Another scan of a Kodachrome slide, but not so very old.
This is from early 2001, from outside one of the many Hindu temples that fill the town of Kanchipuram, a couple of hours drive west of the huge city of Chennai (formerly known as Madras).
I don't remember the name of this temple, it's probably just one that I happened to pass by on my way to a more famous temple. Kanchipuram is, as I just mentioned, literally filled with temples, making it an ideal place for a tourist with a camera.
This photo doesn't show anything in particular, nothing to describe or explain. It's just daily life at, or rather outside, the temple. People coming and going, a priest stepping outside to see what's going on. Just an ordinary day at the temple.
Here is a larger version.
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dkmurphys (46910) 2014-04-14 9:48
Fine daily life scene in front of that sacred place where people gather. I like the artwork of the facade and the colored clothes. Well seen.
cornejo (28459) 2014-04-14 9:50
Hello Gert, very good view of this interesting scene of daily life in the church door, nicely captured in this very good and interesting photograph. Great picture with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
COSTANTINO (51826) 2014-04-14 9:56
Hello dear friend
as always another impressive traditional shot
it seems like a scenery from a movie film
because people is in movement
very good view of this interesting
scenery from daily life in this church
you are the chief in the gallery now
many wishes for more and more
impressive and worthseeing photos
photographer_sg (3107) 2014-04-14 9:57
That's a charming picture from the small town of southern India with lovely details of the old temple as well as the daily life of the people. The small boy at the left with perhaps his mother gives a very special charm to the overall wonderful composition.
Thanks for sharing and have a great new week.
ourania (27020) 2014-04-14 10:52
I like very much how the people blend with the architectural and cultural details of the temple. They are so tightly and meaningfully bound together and it's interesting that in the photo information you didn't even include "architecture" in the categories:) I like very much the rewarding result of the wide, upward perspective. Architecture and people are very interesting and you have captured this "ordinary" scene with wonderful light management and colours. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
carlo62 (28279) 2014-04-14 11:48
ai personaggi sono ben disposti e l'architettura č interessante, un contesto perfetto per far vedere un momento di vita di questo popolo.
Ma trovo molto toccante la madre che corre dal figlio che di č allontanato.
mesutilgim (80486) 2014-04-14 13:48
Hello dear Gert,
Not too old but still another masterpiece.
With perfect pov and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
lousat (72855) 2014-04-14 15:10
Hi Gert,maybe one of you last pics made by the film and not with a digital camera,beautiful imposing perspective from this very old temple,showing us the daily life and the magnificent colors and desing,excellent and interesting work as usual,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
abmdsudi (40106) 2014-04-14 19:15
Very good! Plenty to see conveying the reality, atmosphere, daily life at the temple, the architecture and the rustic ambience being the most intriguing in my opinion, The viewpoint, clarity and perspective are superb with great dof render it a great lift. Very nicely done, Congrats.
npecanhuk (61498) 2014-04-14 23:38
Interesting and attractive daily life scene!
Beautiful picture of it too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
emka (73729) 2014-04-14 23:47
Hi Gert, Haha, I was in Kanchipuram but later, in 2004. Interesting photo, with beautiful architecture of the temple and nice everyday life scene, like in India. Excellent composition. Strange that in 2001 still not digital photos. Seems ages ago.
Seeing such pictures, I miss India.
Have a nice day, regrads from rainy and cold Warsaw
SnapRJW (29318) 2014-04-15 1:53
Hello Gert - I've not been to India but the scene parallels many I've seen in SE Asia. Religion isn't something set aside for one day of the week but is rather part and parcel of every day. I like that.
The temple has a lovely set of symbolic designs on the faįade. I wonder what they represent?
Subhogen (4065) 2014-04-15 5:40
Yes, this is new in comparison to the more than a quarter of a century old gems from your archive. A fine DL shot of the devotees gathering in front of the beautiful temple. The devotees with shaved heads have offered their hairs to the God. A tradition very unique to South India is that young women devotees too shave of their fine mane as a part of the religious offering. Nice one with lots of details to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
Nicou (117160) 2014-04-15 6:37
Ces ancienne peinture décorative de ce temple, un cadrage latéral parfait quelle vue et ce personnage qui vont prier sueprbe compo et vue.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (36918) 2014-04-15 7:00
En intressant bild med många detaljer, både på byggnaden och i folklivet.
Romano46 (16580) 2014-04-15 7:56
continuia il tuo viaggio nel mondo in un'era nella quale il tempo sembra essersi fermato.
Qui la tipica architettura della parte meridionale dell'India fa la sua apparizione, con il suo contorno di popolo intento nelle sue attivitā quotidiane.
Sono trascorsi 13 anni da quando hai fatto la foto, ma essa rimane viva e attuale come se l'avassi scattata ai giorni nostri.
Ciao e buona serata
Fis2 (82304) 2014-04-15 8:00
Curious scene from daily life.
I like it.
Have a nice afternoon
pajaran (48873) 2014-04-15 10:18
Interesantan i dobar tekst, o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobar rad skeniranjem slajda, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
An interesting and good text, information and time ...
Good work by scanning the slide shown good place and time.
Good evening and all the best.
Graal (95561) 2014-04-15 10:48
very nice colorfull slide. Interesting place and view. Good documental shot and presentation from your archive. Fine quality of scan.
