In a country dominated by Hinduism and Islam, it's surprising to see Catholic churches in India, not only in Kerala, but in Goa, Allahabad, Kolkata and many other places.
I didn't want to shoot this church from an architectural point of view alone, so I had to beg this nun to pose for me, as she was too humble for the attention.
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Jeppo (17645) 2012-04-15 8:28
the presence of the nun adds some more life to the compo and shows how this religion is still surviving between the 2 major ones
Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-15 8:35
Çok güzel ,ayrıtılar iyi seviyede ve bütün olarak iyi çekilmiş bir fotoğraf.tebrik ederim.
Vato_Law (12732) 2012-04-15 10:55
nice portrait with the nun having a very humble gesture towards you.
I like how she pops out from the church on background, which has some very interesting and familiar details in terms of architecture.
About what you say in your note, it's a matter of survival but remember that the portugueses were in India some centuries ago, and there is one reason for the Catolic Churchs to be there, specially in Goa which was a portuguese province until some years ago.
everlasting (15358) 2012-04-15 13:08
well your begging paid off andre, the nun standing there makes the image. good light management
sevy (58) 2012-04-16 0:16
J'aime beaucoup ce portrait qui met en perspective avec la présence de l'arrière plan d'église qui apporte un supplément de sens.
Bonne inclusion de l'ombre qui participe tout autant à la composition de l'image.
Il doit effectivement être surprenant de voir cette pratique religieuse minoritaire dans ce grand pays indouiste et musulman.
jjcordier (79297) 2012-04-16 1:35
Ben alors tu as oublié l'influence française et ses célèbres comptoirs de l'Inde (même si Cochin n'en fait pas partie) -) La nonne ne semble pas particulièrement à l'aise devant l'objectif mais j'aime ta composition où elle est juste à la place idéale avec le lieu de culte en arrière plan. Bravo aussi pour la belle harmonie de tons de l'image dont la qualité fait comme toujours rêver.
tyro (26142) 2012-04-17 1:49
This is a delightful photograph of this shy nun standing before her church which must encompass her whole life. The colours and exposure are perfect and the lighting superb - I love the long shadows of the morning or evening sun and the way the light catches the lady and also the building. Excellent composition and, as always, stunning detail and sharpness.
I am intrigued that the reason for this nun not wishing to be photographed was because she felt too humble for the attention. I have come across monks and nuns in monasteries in Greece and they also are very camera-shy, often scuttling past a photographer with a hand held up to cover their faces. Whether this was due to shyness, feelings of self deprecation or a feeling that their solemn privacy might be invaded, I'm not sure.
- Copyright: Andre Roberge (InasiaJones) (31566)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-02-05
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-15 6:05