice picture, tfs.
holmertz (47150) 2010-06-19 8:28
I always enjoy pictures of craftsmen at work, at least if they are so well executred as this one. The sharpness is very good and I enjoy the fine nuances of b&w. It's well composed, showing clearly the sculptor and his statues, as well as the baskets where I guess he keeps the mud. The bodies form a nice curve through the picture.
ymrk (15047) 2010-06-19 8:53
emotional moment and creative idea you caught...all the best ;)
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2010-06-19 11:12
beautiful presentation of this shot. Nice experiment of black and white and sepia colour. Great detailing of the artist's work. I just astonished about the hidden face of this artist. Anyway it is a superb composition with the clay made idols. Great job. Tfs.
pauloog (11747) 2010-06-19 11:47
A wonderful and most interesting view of the craftmanship exercised by the artist. The sculptures have an almost modern outlook. Brought in good light and contrast.
halilguven (417) 2010-06-19 12:33
Harika bir kare olmuş tebrikler.
bukitgolfb301 (38526) 2010-06-19 13:40
Hi my dear Tushar
What an amazing and wonderful scene!
Very immpressive withg much pulse one.
In this case B&W description is far better than, your choise is absolutelt correct.
Congratulation on your fine job!
Thanks for your sharing and have a good Sunday!
Best regards from muggy Tokyo,
macondo (18977) 2010-06-19 13:49
A very fine b/w photo, well cropped and with superb levels of contrast and sharpness. The tonal variation is superbly smooth. Your photo really conveys very well the nature of the craft this man is performing with great concentration. And thanks for your interesting note.
eversmile (11636) 2010-06-20 0:51
In the thumbnail, I was not so much attracted, but at the opening, the surprise is good. I think the success of the picture comes not so much from the POV, this time, but from the textures. The similarity between the man's skin and the sculptures is amazing! And he almost seem to imitate with his legs and arms, the attitude of the unfinished statue in clay. Beautiful light, and once again, a paying choice of sepia.
patdeph (35748) 2010-06-20 1:14
excellent B&W picture,the sharpness and the light are superb,as the different tones of grey!The effect is wonderful!The scene is very intesting,perfectly framed!
PixelTerror (0) 2010-06-20 12:51
Another nice image of yours, the choice of BW is good because it reduces the differences between creations and the artist
Have a nice day jY
delpeoples (56042) 2010-06-24 18:46
Namaste Tushar, I love to see photos of people at work. And they are even more impressive when we see an artist - or should I say TWO artists at work. Your photo is a work of art within a work of art. COngratulations and have a very happy evening, Lisa
subhaadhya (193) 2010-07-06 23:21
Nice shot dada...too clear....nice DOF....a little sepia tone make it more beautiful...
- Copyright: Tushar Kanti Mandal (tusharkmandal) (3173)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-05-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D5000, Nikon 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 VR, 52 mm Marumi UV Filter
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-06-19 5:08
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