Taking another step back in time but remaining in India.
This photo is from Delhi in late 1977. I had been watching a procession of vehicles featuring Hindu deities and then turned to the other side of the street to take a picture of some of the people watching the show.
The title is, as you well understand, mildly ironic.
Among the vehicles rolling along the streets of old Delhi was this one.
I have scanned this from a Kodachrome slide. Here is a larger version.
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photographer_sg (4402) 2014-04-10 8:13
nice moment from the Indian daily life of the 70s. The cute little girl in the red dress sort of stands out from the crowd. I think the scene would not be very different even today in most parts of old Delhi which is where this picture appears to have been taken. The colours are natural and the details of the children and the shops in the bg interesting.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
Nicou (123272) 2014-04-10 8:24
La police veille sur tous ces enfants quelle vue et scène quel nombre d'enfant sueprbe compo et iamge.
saxo042 (37578) 2014-04-10 9:41
Han tycks ju ha massan under kontroll. Barnen här ser ju ut att visa full respekt för denna vakt, eller vad han nu har för ställning. En intressant bild med många färger och detaljer.
pajaran (52614) 2014-04-10 9:47
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, lep pogled na decu i policajca ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem slajda, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Dobar rad, lepo secanje na -1977.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje.
A good article on the place and time, a nice view of the children and a police officer ...
Good work by scanning the slide shown good place and time.
Good work, good memories of -1977.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best.
mesutilgim (85454) 2014-04-10 11:02
Hello dear Gert,
Title and theme ! Perfect fit. Kids are kids; no matter if in Delhi or in Vienna. They don't respect anuy authority. And it's good so.
Again a perfect archival entry from more than quaerter century ago.
TFS and best regards
PS.Bu the way you have a perfect "reporter eye". The kids on my todays posting from Vienna are kids of a turkish Kindergarten !!
ourania (32127) 2014-04-10 11:57
a great composition and a very interesting daily life scene. There's huge human interest in this scene, the group of spectators vs the lone officer who is the only person facing in the opposite direction. It's so intriguing to study the people and the interaction among them, it's great that you provided a complementary picture that gives us some idea about the spectacle they are watching. A vibrant scene with so many portraits in the frame. From all the spectators one is eying the soldier in an unfriendly way and one is looking curiously at you. I also like the vivid colours and the full background. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Royaldevon (30237) 2014-04-10 12:56
Ha! Ha! Gert, I don't think the officer would have much trouble with this crowd! Apart from a very small child, none of the others seem to be paying him any attention at all! They are all too occupied with the procession! I'm so glad that you added the link, which explains why these youngsters are so enraptured.
A great journalistic shot from days long ago; well, it was before I had my daughter ...!
My warm regards,
williewhistler (14611) 2014-04-10 13:21
the officer appears to have most of the onlookers under control ,I`m not too sure about the child in arms though..
These are such colourful and very attractive images, with everyone dressed in their Sunday best clothes.
It seems that you have an archive photograph for every occasion.
It`s a fascinating scene,thanks.
Kindest regards Les.
carlo62 (33803) 2014-04-10 15:07
questo militare sembra chiedersi cosa sta facendo in quel luogo e con quella gente.
La curiosità dei bambini è contagiosa e tutti osservano attentamente senza distrarsi.
E pensare che questi bambini adesso hanno tutti oltre 40 anni....
nikkitta (14858) 2014-04-10 16:33
A colorfull stret scene, where call my atention nobody talks or smile
Interesting that children share same cloth design
Mouving the way the elder take care of his litlle brother at the front
Enjoy watching the very narrow shops at the back
Not much has changed nowaday in this place
jhm (140070) 2014-04-11 0:41
This type pictures is always very interest more than 35 year old, I know not or there is a lot change in Delhi, maybe more cars.
You shows us, a very nice image with all these young children, now also mother and father, the time is quick.
Excellent scanned picture with excellent colours for these time.
Very well done, TFS.
Enjoy the day ahead,
kasianowak (6853) 2014-04-11 3:52
Another interesting street scene, so different from the one showing the procession. While taking photos of festivals it's always good to point one's camera at the spectators too!
Yes, I can see why your title is ironic. :)
Have a nice weekend
Fis2 (86309) 2014-04-11 5:35
Next excellent reportage photo!
Good frame, composition and amazing colors.
Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (61172) 2014-04-11 5:51
Une belle image de tes archives. Le scan révèle une quantité de très beaux détails. Je crois tout de même que le policier pourrait être plus souriant avec les enfants.
abmdsudi (43718) 2014-04-11 6:27
A vibrant timely shot, their best colors and props all contribute to the picture, the expression, enthusiasm, placement are attractive making this shot lively. A record of actual situation there as the elements work together and also speak to us directly. Excellent street people picture. Congrats
annjackman (19937) 2014-04-11 6:33
What a lovely bunch of children who will now probably have their own children to take to shows such as this. A lovely slice of life in 1977 showing the colours of India.
Kind Regards, Ann
Romano46 (18466) 2014-04-11 6:59
un'altra delle tue belle foto senza tempo.
Anche in questa la realtà di oggi non appare dissimile da qualla dell'anno in cui l'hai scattata.
Da notare che la trasposizione tramite lo scanner in questa è riuscita particolarmente bene e non ne ha fatto soffrire assolutamente la nitidezza e la resa del colore.
