India gets hot in April, but that does not stop people from queuing up to watch the famous Wagah border ceremony where army-men from India and Pakistan indulge in a display of fake angst in one-upmanship.
In a country where men and women are kept separate, you can see why. As such, it is not an easy job for the policeman on horse-back to control a crowd which tends to get berserk for seeking the good seats to see the ceremony.
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snunney (105543) 2014-02-18 2:26
A strange sight to western eyes, the women on one side of the road and the men on the other, but one I can appreciate. Makes for an interesting daily life composition with the mounted policeman offering a very good focal point. Good technical presentation.
mirosu (16273) 2014-02-18 6:02
Excellent snapshot, superb deep DOF. I like the composition with the big men que and the rather relaxing ladies side. A very special ladies priority, you can see all over India.
Very well done.
Fis2 (105172) 2014-02-18 6:55
Good reportage shot.
I like frame and colors.
Have a nic eevening.
Royaldevon (42563) 2014-02-18 7:26
Well, I have learned something quite new, today! And, this is what TE represents, learning about the world through photography.
I cannot envisage a situation in the U.K. where the sexes would have to queue separately but, I understand the logic, here.
It is a well composed shot with good lead lines and a good dof.
I cannot help but notice how all the men at the front of the queue are gazing across at the ladies!!!
My warm regards,
holmertz (58306) 2014-02-18 10:32
On September 21, 1972, I entered India for the first time, walking along this road. As I stepped over the white line separating Pakistan from India I held my breath and told myself that I had fulfilled my dream of reaching India. But there were no crowds like these in those days, and probably no friendly ceremonies, less than a year after the latest war. What struck me most of all, and what I found was a great relief, was that in the bus taking me the short distance to Amritsar, men and women could sit next to each other, mixing freely and talking to each other without being family or relatives. And the women could show their faces! That was a big change for me after spending weeks going through Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
So this photo is a bit nostalgic to me, at the same time quite surprising to see this gender division.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-18 21:53
Nice DL shot of the queue in front of the Wagah border. It is strange that the queue is separated on gender basis because I do not see that happening in other places nowadays be it cinema hall or railway stations at least in Bengal. I have seen this ceremony quite spectacular show of bravado, albeit a bit useless to my eyes. They should charge a higher ticket price for this ceremony which should help in reducing the crowd also contribute to the public exchequer handsomely. Good idea to show this than the original ceremony. Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-02-19 2:00
hello, your photo made my memories alive which I felt in this place. Really a nice moment. I like your composition. Nice one. Tfs.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-02-19 8:00
What a well taken capture of this incredible colorful ceremony, I was in Amritsar in june 2011 and it began to rain in a way that was imposible to go , stayed at the hotel waiting
But happy because my dream to visit the Golden Temple has been realized
Good to show the people and ambience
danos (102514) 2014-02-19 23:58
nice this daily snapshot with all these people to are in this huge queue to watch the army-men from the two countries to do their 'magic' during the Wagah border ceremony.Excelelnt peortage shot.
abmdsudi (57176) 2014-02-20 6:26
Very well spotted - who would think that a crowd scene could look so well composed and colourful? Very good idea you find something different, with great angle and depth picking up all the detail. I like the policeman on horseback in the centre of the shot facing the camera. The frame is surplus to requirements, Great daily life shot, Congrats.
npecanhuk (77725) 2014-02-20 19:19
Another very interesting local colors & daily life photograph!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent here too!
TFS - congrats,