I have posted lot of landscapes from my trip to Kashmir to break monotony this picture of a Gujjar man.
Nomads of Kashmir. Gujjars and Bakerwals still belong to the nomadic culture in a limited sense.
In the month of May every year these nomads migrate from highland areas of Rajouri & Poonch to the grasslands and expansive meadows of Pri Panjal mountain range - from Banihal upto Gulmarg in order to make their livestock graze therein. A big chunk of them settles on the meadows and grasslands situated in the forests on the slopes of Pir Panjal mountains above the towns of Shopian, Kulgam and Keller in South Kashmir.
In the month of October every year these nomads return to the warm climate of Rajouri & Poonch. Besides below the highland meadows there are Gujjars in a fairly large number, who are permanent settlers at the foothills of Pir Panjal
A sizeable population of Gujjars and Bakerwals in Jammu and Kashmir are living below poverty line (BPL) and do not get even sufficient food. The findings were revealed by a survey conducted by the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation (TRCF), NGO working for the cause of Indian tribes.
The survey says that the Gujjars of the Himalayan ranges are living a very difficult life, that of the “Stone Age” as they lack basic facilities like education, health care and drinking water
The survey says that 67 per cent nomads belonging to the tribe are not in a position to manage two time meals, proper shelter and fodder for their livestock.
According to the survey, the houses erected by Gujjars for themselves are completely unhygienic and without proper light and ventilation facilities, resulting in more then 43 per cent Gujjar women, 23 per cent Gujjar males and a sizeable percentage of children suffering from T.B, asthama, bronchitis and other diseases.
The survey says that 71 per cent of nomads are not aware of schemes offered by the state and Central governments for their uplift and betterment
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fabio_ts (13694) 2006-07-12 4:55
Beautiful portrait of this nomad Chanjit, I like a lot how you have captured so well hes proud look.. really nice work, compliments!!
have a nice day,
Xplorator (667) 2006-07-12 4:55
Wonderful photo, brilliant composition and POV! TFS - Xplorator Radu
lestans (17128) 2006-07-12 4:57
Great work again, Chanjit. This man looks so proud also if so poor.
His dresses are western dresses I think, perhaps he got them in some charity organization
oochappan (18532) 2006-07-12 5:00
Thats a fine portrait of this sheperd with his goats towards the blurred background PP, take care with it to do it gradually.
Drom (1205) 2006-07-12 5:00
Majestueux, Beaucoup de force dans ce portrait!
Dommage que les pieds soient coupés. Bravo.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-07-12 5:04
A beautiful photo of excellent TE value, good DoF and I like the power of his expression, also the orange blanket contrasts strongly against the environment and helps isolating the visage, just pity about the cut foot, not too bad.
Have a nice day,
atus (15838) 2006-07-12 5:06
very nicely captured clear portrait shot with very good light, excellent focus and very nice colors. Nice work,compliments!
king (2905) 2006-07-12 5:10
Nice portrait is this, with nice natural colours.
A very little ciritical note about the unsharp frame.
A suggestion for improvement in a workshop.
Hope you like it.
Huub de K.
hugolef (4909) 2006-07-12 5:21
as i told to Jean Yves, the cut foot isn't a defaut (imo) but the cut goat (on right) disturbs me more ... I think you framed too centered, this man should be more in left (to get more space in front of him) or more in right (to get the herd behind him).
But that's little defaut, and the glance, the orange blanket, the choice of a good DOF make me forget what i told you ...
A good compo
Take care, regards, hugues
aralda (1240) 2006-07-12 5:35
You wrote a wonderful note to this portrait, very informative and probably very true as well. As for the photo, you did a nice job capturing this man in the middle of his goat herd.
ben4321 (9875) 2006-07-12 6:05
This is a great portrait of this very proud looking man with his sheep.
I think its excellent.
adam_k (600) 2006-07-12 6:33
What can I say?
This is a very good portrait of this shepherd with his animals...
daddo (24257) 2006-07-12 6:35
namaste Chanjit. Such imposing personality. One can detect strength of character and determination in his eyes and body language. Nice hint of the environment which doesn't distract from the man but shows how hard life must be. Regards, Klaudio
ramthakur (1517) 2006-07-12 6:53
Fantastic portrait of a Gujjar, Chanjit!
You deserve full marks for this wonderful image. The subject is surrounded by goats and that makes this picture very authentic.
TFS and take care.
Marche (4307) 2006-07-12 7:22
Magnifique portrait de ce gardien de chèvres. Son regard exprime sa rude vie de nomade.
Superbes couleurs, ce plaid orange donne du dynamisme à l'ensemble.
Très belle réussite.
delkoo (68) 2006-07-12 9:09
very authentic photograph, nice colours and well composed ir show the rude life of nomad.
wel seen and well done
recepyuksel (17808) 2006-07-12 16:02
Splendid portrait, very well done, bravo
faubry (35405) 2006-07-12 16:51
i like this shepherd man from Cashmire, dailylife scene, he is very proud, thanks
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-07-12 21:50
This one is great. I love this Gujjar man. However you need not to blur the background, sometime landscape creates great Back Ground like this one. Also this would be better in a larger frame...I mean if you would take this from a bit distance. However his gaze and the colors are nice.
sabyasachi1212 (19771) 2006-07-13 4:25
This is a brilliant post, where had you kept this hidden my friend! Excellent DOF, seems like quite a character this man. Never mind the centered framing, cut foot or whatever. This is certainly one of the best from India in recent times.
Burberry1 (6041) 2006-07-13 4:55
Excellent mountain image Chanjit:)))))
I am dreaming of going to India and taking such inspiring photos:))))
Wonderful natural colors and expression of the man:)))))
marianita (3455) 2006-07-13 7:01
Excellent portrait!excellent work! gerat composition adn focus
entrelec (8328) 2006-07-16 4:41
Splendid picture! Proudness on his face; the goats seem to search his protection.
arturo (31) 2006-07-18 7:33
the figures describing live of those nomads are astonishingly bad...in contrast, the image shows a man standing tall & proud...or is this interpretation totally wrong and should rather say this capture shows a part of hard life and a very tired and weary shepherd?...thanks for sharing...cheers, arturo
partha (14020) 2006-08-04 15:30
Nice documentry shot.I can see another India through your photograph. really brillant shot.
Keep it up.
ewasting (762) 2007-01-30 20:41
great portrait - seems to reveal his personality ...so poignant ...
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