Sempre eccellente il taglio e interessante il soggetto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
eldancer1 (28513) 2014-04-11 7:30
This policeman has a very serious look on his face guarding those children, concern for or about the children? Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
imageme (1767) 2014-04-11 7:39
Hi Gert, Lovely scenery of all these kids watching the show in the street from year of 1977 in Delhi, India. The kids probably have their children now....who knows. It is funny that why are all the kids in the front and the parents are in the back. I guess this just the Nature of the parents who always want to give the best to their kids....love sacrifice. Colourful shops in the BG and the boy on the top of the group really stands out in the frame. The security looks mean. Thank for sharing
rychem (24022) 2014-04-11 9:01
Great street scene, very nice documentary photo, it could be interesting to know if today are also held the ceremonial processions. Well done
Silvio1953 (123603) 2014-04-11 9:12
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with a lot of cute chuildren, nice scene, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
kato (11630) 2014-04-11 11:55
You're capturing well this gaily life by a good andle and excellent ton, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle which policeman control the crowd watching the parade. I can see many cute children in it and stores peculiar to India in back. Probably, they are looking at the Hindu parade. The policeman of defense seems to be tedious although the crowd is excited.
macjake (57074) 2014-04-11 16:40
well, I can assure you this photo wasn't taken in Canada!
Oh man, i love those signs in the upper bg.
lots of grunge, lots of scruff that could use alot of cleaning - but thats what makes the scene so enjoyable.
of course all the people help too :)
so is this man a policeman? no gun? what's he holding behind him?
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-04-12 6:23
Nice to be back to see your photo(s)again, stepping back to the time when.. wish we could turn the clock back in real life... Wonderful documentary shots, full of life.I especially like the little girl in front,picking her nose..? :-D Keep up your brilliant work.
gildasjan (41628) 2014-04-12 10:08
Une belle image de l'époque argentique.C'est un très bon document d'histoire.Bon scan de ce Kodachrome.
emka (79926) 2014-04-12 22:06
Hi Gert, NIce oldie, attractive also this car from procession. As always, excellent quality of original photo and scan.
Warm regrads MAlgo
PS. My Georgian trips comes to the end, today evening I fly back home.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-04-13 5:20
In your title I see 'unruly' but according to me they are very polite in comparison to Indian standards :-)(and after commenting this I see your note :-) The lathi wielding cop has a peaceful job over here. A fine street and DL shot with lot of details and expressions to enjoy.
'Dunlop' was almost monopoly in tyre business in India then but sadly now it is out of business in India. So much has changed in the all these years. Enjoyed a lot seeing this, thanks for sharing.
boa (6075) 2014-04-13 12:20
den här bilden talar nästan för sig själv, folket verkar respektera vakten(eller snarare käppen bakom ryggen) Min polare blev själv vittne till när hans Taxi chaufför blev utdragen och pryglad med en liknande käpp för att han hade kört på en cyklist i Bombay, ruggigt! Bra ide att fota åskådarna, ofta är det intressantare än själva händelsen som de betraktar.
Husfasaderna bakom är helt underbara, vilken patina!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-14 6:28
yes, the crowd looks very unruly so I guess the guarding it was a necessity ;-) The contrast between the policeman and the group of children adds to the irony of the situation. Very good framing which places the guardian on the right hand side against the crowd. very nice colors and since it is a scan - interesting grain of the film which enhanced the character of the picture.
Well done and thanks for sharing
fabbs99 (16485) 2014-04-14 23:38
Excellent composition of the old days in Delhi with the constable on guard.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
batalay (35745) 2014-04-15 20:47
The "unruly crowd," is a facetious title! They could be the urchins of the "Slum Dog Millionaire." Again, the scanned image harks back to 37 years ago, and some of these children are now pushing 50. It's a first rate example of photojournalism;
Warm regards from Los Angeles,
jcpix (13688) 2014-04-16 16:29
Oh, look at all of those faces in the crowd...the "unruly ones" anyway. :) This is precisely the kind of picture that takes time to really absorb, as there's so much human appeal and interaction...even if we can't actually see the procession. The guard appears so stern, as if making sure to keep everyone in line and proper, a large uniformed presence amongst the children and their curios regard. The little girl in front with the salmon colored dress is adorable with that pose, offsetting the opposition force. Even the many background elements play a role in the overall intrigue of this shot, but it's certainly the humanity itself that steals the show here. Love it! Enjoy the new day. All the best.
serp2000 (40352) 2014-04-20 11:06
Excellent step back, splendid archive photo. Yes, this title makes me smile. The girl with the pink dress looks very puzzled ;) I like to see these different faces with their personal emotions. TFS!
Yes, I came back home on Thursday and I had have the Easter celebration today too.
I have some problem with my adaptation after 13 hours of difference. But the time is the best doctor, isn't it?
adores (37601) 2014-05-06 15:47
Gess you won't find so many differences there now! I like their curious faces watching the vehicles and also the stores in background. The policeman seems to be taking his duty very seriously. Good daily scene! I also apprecciate the Ws a lot!
jmdias (56161) 2014-06-28 16:03
despite the grainy texture of the image, these details are amazing and I liked the perfect framing and light you got here. very nice daily life mood. TFS.
mcmtanyel (14123) 2014-06-29 21:16
This is a beautiful photo from the year I graduated from high school. In fact when this photo was taken, I was a freshman at Boğaziçi University.
He looks more like he was inspecting the crowds than guarding them.