The fort at Fatehpur Sikri was made by Emperor Akbar, undoubtedly the most brilliant of Mughal emperors, a genius of unparalleled intellect anywhere in history. A total illiterate, Akbar came to the throne as a teenager when his father, Humayun, fell from the staircase of his library. Akbar was soon challenged by civil turmoils as well as invasions and rebellions. He proved his mettle by the age of 24, having established a stable reign. He placated the war-like Rajput kingdoms by establishing diplomatic relations, appointing one defeated Rajput king his commander-in-chief and marrying his sister, and appointing another Hindu king his chief treasurer. A devout Muslim, he decreed that there will be no discrimination against any religion within his kingdom. On the year of the first milennium after Mohammed's death, Akbar invited representatives of all major religions on a year-long conference debating the positive and negative aspects of all religions, then ultimately he tried to make a religion by combining the best in each--D'in Ilahi. He was highly influenced by a poor muslim Sufi in the village right next to Fatehpur Sikri, in whose memory Akbar built a shrine, Selim Chisti, where the mystic lies buried.
The fort at Fatehpur Sikri has a mix of Islamic and Hindu architecture, molded together in an austere form.
This old man is one of the caretakers of the fort at Fatehpur Sikri.
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Furachan (0) 2007-02-07 20:33
Here's a formula for you:
Animesh + India + Summicron 50
That'S what a call a WINNING combo and you have scored again, my friend. That huge wash of deep black shadow that seems to delineate this fellow's life at high noon is as good as photography gets. Period.
zips (1958) 2007-02-07 22:36
Good line and tome in this composition. It looks as if your chosen time of day worked well with the elongated shadows.
Luko (14000) 2007-02-08 5:00
Harsh mid-day shadows and you're shooting with a RED filter? Well that's quite a bold use for that tool, I'd reckon.
I can see from the construction of the image you had some of that famous 3-letters-photographer's images in mind, am I wrong? ...and you can't be faulted in the outcome, composed like an abstract painting with an acute sense of geometry...
Have you tried with a mellower grey rendition. I'm sure it should be great as well.
(personally I didn't like FS that much, not enough life inside maybe.. And the vendors at the Mosque, they're REALLY pushy)
designsoul (21492) 2007-02-08 9:04
Absolute beauty. The shadows, the position of the caretaker, his own shadow with that of his cane, all these are so incredibly beautiful that I need to put this one among my second batch of favourites. Simply amazing, MAGNUM quality, exquisite Leica bw, a joy to my eyes, all the way! Bravo, Animesh! And thanks for the great note.
Animesh, it is becoming very very interesting; last night I ALMOST uploaded a shot i took recently with a composition so similar to this, the setting, well... not quite. But I based it on the play of light and shadow and a solitary figure... so it would have been the second such coincidence, though my poor effort would have faded in comparison!
Salil_B (737) 2007-02-08 11:34
Beautiful light and shade, white and black, lines straight and criss-crossed, geometric shapes, the erect old watchman ... As tough as the 'Buland Darwaja'. Have you any of that greatest doorway in the world?
SamB (1948) 2007-02-08 17:04
Very nice piece here, with a tremendous note to accompany it. Blcoking off so much of the frame with the hard shadows gives this a very moody and deep feel, and the man pops, being highlighted against the shadowed background wall. Thanks for this one!
achakladar (786) 2007-02-09 8:03
Black and light, shadows, old man and mughal architecture, you have captured so well.
KevRyan (22956) 2007-02-10 10:25
Well I think my tastes are somewhere half way between the one you posted and the one you put in the workshop - either way i love these bold shadows and the well placed figure.......
very nice work Animesh
everlasting (15498) 2007-02-12 13:30
Good evening Animesh, a fine composition, the position of your subject and thoses strong shadows all contribute to the beauty of this image. Not too mention the skill of film work
ALSOM (6616) 2007-03-12 9:37
Very nicely composed with all those shapes and shadows. cinematographic appeal for sure ... One would sayd too much space for the right-shadow but I like the 3rd split.
- Copyright: Animesh Ray (AnimeshRay) (9089)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2006-12-13
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Leica M6, Summicron 50mm/f2.0, Kodak TRI-X 400, B+W 25A (red)
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Sasa's Favourites, 100-200, My Stylesheet [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-02-07 20:22