Place : River Hooghly, Near North Calcutta,
Occasion: The immersion of Durga Idols,
The Durga Puja is over. The enjoyment and the youthfullness of the nights have also ended. With the end of the Pujas, the empty pandals, the bamboo structures, opened up advertisement hoardings ring a tinge of sadness to everyones mind. But, how many of us are concerned with the pollution that is happening every year to the Hooghly river (as well as to every river where Immersion of the idols take place) after immersion?
Environmentalists said that immersing idols of goddess Durga, with all the accompanying synthetic decorations, has increased pollution levels in the Hooghly river here manifold and endangered the rare river dolphins and fish. The immersion of thousands of idols of Durga and other deities has added around 5,000 litres of paint, hundreds of kilograms of Plaster of Paris as well as toxic synthetic material into the river. Immersing idols, which contain large amounts of non-biodegradable material, is bound to affect the aquatic life of the river.
The impact of immersion has been studied by Central Pollution Control Board. It has been found that Clay/Plaster of Paris used to make the idols increases dissolved solids, suspended solids in water, contribute metals, sludge. Decoration material viz. clothes, polish, paint, ornaments cosmetic items etc contributes to suspended matter, trace metals (Zinc, lead, iron, chromium, arsenic, mercury etc.) metalloids and various organic and inorganic matter, oil & grease etc. Flowers, Garlands, oily substance increase floating suspended matter organic contamination, oil & grease and various organic and inorganic matter. Polythene bags/plastic items contribute suspended, Settleable matter and hazardous material to water and chokes the aquatic life.
I have tried to capture the pollution made during the immersion, also some air pollution from the smoke of the boat and from some industry on the banks of the river.
Next to come: The solution of the problem!
In the Workshop : "Some more pollution!"
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amstel (2388) 2006-10-09 5:23
I like the shot very much - not the subjet of course, but the pov and the composition. Thanks for the very informative note.
pablominto (53744) 2006-10-09 6:02
You succeed quite well in depicting pollution!
Still I have seen worse... but that is no excuse!
I like the way you frame this scenery, including different kind of rubbish and air pollution...
Good perspective, natural colours and fine details!
dhurjati (2709) 2006-10-09 9:36
I like this snap more than the previous one.Very natural colors here.With this series you have addressed a very important issue of river polution.As we all enjoy in the Durga puja we all forget that the "Bhasaan" is creating havoc to our own Ganga river-whom we worship.This needs to be checked and addressed.So I pay my sincere thanks to you.
oochappan (22043) 2006-10-09 11:45
Hi Sayan, both post, as well as the WS are excellent photos, the clarity in details and well framed with the boat aside and even the man in the water here and the fine colormood in the WS, both depict well your target of pollution, a subject not often seen from India, and you present it almost like even there is some beaty to find. Congratualations , two excellent photos.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-10-09 13:53
Awful place, not recommendet to relaxing ;).
Good, interesting capture.
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-10-10 2:55
Sure pollution of rivers is of great concern to us.Delhi courts are after Delhi Govt about pollution of Yamuna river.These idols add to pollution but thinking has to change.
Nice capture of remains.
Cretense (68687) 2006-10-10 5:38
Great, great, great progress my friend. Excellent capture with great composition, great control of light and lots of interesting details. Excellent sharpness and contrast. Above all a great subject, a trully good "documentrary" photo. I am looking forward for the "sollution" photo. Congratulations!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2006-10-10 7:43
it's usefull sometime to show the bad face of the life. ZAlos the pollution.
The way you managed this picture is beautifull with a perfect compo and a nice light.
feather (51130) 2006-10-10 8:55
You are raising a very important issue here. Both images although of good technical quality and well composed are sad and worrying. I will look out for "the solution"
PixelTerror (0) 2006-10-11 6:12
The world is not only pretty and showing us its less bright side is a good idea, your view is luminous and I like its succeeding plans that contribute to a good depth. The moving boat adds the small dynamism of the motion touch. As a whole a very enjoyable photo, which was not an easy task considering the not too sexy subject.
Have a nice day,
prezntime (3946) 2006-10-12 23:28
Wonderful point to bring up, I think it makes for a very intelligent conversation. This scene is very graphic to describe the pollution you speak about. The man wading in with the bamboo structures gives us an idea of the scale. It is a shame that such a beautiful event can result in such a ugly mess. The photo is thought provoking and your notes are excellent to compliment the picture. Photojournalism...very well done.
Angshu (55039) 2006-10-17 3:38
It's a sad sight during the bishorjon days...the wooden structures are rescued for next years' kathamos, but the other things like the paints & chemicals etc which cause unsurmountable damage. This is a good picture with the launch chugging across the river with the chimneys of some Howrah mill spewing smoke. Compoitionally this is excellent and the idea of grave importance..
isabela_sor (47557) 2006-10-17 15:18
This is very good shown....and a sad subject. The composition with polluted water and that boat is perfect. Nice shot!And a perfect note ,too
prumod (8300) 2006-10-20 13:09
your picture perfectly describes the subject...
sebinho342 (19317) 2006-10-21 9:48
Hi Sayan, wow amazing picture and strong effect on eyes, that's the kind of picture that makes you reflex and mind a little bit "what if all that continue during years ?" .... So sad to see so much pollution, one day mother nature won't support anymore that human pity.
pranab (5354) 2006-10-24 0:08
good capture. it is a sad reality of our culture. as the modernization invade our society it seems we are ignoring our natural resources and nature more and more. it is the effort of photographers like you and your work which may one day put an end to all these polluting factors.
like the composition , because of the elements in this shot and the color and details are great.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2006-10-28 11:07
Excellent capture with great composition, different kind of rubbish and air pollution.Good job my friend.
All the best for you...
- Copyright: Sayan Chakrabarti (sayan) (2617)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-03
- Categories: Festivals, Transportation, Ruins
- Camera: Canon Powershot A620
- Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Pollution, Kolkata on the Hooghly II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-10-09 5:03