The monsoon rain is magical in Bengal.
Low wet clouds drain their load on forests of Sal and Mohorjhara in Birbhum, among gnarled roots that wrestle the red soil of Khowai, where Santhal women herd their goats.
It was one of those dark wet days in the forest.
[Scrapbook in the workshop]
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Polonaise (5802) 2007-08-26 16:41
Without any hesitation I'd chosen the one in left bottom (WS).
It's very 'photographic'...
I know, it's hard to evauate properly such small dimensions photo, still... ?
From what I see - that's my absolute favourite.
Nice to see you back, Animesh...
e30mike (312) 2007-08-26 17:09
Beautiful shot, I love to still see shots like this coming from film. Great expressions, nice detail, wonderful picture!
Furachan (0) 2007-08-26 21:11
Your work is marked by a combination of lucidity, intelligence, and compassion, animesh and this is no exception. It is not your best shot ever, as I'm sure you are well aware, but it is luminous in its "truth" nonetheless. I am with george here. the bottom left (vertical) execution in your WS is the best, and I would like to see more... In fact I would urge you my friend to post more regularly because those of us who espouse a certain approach top photography are getting pretty thin on the ground these days on TE and that is a shame. Let me add two well deserved jade bits to your tally for this under recognized piece.
bantonbuju (51789) 2007-08-26 22:39
the grimases onn their faces reveal the disappointment, despair, or maybe even sort-of-fear...the rain must have been a real pain in the back to them...
wish some of it showered the greek forests...:-((
sidstakes (772) 2007-08-26 22:48
Whoa...this is terrific Animesh....one of my favourite places in Shantiniketan is this Khowaier haat(which happens every Saturday) near the Khowai (spell check!?) river..isn't it taken there?
And such grit and tenderness oozing out of this image of your's ...the rains in Shantiniketan must be quite a treat...I remember cause last year I went there during the monsoons...it was lovely...
This is really a fantastic photograph ...love those out of focus trees in the background ..the two ladies' expressions...the overall tone...great work!
PS: I think you've done justice to the place. :)
wolf38 (31284) 2007-08-26 23:24
Hallo Animesh. Ein Regentag. Er hat die Landschaft mit einem besonderen Licht durchflutet. Dieses Licht ist wundervoll. Es verzaubert auch diese beiden Frauen. Eine der beiden Frauen blickt in die Kamera. Die andere hält sich sozusagen an ihr fest. Das Photo ist perfekt komponiert. Die Grauwerte sind excellent. Eine photographische Spitzenleistung. Viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
arnabchat (7233) 2007-08-27 2:16
This is a nice double portrait. Yes, amidst monsoon magic in Bengal. So, you are back to US? or still around? Regards, Arnab
Salil_B (737) 2007-08-27 3:24
Excellent. Knowing the cirumstanes of the shot, I find it even more facsinating. Great atmosphere. Wonderful smile.
ALSOM (6616) 2007-08-27 5:25
Nice to see your back ...
From the WS, the one on the bottom left is very nice, you can feel the situation there: humidity, the rain, flooding, etc.
This one is also nice but doesn't have the same level of contextual descriptions ... I really like the frogy aspect with the HL in the bg.
designsoul (21492) 2007-08-27 6:15
Welcome back with this fine work, Animesh! Though I would myself opt for the lower left of the WS photos as main posting, this one has the plus of seeing the feminine softness of these lovely ladies surrounded by the rain. I also love the luminous blur of the forest behind them... So you were in Bengal during the huge monsoon season... working for a charitable org., we raised money for those afflicted by this year's rains... it was very hard for Pakistan and Bangladesh, Nepal...
take care Animesh
lovely to see you back!
Preetie (433) 2007-08-27 7:59
My favorite of the lot..I guess I would have been happy with the one posted today had I not seen this one.
Thanks for sharing
kensimage (8565) 2007-08-28 23:05
This is beautifully done, Animesh, with the glowing wet forest behind them looking like some kind of fairyland. And the two are the magical denizens of that forest, the beaming mother and the daughter who looks to her shyly. It may be a dark wet forest, but there's nothing gloomy about it! Regards, Ken.
- Copyright: Animesh Ray (AnimeshRay) (9089)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-08-18
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon F3 HP, Nikkor 28mm f/2, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Exposure: f/2
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): My summer in India [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-08-26 16:22
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