I took this shot at Esplanade Crossing..
Esplanade (Bengali: এসপ্ল্যানেড) is an area in central Kolkata, earlier known as Calcutta, in the Indian state of West Bengal. This is not a conventional esplanade in the sense that the place is not exactly situated alongside a waterbody. However, the river Ganges, also known as the Ganga or the Hooghly, is located nearby. This esplanade is located in the heart of the city and is one of the busiest portions.
The Esplanade was the name given to the northern portion of jungle, which later formed the Maidan. In olden days, it stretched from Dhurmotollah (now Lenin Sarani) to Chandpal Ghat on the Hooghly River. In the days of Warren Hastings, it formed a favourite promenade for 'elegant walking parties'. The five principal streets of Kolkata abutted on it, says Sophia Goldborne, who wrote in 1780. Both Daniell and William Baillie give a picture of Esplanade as it appeared in the closing years of the eighteenth century. The old Government House and the Council House are conspicuous objects in each drawing. Danielle presents an unfamiliar addition view in the shape of two elephants with a crowd of attendants.Bourne & Shepherd, photographic studio was established here in 1867 by British photographers, Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd, and still exist here.
The strengthening of British power, subsequent to their victory in the Battle of Plassey was followed by the construction of the new Fort William, in 1758. The European inhabitants of Kalikata gradually forsook the narrow limits of the old palisades and moved to around the Maidan .
he street named Esplanade Row, finds a mention in the map of 1784, running from Dhurmotollah right on to the banks of the river at Chandpal Ghat, passing on its way Government House and Council House, both facing south. Subsequently, it was divided by the gardens of Government House into two parts, Esplanade Row (East) and Esplanade Row (West).Esplanade Row (West) now runs between Government Place (West) and Strand Road, through the High Court. Esplanade Row (East) has been renamed Sidhu Kanu Dahar and occupies the northern end of the Maidan.
As a result of the movement of Europeans from the old palisades in the eighteenth century, Esplanade Row took on a new look. The most important public buildings and imposing private houses lined the northern side of the Esplanade, facing the Maidan on the south. “Esplanade Row,” wrote Mrs. Fay, “seems to be composed of palaces.”
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Noel_Byrne (26105) 2013-09-21 9:22
Your capture here really catches the essence of the busy streets, as we see traffic going every which way, but this in no way takes away from the majestic architecture on display with it. In fact, the building is positioned perfectly in the scene, it being a calm and steady aspect, while the streets below are alive. I like the color choice too, the sky is very active and beautiful. Nicely done as always my friend!
All the best
aleXundar (1256) 2013-09-21 9:54
It is a difficult shot managed superbly. Though cloudy, keeping the drama of the sky with details of the white building, was really a challenge. I think, monochrome is a wise choice.
Very well done.
With best wishes,
macjake (58862) 2013-09-21 9:57
If i ever make it to Kolkata, I know what photos to look up on TE before i arrive :)
this somewhat reminds me of Cuba, seems to be a time warp scene, as if this was taken in 1950.
love the huge architecture, and the old looking taxi cars which give a strange life-mood to the scene.
excellent choice for black and white conversion too.
cool looking city shot, well done
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-09-21 10:51
superb composition showing beauty of your Kolkata and also excellent treatment in monochrome(which works well with this subject and especially with these dramatic sky)
The image has outstanding quality and is well framed!
Well done my friend!
Have a nice evening
ikeharel (60363) 2013-09-22 1:26
B&W photo is justified here, Indrasish.
Light was very mild and WB from the clouds would askewed the colors-curve on image.
Fine impressive building pic., well in clarity.
Architecture's is overwhelming sight.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2013-09-22 2:02
bah, darun chhobi. The black and treatment suits the texture of the building and that of the clouds. You got a superb sky to assist your composition, which is nicely done keeping the building off-centred. Excellent shot. Tfs.
- Copyright: Indrasish Guha (Indrasish) (2893)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-09-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D5100, 18-135 Nikkor
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/360 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Kolkata (My city) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-21 9:04