This is yet another post from Kumartuli. The place is now in full mood, because the biggest festival in West Bengal-Durga Puja is just 23 days away and almost all the idols in Kolkata comes from this place. The neighbourhood of Kumartuli is well known for its traditional image-makers and potters (kumors). Kolkata celebrates the Durga Puja over a period of four to five days when the city is inundated with crowds of merry-makers out to visit the different places where the Puja festivals are held. The potters, who are traditionally skilled at making earthenware and clay images, are commissioned with the largest amount of orders for making the clay idols of goddess Durga slaying the demon, Mahisasura, a battle representing the triumph of good over evil, and her four children. This is taken a few months back when the idol making just started. All the idols are made of clay (except some idols which are made of fibre. These idols go outside India where there are large Bengali communities in different countries). In this picture you can find how the clay is treated before using it to make the idol. The man is busy pounding a mound of clay by his feet. The clay is mixed with a little amount of straw and after one/two days this clay will be added to the straw-bound wooden frames of the idols.
At various stages of image-making, one can observe how clay is used over bamboo and hay structures supporting the body of a statue, how they are then left to solidify and in the end coloured with layers of white paint, followed by more natural colours, and finally dressed in real clothes to look like the gods and goddesses they are supposed to represent.
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syd1946 (18663) 2007-09-25 2:13
Very dramatic scene of difficult daily life moment.The black and white choice is the best choice for this one,increasing more the interesting.Very good note also,helps to understand more...
partha (14023) 2007-09-25 3:41
May be this photograph cant able to pick up lot of comments because a very few viewer can mentally attached with it. As per documentary purpose this is really a nice shot expressing the work and details in activity. Your note is something very good and overall B&W conversion is a nice idea.
shabsslg (203) 2007-09-25 5:08
Dear Sayan da,
tomar ei sob aantel marka chhobi ami bujhte parichhi na. tobe mone hochchhe jinishta besh art house film typer hoye gechhe. tai age theke critique kore rakhloom jate pore keu amay murkho na bolte pare!
belido (19934) 2007-09-25 7:01
I really like this b&w compo with strong contrast. This treatment is suitable to the purpose of the image. It's kind of a vivid b&w image. Good dof and note as well. I like it!
zeca (19762) 2007-09-25 19:25
The textures are nicely captured. I like the b&w as your option to post it. Well done! Its important to read your note to understand.
arnabchat (7233) 2007-09-25 22:05
Sayan, an interesting view, while one can see the mashing of the clay and the straw bits together, one can also see the alley and the hald-done idols on the sides.
Atousa (7131) 2007-09-26 0:57
Its really a great informative shot with good perspective and pov..nice to see people doing artwork and making idols in different shapes.
photographer123 (6246) 2007-09-27 8:15
wonderful documentation....very good use of monocrome....and I also agree with partha...best wishes...subir
Angshu (56760) 2007-09-27 20:49
Glad to see a new post. B&W is the perfect choice. What I like is the clarity in the FG of the clay being prepared & the OOF BG leads us through the alley with the idols in various stages of making. A very well written note to accompany this very good work!
siolaw (38294) 2007-09-29 3:32
An interesting scene of the Durga idol making, with B7W adding to the mood and enhancing the textures of that clay. The off centered framing works well and lets us see some idols almost completed...
faubry (35447) 2007-10-01 4:56
hello Sayan, intersting shot from this work shop, we can see the very hard life, good documentary shot
Dyerco (10185) 2007-10-01 7:42
An interesting subject which works well in B&W. The boy in the background seems to be on an angle. Perhaps because of the wide angle. Well done.
vincz (19113) 2007-10-02 0:28
Excellent catch with a very appropriate use of black and white. I love the position of the potter, his gesture. The textures all around are excellent the choice of focus and dof excellent.
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-10-02 5:49
Hi Sayan, a beautiful conversion with strong contrast..
i like a lot to see men at work..
your note is perfect to understand well the moment..
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-10-02 10:58
Very nice B&W daily life shot. Excellent composition and good documentary work. Well done my friend...
Have a nice day...
prumod (8300) 2007-10-03 5:23
it's a nice b/w treat... the contrast is very attractive... daily life is very well captured...
sagar (2410) 2007-10-04 9:17
Sometimes a broad white frame can increase the essence of a shot.Your post is a perfect example of that. The life in Kumortuli that you have portrayed here is excellent!!B&W has worked wonders!!
smitha (360) 2007-10-05 2:28
Good shot showing the bustling life of Kumartuli. Very informative notes too. Never knew before how Kumartuli came to have such a name, but after learning the meaning of Kumors from your notes, i can very well establish a connection.Good documentation. And good cjhoice of B&W image.
Thanks for the share,
jmdaoudal (82) 2007-10-05 8:06
The depth is very well done, the action is clear and the bottom very informative.
Thank you for this note, I have learnt something, and find here a work I saw inn several mediteranean countries too.
Cretense (68703) 2007-10-06 9:56
Once again an amazing b&w, documentary or journalistic photo from you! Great daily life scene, perfectly composed and with a very impressive "shallow" depth of field. I am very happy to see that you have developed your own personal "style". Congratulations, my dear friend!
batalay (40385) 2007-10-07 11:43
It is always a pleasure to read your notes in tandem with your photographs. They are illuminating. In old English houses, they would make the frames of the houses with very thick wooden posts. Then they would fill the spaces with with mud/clay and straw mixed together in what they called "wattle and daub." The composition sounds very much like these artisans material. It is probably a building process that goes back thousands of years.
Luan (12971) 2007-10-07 23:35
A very nice shot, you b&w conversion is great. The right part seems to be isolated form the remainder of your photograph.
Merline (0) 2007-11-01 7:54
Very interesting view of this artisanal work in the middle of the street, a real documentary image. I like the b/w, you gave it very good contrast and focus on the main object, in the beginning I was wondering what it was about, thanks for the informative note !It's really great that one cas see some of the achieved results.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-11-06 19:25
Quite a strong photograph, Sayan. Excellent tonality, and good perspective use. That clay pile looks almost living real.
- Copyright: Sayan Chakrabarti (sayan) (2617)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-05-20
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Powershot A620
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Artists at work, Arts and Crafts of Bengal [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-25 1:55