Have a nice evening.
ktanska (24242) 2014-04-15 11:27
A view full of details. And that seems to be quite common to photos from India. It is interesting to see many kinds of interaction between people. A timeless scene and it is very hard to guess how old that temple is.
marabu61 (7443) 2014-04-15 11:47
What do you mean by this photo does not have anything to tell? It has a lot to tell to me. It is a pleasant every day scene that shows the daily life of people in a great way. There is the man just coming from his prayed, the women rushing for the shopping, the mother and her small child relaxing on the steps of the beautifully decorated temple. With a bit of fantasy every one of them is telling us his own story here.
have a great day
Royaldevon (26739) 2014-04-15 14:04
It is a very different impression than those given by many religious places. There is no sense of ceremony, no sense of awe or wonderment, this is a very typical day in the life of the people and the area. The people are sitting, chatting, discussing, in what might be termed a casual attitude. There is a lovely sense of community involvement.
Thank you for sharing this,
nikkitta (13450) 2014-04-15 15:24
Read your note with Ourania, agreed with you, a daily life category is the true description of the capture
Besides pleny of mouvement and interesting scenes like the one at the left and matching it, another litle boy at the far right
Well done, congrats
Also the colorful temple is good to watch
imageme (1591) 2014-04-15 18:45
Hi Gert, This is a very beautiful old Hindu temple and it has a very nice carvings on it too. Typical daily life scenery in front of the temple. Nice light and awesome colours. Thank for sharing
macjake (52804) 2014-04-16 1:54
having never been to India I can't speak for it precisely, but I have traveled to Thailand for 30days straight.
what i'm getting at is, spending all that time in Thailand - i hate to admit it but i became very very tired of photographing temples. They are everywhere.
did you experience the same in India??
I guess after a while they just all started to look the same and i became disinterested - but i suppose its all about how you look at the situation, negatively or positvely.
even though this is only 13 years old, because of the scan it looks like a much older scene.
very rustic and real.
many age variances in this one snap shot.
kasianowak (5196) 2014-04-16 2:19
One of the first things I always check when I look at your posts is the date when the photo was taken and I must say... this one is a "baby" compared with some earlier ones... ;)
Interesting to see street life with this intriguing architecture in the background. Indeed, I would love to be there now with my camera.
Have a nice day
subhendu_bagchi (25304) 2014-04-16 2:19
Another excellent composition here. Like how you presented it with those human activities with the backdrop of a fine architecture. Light and colours are nice and the depth is superb. A really enjoyable one. TFS.
Tigerlily (2993) 2014-04-16 5:57
Larger version is better... I can see more details. Thank s. A wonderful documentary shot, recorded the history of that very moment.That's why I like your photos, sorry for being absent.... I quite like the two kids balance the picture in a kind of way.
Kielia (22913) 2014-04-16 6:03
I like your approach on this fascinating temple. Your POV on this interesting place works very well and the wonderful colors make the image very attractive. My compliments also for the nice notes!
rychem (19941) 2014-04-16 8:51
Fascinating temple, it is a daily life scene but the temple makes this photo very interesting, well done
Silvio1953 (116717) 2014-04-16 11:59
Ciao Gert, lovely daily life composition with fantastic temple as BG, nice scene, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
williewhistler (12711) 2014-04-16 14:06
the extraordinary range of colours and textures in just a simple daily life scene is quite breath taking,with so much to view and enjoy it is indeed another gem from your archive.
Kind regards Les.
omid266 (3458) 2014-04-16 20:41
very nice sho from dailylife and from an old Temple,
an interesting informative work,
Thanks for sharing as always,
+ we also have a member in TE with similar name from Sweden , Gunnar Holmertz , maybe he is your brother or relative, :))
fabbs99 (16055) 2014-04-16 22:10
Nice colorful composition of the the Temple in Kancheepuram.Very well composed photo with excellent vivid colors. TFS.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-04-16 23:39
sometimes these under appreciated buildings can be much more interesting than those with established places on the tourists routes. The one on the picture is absolutely charming despite being maybe a little bit neglected. All the details of the walls are very fine examples of art and probably I would stand there for a long time studying them. I also like the way you captured and included people in the composition, their indifference to being photographed and lack of posing. Well done!
Thanks for sharing!
aliabazari (12289) 2014-04-17 0:59
Hi Gert Dear Friend
Exhibited a very beautiful view. Warm colors and charming. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
jhm (135686) 2014-04-17 4:58
Your series with scanned pictures is extraordinarily lovely, and almost so really
We see almost the most small details, formidable lovely.
What a lovely architecture with these wonderful facade.
Sharpness and clarity his real pleasant.
Also your sky makes these picture attractive.
Very well composition, TFS.
eldancer1 (25536) 2014-04-18 7:15
In many countries the priest or other head of a church or religion most of the time are the final judge among the people. It is a nice documentation of the daily life of people and their belief. The scan retained the wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
annjackman (18085) 2014-04-19 4:01
As usual these daily life photos offer plenty of interest. I like the faded colours of the temple and the different clothes being worn. The small child crouching anchors the composition very well and draws my attention.
You have such interesting travels - TFS.
Kind Regards, Ann
serp2000 (38271) 2014-04-23 6:00
Yes, I know Madras city. Most of all I like to see the details of the temple. Perfect quality for a scanned slide! I see there are the local people only in the temple, no tourists. Oh, yes, it is XXI century.
Anyway, excellent photowork! TFS!
adores (34728) 2014-05-13 15:11
This one is also a few years old. It's good daily scene at the temple. There's so much life going on with the kids and the adults and I like the details of the old temple.
Angshu (54877) 2014-05-21 4:07
A daily life scene so typical of any temple in South India. The part of the gopuram we see here signifies that this picture was taken in South India...We see couple of priests and quite a few freshly shaven devotees...a timeless picture!
mcmtanyel (10853) 2014-07-03 21:17
A competent scan of a great slide. The colors are well saturated, the POV is well-thought out and the subject is captivating.