Boatmen getting ready for the morning at the Ghats in Varanasi.
The Boatman and his Boat Has Been a significant and interesting subject of myths. In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon is the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron That divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.
The ancient Egyptian myths of boatmen ferrying both - the living and the dead in the Nile is well Documented. There is Noah and his Arc in the Old Testament, not to forget the Boatmen in the Sea of Galilee who were associated with one of the first miracles of Jesus ....
Here, one can not imagine Banaras now: Boats in the Ganges .. .. Its metaphoric overtones are a strong part of the vibrant canvas That is inseparably interwoven with this ancient City.
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holmertz (40049) 2013-11-10 10:13
From this superb high POV you give us a quite different view of the ghats. I always find it fascinating to watch people from straight above, where their actions and the environment look so unfamiliar. This is a beautiful picture in several ways, not least graphically. The water, which from down below would probably look just dirty, has received beautiful tones of brown and green from this angle. The red flowers floating down the stream add a fine touch.
Thanks also for yur interesting comments on my photo from Guwahati.
Didi (56249) 2013-11-10 10:32
Good dominant position you had, interesting curve formed by the boats
Well done for this composition
lousat (75506) 2013-11-10 10:57
HI Arunava,the very high point of view make the difference,the result is a very original perspective,i like the decentralized composition and the fine details on the boats everywhere,very well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Periko (2609) 2013-11-10 12:21
Interesting view of these moored boats.
Good framing, good light.
macjake (55504) 2013-11-10 18:36
another very interesting photo from this unique subject.
cool to see it from above looking downward.
and Gert was correct when he mentioned about its strange to see people's actions when viewed from above, we're not used to it.
also interesting to see the color changes in the water, its seems darker in the middle.
even the boats look interesting.
alot to like about this scene. well done with the entire series
delpeoples (52999) 2013-11-10 20:37
Namaksar dear Arunava
Oh yes, a very metaphoric photo, which also reminds me of the Greek and Roman mythology of Charon the Ferryman taking his passengers across the River Styx to the lands of the dead. Excellent POV you got and also the blurred man leaping from one ferry to the other. Nice work, a thought-provoking photo.
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2013-11-11 4:24
This is an interesting piece of legend, and one that seems to exist in all societies. The indian sculpture garden I mentioned to you before has a very cool statue called Death of the Ferryman alluding to the legend. in old Irish society, coins would be placed on the eyes of the dead to pay the ferryman.
I like your shot of this scene too, unusual that we are looking down on the boat like this.
Thanks as always
Silvio1953 (120522) 2013-11-11 11:21
Ciao Arunava, great POV on beautiful boats, fascinating composition, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
thebest (4276) 2013-11-27 1:31
A little bit of an action shot here - if I were to try jumping from one boat to another I would surely be feeling wet & sorry for myself... ha! ha!
You manage to capture an interesting image here - the men preparing for their daily routine... & congratulations on your well written notes.
- Copyright: Arunava Ghose (Highmountains) (2255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-12
- Categories: Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment
- Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Banaras or Varanasi - the Eternal City [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-10 9:22