Dawn breaks over an old brick temple in rural Bengal.
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gpsony (448) 2007-06-13 11:58
Well seen and shot. The silhouette looks wonderful against the bluish early morning sky. The mist in the background adds to the mood. The coconut or palm trees accentuate the shot.
prantik (1136) 2007-06-13 13:03
This is a quintessential rural bengal ("graam-bangla") picture, animesh. Not sure it will resonate with everyone the way it does with me. As I mentioned in some of your earlier shots, this is a page from "Tara Shankar" or "Bibhuti Bhushan". The palm-trees, the kali-temple, the blue sky right before sun-rise, all leading up to the beginning of a story as the heroine is about to go to the ponds for her morning bath and to fetch water in her earthen pot ("kolshi"). Speaking of which, have you seen Rituprono's "Chokher bali"? I was quite impressed.
pS: I just wrote a critique on Luko's today's "Hold" picture which you may find interesting :)
Luko (13978) 2007-06-13 17:02
Just for the title : "The dawn, bengal", I'd award you the full points. You're hitting a sweet spot of the western imagination, very near to our G spot in fact. Bengal is forever the land of early mornings: promises of mist droplets on banana tree leaves, sleepy villages and tigers roaming in the wild (perhaps too much Kipling influence for us)...
I've read Prantik's comments and fortunately (or quite oddly) the exotic image match with what Bengal means to a bengali.
Yes, "the dawn, bengal" is an emblematic sentence, like "the scent of green papaya" would be for Vietnam, something that is intrinsic to the country, the sun may rise in Japan but it's always dawn on Bengal.
Sorry I didn't comment your photo, I feel it is so redundant with the symbolic title that it cannot fail anywhere.
Furachan (0) 2007-06-13 20:35
Yes, you're pressing all our neo-colonial, protofascist buttons there, amigo ;D Like the man says, it starts with the title, and it's downhill from there. A beautiful near-monochromatic rendering in silhouette, dreamy, exotic, soiphisticated. And what it says to me in a very LOUD way is this: back in 1985, some 22 years ago, you were already one heck of a photographer, Animesh. Here's the proof...
jinju (14265) 2007-06-14 2:59
Although I prefer your b/w work Animesh, this shot has a great atmosphere to it. Very mysterious, a very heavy mood too, the black and the deep blue weigh very heavly in this shot. Theres also an deafening silence here, almost a feeling of death..very moody work.
michiels (4170) 2007-06-14 15:11
Tropical blue ... i love the soft blue tones and the silhouets of the building and trees. Great composition.