Walking the back streets of Agra old quarter just outside the walls of Taj Mahal is a real eye opener for me. This is the sort of scene that always grabs my attention. It seems that time has stopped there, it's fascinating to see the contrast of how many still live like this while the rest of the world races ahead and chases advancement.
Where I come from, we'd regard it as a slum, but when abroad in far off places it takes on a different meaning, all part of the local charm, no matter what the locals might think. The lady is as antique as the building's grubbiness behind, but I feel that there is an immediate emotional connection and bonding between them.
She sat calmly and just too happy to let me take her picture with the fleeting smile as she watched the world go by......
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photographer_sg (4159) 2014-08-13 7:30
Such wonderful play of light in this picture... it is like stage lighting with special effects. The atmosphere is fabulous and the colours force the viewer to ignore the hard living conditions and take in the visual beauty of this beautifully executed photograph. The lady dressed in red makes a great subject and is happy in a very gentle way to get your attention.
Excellent presentation and thanks for sharing it.
ourania (30991) 2014-08-13 8:00
maybe your visit and having her picture taken by you were the highlights of that day. The lady fits in this setting and composition so well, she has found her niche and it looks like she has a strong bond with this place, as you mention in your note. I like very much your simple and effective description, the textures seem to enclose much history. I like very much the arrangement and interaction of cold, warm and grey tones. There's a strong sense of mystery too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
danos (86691) 2014-08-13 8:21
fascinating this street snapshot with the woman to sit with this way smiling to you when this strange blue light coming from above.
Excellent the light and the colour managemet with the red clothes of the woman to contrast perfect with the blue light.
Fis2 (85499) 2014-08-13 8:39
Wow,amazing colors and light.
A very interesting scene from daily life.
I like POV and composition.
williewhistler (14149) 2014-08-13 8:42
you have portrayed the lady very sympathetically in her environment,the rich vibrant colours belying her less than perfect surroundings.
With her direct gaze and cheerful disposition she appears to be at ease with you,the photographer.
Warm regards Les.
ikeharel (57182) 2014-08-13 9:24
Also from where I come from, we would regard this poor neighbourhood as slums - but there are life in such places, which you managed so skillfully to bring this colorful scene.
Placed the lady on side's, allow much of the outside light to enhance the blue wall.
My cong.'s for an impressive photojob, cheers.
Silvio1953 (122183) 2014-08-13 10:20
Ciao Abmdsudi, fascinating blue hour, excellent exposure and wonderful lught, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Nicou (121960) 2014-08-13 10:52
Quelle image et compo superbe captage ce personnage en rouge assis et ces portes de bois ce bleu quel jeu de couleur et effet de lumière superbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
pajaran (52050) 2014-08-13 10:54
Interesantan tekst o mestu sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snaimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak sa zenom u narodnoj nosnji.
An interesting article on the place with a description ...
Good time snaimka and contrast nicely shown the place and the moment with a woman in traditional costume.
All the best.
willperrett (7016) 2014-08-13 11:05
Another of your beautiful street shots. I have to ask: is that blue wall as it was, or the result of some judicious pp manipulation? Knowing you, it's the former. The contrast between the lady's red clothes and the blue and turquoise wall is startling. And I'm interested in your comment about slums: as photographers, we often see as picturesque what is in fact dire poverty. Yet we take the picture, and pass on...
Bartleby (13552) 2014-08-13 11:38
Such great colors! Amazing! And I get the sense of stillness you're talking about in your note.
npecanhuk (65470) 2014-08-13 19:44
Very interesting note!
Very meaningful and attractive picture!
Special regards to the exposure, (wonderful) colors and composition!
TFS - congrats,
rychem (23218) 2014-08-13 20:51
The combination of red and blue, of light and shadow is really eyecatching, very well composed scene with the woman in the strong point
shreya2000 (1134) 2014-08-13 22:00
The colours are superb in this some how strange house. Seems to be a ice vendors godown. The old lady is sitting in traditional Indian style. Good capture. I like it.
PS : India is celebrating it's Independence day on tomorrow. Cheers for my lovely great India.
jjcordier (76344) 2014-08-13 23:20
Excellente photo de cette scène de rue. La lumière, les couleurs et la composition sont superbes. J'aime beaucoup!
