Just wandering around the back streets of Agra Old Quarter looking for anything of interest when I came across this small village enterprise dealing with grains. Someone must be getting on with their daily business, business was slow or unfinished business perhaps and sign of the times seemed a very serious though. The merchant and his worker appeared lost in their own world and seemingly unaware of my presence when they were clearly engrossed in their own thoughts momentarily while I was happily firing away few quick shots.
But what really caught my eye here was a rather charming well used antique weighing scale of such huge size that was probably state of the art at the time, a little treasure lurk hidden away here. I remember similar balances used by many grain grinding shops in the 50s when I was a child in Singapore, the atmosphere of 'faded but still at your service' all bring back so many good memories. Obviously serious business that oozes local flavour, atmosphere and character, off course the weighing device rekindles rusty memories of Physics lessons.
A joy and privilege to witness,,,,.
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Nicou (126490) 2014-08-19 2:03
quelle vue et scène superbe ces deux homme devant leur balance quelle compo ils ont l'air très sceptique et la couleur les tons l'intimité de l'image superbe vue.
Bravo et amitié
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-08-19 2:17
Nice daily life shot from the streets of Agra. Nice framing with lovely colours and so many interesting details that give us a peep into the shop and it's business.
Thanks for the workshop that you did on the boat picture.
I have been thinking of getting some kind of editing software (have only Picassa at present) myself. Do you have any suggestions?
Thanks as always and have a great day.
ryno (6863) 2014-08-19 2:46
Hi Abmdsudi, I like this one for the light, the flashes of colour, and the somewhat wistful atmosphere.The detail of the scales and other instruments add to the interest of the shot. Good work.
shreya2000 (1390) 2014-08-19 3:20
This is a simple picture taken by you. Please don't mind I can't hang this on my wall. We expect masterpiece photos from your side.
Please forgive me for my harsh comments.
danos (88971) 2014-08-19 4:39
very nice the snapshot of these men in front of the shop with their huge weighing machine to dominating the scene.Excellent the light and the colour management as we can see the living conditions of the market of the town.
Fis2 (88103) 2014-08-19 6:35
Another curious scene from daily life.
Interesting colours and light.
Photo has climate.
holmertz (43293) 2014-08-19 6:41
The tones of the colours make me think of a rather old painting, but it must have been a real master to handle these contrasts of light and dark areas. The man to the right has positioned himself perfectly to catch the light that brightens the warm colours of his clothes. The tired-looking man sitting down is perfectly framed by the old style scales with its red and green. Going off the tourist track is really so much more awarding when it comes to photographs.
Cricri (109843) 2014-08-19 6:55
très jolie composition, scène de vie bien mise en image, j'aime la lumière avec les zones sombres , les détails et les couleurs, intéressante image et note
ikeharel (60521) 2014-08-19 7:51
You had managed to distinct well the face expression of the two men, Abmdsudi, and the antique weighing scale, empty.
But, there are some filled grains-bags on right - so hopefully they just take a rest on midday.
Superb photo about daily-life of the poor neighbourhood.
pajaran (53757) 2014-08-19 8:41
Interesantan tekst o mestu i trenutaku, lep pogled na prodavce ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i prodavci, lepe boje.
Posao je zavrsen, vreme je za predah.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc, sve najbolje.
An interesting article about the place and moment, a beautiful view of the sellers ...
Good moment recording and contrast nicely shown the place and vendors, beautiful colors.
Work is done, it's time for a break.
Good evening and peaceful night, all the best.
rychem (25986) 2014-08-19 10:06
Very nice documentary photo, great scene with ordinary people at work, excellent light and composition
Gerrit (50756) 2014-08-19 11:14
wonderful light on this city scene with a lot of interesting details to enjoy.
PiotrF (10554) 2014-08-19 13:36
Nice scene from daily life.I like the warm light in this picture. Good framing, clarity, sharpness and lovely natural colors. Very well composition.
Nice shot, congratulations
ourania (34545) 2014-08-19 13:53
this is a great photo, a meaningful and interesting daily life scene with the two heroes sharing feelings of frustration silently. Your point of view seems close but you haven't disturbed them and I appreciate how genuine this scene is. I like how you framed the merchant with the scale, how the worker's posture and even the light make him stand out. The colours are moody and wonderful and make part of the narration. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
eldancer1 (30122) 2014-08-19 15:35
Looks like those two are somewhat despondent by the look in their faces. The weighs they are using as counterbalance look crude and arbitrary, can't blame customers if they stay away. I like the lighting though making the scene more gloomy as their mood. Good details. Well done, tfs.
aliabazari (16050) 2014-08-19 22:30
Hi abmdsudi dear
This shot was captured by the beauty and masterful. I'm very interested in this type of exposure, and color. Nicely done. Thanks for sharing
jjcordier (77890) 2014-08-19 23:14
Une très belle composition avec une excellente utilisation de la lumière éclairant chacun des protagonistes.
willperrett (7688) 2014-08-20 8:23
Lovely moment of reflection, and "life suspended" here: another classic street shot from you, that like so much of your work, seems to combine a documentarist's interest with an artist's aesthetic. Well (slightly under) exposed!
jhm (142085) 2014-08-20 10:24
Both men remain quiet look to the balance.
Lovely old colours type.
Nice photograph, colour and sharpness be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
everlasting (14696) 2014-08-22 1:54
Now this could be one of would love in my gallery, it has everlasting all over it :)
A joy to witness and enjoy
adramad (39546) 2014-08-25 8:40
This stunning portrait of the two men in full chores of daily life, for his expression seem to have a problem, or that they have in the balance does not satisfy them, fantastic setting with very old items.
An image to enjoy, with all these elements and their beautiful colors, great light and perfect sharpness.
Have a good start to the week.
All the best.
mcmtanyel (15037) 2014-08-30 18:33
I like the colors and textures in this photo. It's a good candid, everyday life photo. I was taken aback by your comment that you were a child in the 50s, from all the traveling around you report, I imagined you to be a spring chicken in his 30s!
nikkitta (15824) 2014-09-01 13:42
You search and find interesting scenes that you composed with good light, it let us admire lots of interesting details as for instance the old weighing scale that I have seen at full work with wooden and grains in Argentina
Men seems quiet and may be they are waiting for something or someone to arrive
Very well done, regards
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (44968)
- 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/9.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-19 0:42