Siliguri Junction is where I caught the toy train to Darjeeling in the Himalaya foothills. Siliguri Junction itself is on the coastal plain & is flat. Although many Indians today wear Western clothing like jeans & tshirts, there are still some that wear more traditional garb. These guys are snakecharmers. There are live cobras inside the hessian bags.
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RGatward (20052) 2005-03-25 3:35
Interesting daily life shot, showing a lot of local detail. Maybe a bit too much going on for a great compo, but very a fascinating scene.
greg64g (11193) 2005-03-25 3:52
Nice picture, not usual, we can smell the perfume of India. Your note is intersting
nwoehnl (122) 2005-03-25 5:43
Interesting scene, Chris, with the folks waiting by the diagonal tracks. The colorful signs add interest and also work well as an additional element in the overall framing. Good colors.
jhm (134498) 2005-03-25 7:03
Hello Chris, interesting note too, these guys are snakecharmers with the traditional attires, very nice picture excellent sharp and clear, my compliments.
weswang (18223) 2005-03-25 11:08
Hi Chris, I hope you were not seating next to them in the train :D Thanks to your note for explaing the group of people. A nice catch. The colors of the signs are very bright attracting attensions. A very interetsing shot.
carper (96) 2005-03-25 11:49
Well I like this one Chris,
There is a lot to see in this composition, I like the point of view, the details and the depth in the photo, very nice job.
mumek (20198) 2005-03-25 12:31
Very interesting picture and the note.Good composition with beautiful colors, the details and light.Thanks for posting
bpelvan (3798) 2005-03-25 15:27
Very very colorful, sharp and well composed image. Very good DoF and all the details so visible.
The only point draw my attention is that it seems,as if, some of them are hiding their faces. Aren't they??
Very good job and thanks for sharing...
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-03-25 16:59
Hi Chris, nice colourful picture! I like it how they form a group, although I never understood why they flock together, I'd say, when you're on your own, the chnace that you get some people who take a look, is much bigger.
I like your lond DoF, thaer's miuch to be seen here.
PLD_images (7149) 2005-03-25 17:13
Strong image I find here. Those are scary bags - cobras really??? - I fond that there is good contrasts with these traditional garb and the surroundings.
aloyho (6798) 2005-03-25 21:21
There are great contrast here between the signboards and the others but you managed to harmonized all the elements through you composition and POV. You must be lucky to have all the snakecharmers there! Congratulations!!!
chinchini (31529) 2005-03-26 1:49
J'aime cette photo document avec cette halte du "toy train". Il ne fallait surtout pas effacer le panneau "Stop" ;-))
Et drôles de bagages que transportent ces charmeurs de serpents. Il vaut mieux qu'ils ne vident pas leur sac.
C'est une très belle composition Chris, bravo !
everlasting (14303) 2005-03-26 13:17
Before I read your note I was trying to think where Siliguri Junction is. I know I have been through it. So glad you told me or I would have had that nagging feeling all night. Goof DOF here as there is a lot too see in this shot.....maybe its a bit too busy, but so is India :)
cmartos (242) 2005-03-27 5:37
And you took the train with these guys and all their filled bags?!? You crazy man. I like the unusual scenery here, still reinforced by the yellow sign. The Pov and angle is very good, I like these guys sitting almost under the "Stop" sign!
HAPPY Easter Chris
mitternacht (1839) 2005-03-28 16:48
I'm always surprised when I find out that stories I've been told when I was a child seem to be for real. Never really thought that snake charmers where real, or at least not as abundant as here. I like the signs and the scattered people. Rural meets urban kind of feel here.
noborders (1010) 2007-05-17 14:46
Great idea, this photo of platform... Not only the snake charmers, but the signs and the people crossing the railway lines. I think that I must have passed there at least 10 times, changing trains or just passing by (or from train to bus and reverse too) - so that photo has for me a special interest !