CLODO (30256) 2014-08-14 1:42
I am attracted by this blue color, as id it was taken under water and the off center red cloth, but disapponited by the lack of sharpness.
timecapturer (48706) 2014-08-14 4:05
a scene that encompasses the motive of this image and your commentary succinctly. It has a beauty of its own this shot and means so much more once we know that story behind the image. Compelling and sensitively presented. I do like it a lot, but for all the right reasons I hope.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2014-08-14 5:51
Wonderful calm scenery! A very nicely taken and presented image. The light handling and DOF are great, important I think to show this distant detail and not colour. The definition and expression of the person is good to. Excellent work!!!
Have a nice evening,
Graal (97473) 2014-08-14 6:28
interesting colorful image and scene about the daily life. Amazing portrait. Good note and photo-job.
Have a nice day.
eldancer1 (27879) 2014-08-14 7:34
Awesome title for this documentation of life in the poor section of any given city. It's a shame and very sad that in the 21st century there are people struggling to move out of extreme poverty and the type of condition that seems inhumane. I like the lighting, it complements the message you are trying to convey. Very well done, tfs.
holmertz (41017) 2014-08-14 11:32
This is an interesting photo of the old lady in her humble dwelling. This is certainly an environment where most of us would not accept to live. But in this photo it's really the colours that have the strongest impact on me. The woman's bright red clothes and the intensely blue wall create a stunning combination. The effect of the colours is also partly due to the balance of light and shady areas.
Noel_Byrne (24263) 2014-08-14 12:09
This is a wonderful name for this image, and what an image. When I first saw this, I thought I was looking in the thumbnail at an underwater scene, such is the vividness of the blues you have captured. The way the scene varies from vivid blue to ruby red is so unique.
This lady makes such interesting element to the scene, and as she sits in the smaller red section it make me attach more importance to her place in the scene, and wonder who she is. With the greatest respect to this wonderful woman, it gives me the image of her being a devilish character, sitting there in the small red pit surrounded by the heavenly blue, a reminder of the temptation that always lies in wait, a beautiful smile always there. A fine interesting image that really got my brain thinking and seeing things that are not there. I lone a photo that does that :)
everlasting (14618) 2014-08-15 0:17
A street scene like this would have also grabbed my attention, the colours, contrast and textures draw me in. Your PP has enhanced these elements. Very nice!
Didi (56863) 2014-08-15 7:55
Very nice scene with a very mysterious ambiance
Great coloured lights
adramad (37997) 2014-08-15 10:34
A striking image, with this old woman, in a difficult position, her sari in bright red stands out against the blue dominant, back walls, which provide a beautiful effect of light and shadow, magnificent textures in the image.
A splendid color that enhances the image.
Very good brightness and sharpness.
Well seen and done better.
Have a happy weekend.
aliabazari (15431) 2014-08-16 20:50
Hi abmdsudi dear
I love this shot. Lovely color very attractive to me. Good clarity and depth. Thanks for sharing this nice picture
Cricri (106327) 2014-08-17 11:25
Bel effet de la lumière sur le vieux mur accentuant la couleur, les détails, j'aime la lumière sur la personne, sa position et la couleurs rouge de ces vêtements, belle réalisation et scène de vie
adores (37055) 2014-08-19 15:58
You captured the atmosphere of the old quarter really well. The woman is very well placed and the colours, light and textures are excelent. Very well done!
mcmtanyel (13431) 2014-08-21 21:40
Very clever title! That title alone would have got my 2 points even if the photo were not this nice. Good colors and texture, bravo!
Waylim (25350) 2014-08-25 18:44
It is really a nice contrast and the blue brick wall seem surreal, like a blue light illuminating it. It makes this image special and the woman resting there seem so content. Such a compelling street and daily life image and I like her attitude, happy and carefree. These days, it is not easy taking picture of people even in places that used to be really no problem. I see chunks of ice here. Looks like it a place that sell Ice in big blocks. My sister family used to do this in Laos.
Excellent shot shot.
sayeed_rahman (6249) 2014-09-18 11:14
An absolute masterclass, you have made a good one here, but wish the shadows were stronger and she was busier, i like it my friend, long time mister.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (43490)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-24
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D70s, TOKINA AT-X PRO 16-50 F2.8 DX, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-13 6:51