I picked up these two little Kids on the road to Susunia in Westbengal where I went for a weekend trip with my friends.
I was pretty amazed to see these little kids having some grup by the edge of the road which is a two way road and at regular intervals heavy vehicles were passing at a great speed.The red attrired people in the bg are the karawias who take holy spring water from the susunia mountain base and walk all the way to a temple in bankura to offer it to lord Shiva.I will post more on Kawarias later.
Susunia (Bengali: শুশুনিয়া) is one of the famous hills of southern West Bengal, India. It is famous for its holy spring, its natural beauty, its rich flora and the rock faces on which many of the famous mountaineers of this region started their journey. It is one of the rich researve of medicinal plants too. Susunia is situated at the North-Eastern part of Bankura District.
I remember seeing another shot of this nature by Niraj where it was a father and a son who were sitting by the road..Lots have been written about the way people in rural India are living and the kind of dangerous life they r in with the advent of modern amenities into their daily life..
Well, the bottom line is I told them to get of the road so that they are not hit by any vehicle and they moved out but not before giving me this shot..!!!
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isabela_sor (47722) 2007-08-10 2:29
The road seems a good place for walk,bot for truck passing by very fast...seeing so many people there I thought that is an alley into forest :)Focusing the boys you've created a good DOF in this well composed picture
Another nice weekend
aadilj (18102) 2007-08-10 2:42
Hi Indranil, to begin with your image is very close to the image I posted yesterday about life on the roads. But the similarity ends there! Your's is a better work. i like he way you have aptured these boys by the roadside and all the other action happening around them.
tibervince (781) 2007-08-10 3:36
Superb POV for this picture full of life... I love the background with the group of men approaching and the man carrying his bag on his head... DOF adds a lot.
kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-08-10 3:53
This kind of scene always touches my heart. Same as in my native country, the sight of poverty is ever present. You've captured this photo well and presented a sad part of humanity. I find it sad to see the plight of poor children. Excellent work and good write up. Tfs
nirajsinha (857) 2007-08-10 4:02
I like this shot a lot. The expression of kids are very innocent. Lovely picture. Kawarias in bg adding colours in your picture.
arnabchat (7233) 2007-08-10 4:02
important post indeed, or harsh reality. No wonder, some get hurt from accidents.
looking at the frame, it seems that the guys at the distance are wearing similar attire, ... i wonder if they are trekkers from some club?
sagar (2410) 2007-08-10 9:03
Nice documentary of harsh reality.
japiey (10163) 2007-08-10 10:50
Indro my Brother.
Life is so hard, so strange.
We conceive it without any sense of being why that happened..
Yet, it's beautifull, sensitive...
This road, and the real Indian street "junglee" life is so well portrayed.
Lovely kids, innocence blossoming in their eyes...and yet on the streets !! Heartbreaking vision. I admire you for the words told to them to get off the road.
WELL COMPOSED A SHOT.
Salutes, dear Brother.
Cretense (68691) 2007-08-10 11:42
This is an amazing double portrait and a great documentary photo at the same time. Great natural take and amazing shallow depth of field. You have showed perfectly well the dificulties that these kids are facing and the environment where they live in. Great note, too! Congratulations!
dvlazar (6644) 2007-08-10 18:35
I like this shot of the 2 kids living their day by the road, seemingly quite contently. I think all the greenery around them makes it seem like a relaxed sanctuary of sorts. Nice inclusion of the background activity too.
dsidwell (9783) 2007-08-12 10:40
Very interesting and engaging photo, Indro. I like how the boys are at the left and facing left, which gives the photo some "edginess." It works well with the mood created also by your notes! Well done! Great communication!