Before you saw how they transported these plates by bullock-cart .... posted while I was in India still ..
And here you see how they gain those granite plates in this quarry of the Elephant Rock.
An old but effective trick, squeezing wooden plugs into the rock and after poring water on it.
I still wonder about the big holes drilled in this plate here.
Down in this quarry it is even more hot as there is almost no wind to cool off.
Would you like to work here ?
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sandip (3492) 2005-05-31 19:53
i was just going thru the news today evening in TV,two victims in West Bengal due to Heat.In whole WB now this is the hottest season ( probably today was the hottest day of the year ).. i know how much painfull it is to work like that.. I was in tirupati two years back on May and suffered a temp of 51 degree celcius.. so i know.. ( Bangalore is cool anyway even now ).. About the composition, i think i have seen a similar kind earlier from you.. may be a bit different but on the same subject... it is really heart touching..i like the women sitting and looking straight at you.
snuggleaphagus (4146) 2005-05-31 20:42
It looks as if it were a different planet. I like the composition with the people on the right with so much of the rock on the left. The people almost looks like a diamond shape.
The composition allows to see the labour in different stages.
sarju (5324) 2005-05-31 21:23
Its a pretty sad photo Henk ... but than it is also very well composed and conveys the message very well so full points to you. I like it over exposed as it enhaces the hotness felt by the people in the photo
Having grown up in North India and I had to go thru high temperatures once in a while ... but than I never really had to work in a quarry .... don't you sometimes think that there is no justice in the world ... I mean we consume so many resources in the west ... and than these people ..... neways thats enough thoughts for today ....
Cheers ... sarju
PS: btw are are aware of the works of Chantal Boulager ... I think she died earlier this year ... I thought you might know her since she was considered such an authority on Dravidian culture in the west.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2005-06-01 0:04
Harsh light, even so your photo is stark and graphic in its depiction of the hard working conditions in the quarry.
At the same time it is very difficult to convey the punishing conditions through photographs. Salgado succeeded to a large extent, but we need more such effort.
Dakota55 (392) 2005-06-01 2:15
It is amazing the conditions some people will work in. I like how the people are all concentrated in the top right hand side of the shot and the rest is bomonated by the gray, hot and dusty granite. It gives as sense of proportion to the shot.
alainh (35581) 2005-06-01 2:26
le soleil ecrase ta photo et ces ouvriers.
un tres beau temoignage d'un autre temps.
ChrisJ (97890) 2005-06-01 3:44
This would work equally well in b&w. Good sharpness, subtle color, & superb lighting and graphism. Contrast could be slightly lower, imho, but still an excellent daily life shot. Well done!
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-06-01 4:23
C'est vraiment une exploitationde carrière très traditionelle et interessante, et la technique est bien montrée.
Je me souviens d'avoir traduit des textes en latin décrivan cette activité et cette manière de faire chez les Romains pour le Marbre.
La photo est excellente, bien cadrée pour voir la totalité d'une plaque et la régularité du travail.
gringofil (0) 2005-06-01 4:56
This reminds me of one of Maciek's photos...I guess the location was the same, just the photographer different (and thus employing a different style and approach to the image). I really like the almost duo-tone quality to the whole shot and the people, gathered as they are at the edge of the frame, make the shot work. The icing on the cake, for me anyway, is the huge hammer on the ground. Excellent work.
Paolo (41222) 2005-06-01 5:02
No, i prefer my boring work in a office!
great shot Henk, you captured well the strong light reflection over the granite, and the strong work of that boys.
Timmok (802) 2005-06-01 7:56
Nice colours and framing. I like these parallelar lines and thus the slightly geometric and graphic side of your picture.
Work conditions must be horrible, as your other picture makes it believe...
apache (1426) 2005-06-01 9:14
A like your composition a lot on this one. Another good one to remind us of the many luxuries at job that we take for granted. Nice contrast and framing
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-06-01 9:14
Wow, have seen some difficult work condition photos and this one is right up with them, it's difficult for me to even fathom the heat they have to put up with for hours each day, here I sit in air conditioned office and complain that the air maybe too dry...
As for the photograph itself, I think you are true to your philosophy (please correct me if I am wrong here) and you concentrate in showing the people, their feelings, and showing their lives. I gather your intention here was showing the hardship, and you have achieved that.
My comparison here maybe be way off the mark, but the view reminds me of animals in the zoo, sitting on the concrete and looking at the specators, their freedom is taken away from them, and each day only leads to the end....
I have seen both images by Maciej and yours, am interested in reading the discussion about different approaches, I personally feel that Maciej's goal was to make a wonderfull photograph (which he has achieved), and your goal was to show the hardship of the poeple, which you have also achieved, in additition, even thought I beleive all the technicalities aren't your priority, the composition and exposure are fantastic and help show the heat and suffering the poeple are in.
The image would work great in BW.
weswang (18223) 2005-06-01 10:24
Hi Kenk, This is a labor intensive job. Aside from the bad weather condition, the work itself is a hard and dusty one. There is a big stone plant in Vermont in U.S. They use water gun to cut the stones. The results are in very high quality. I hope the workers here can use better equipments.
Nice capture of the working condition, the workers and the how they work. A nice capture of men (and women) in work.
kensimage (8561) 2005-06-01 10:57
Very vivid storytelling, Henk, and a well-composed shot, too!
It's unfortunate you couldn't be a little closer to the workers, but this perspective is a good one, anyway.
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-06-01 12:42
What about this men,are they happy to
have this job or do they hate it?
Excellent portrait of the men and their work,
very well composed.The color spots of the workers clothing look great aginst the monochrome background.
maciekda (19895) 2005-06-01 12:57
ok, i'll try to comment this photo, since Fil compared it to mine version.
the composition is nice - there is that circular shape inside the frame, good. all people are in the same corner, why not, interesting use of the negative space. people are working, everything is natural except.. that woman looking at you. for me the fact she is looking at you completely spolis the picture - after noticing her the scene is not natural anymore, i feel like an observer or intruder - hard to describe it. anyway, I'd prefer her not looking at you ;)
and thanks again for bringing me to that place.
jhm (139200) 2005-06-01 13:03
Een van meest oude trucks heeft u hier beschreven met die houten wiggen, maar als het zo warm is zullen de mensen daarwel serieus afzien. Arbeidsinspectie zal daar wel niet bestaan zeker! Door de hoge zon (tezien aan de schaduwen van de mensen) is uw foto lichtjes overbelicht, graniet een zeer mooi natuur product.
CliffW (2377) 2005-06-01 19:00
Work there? I doubt I'd make it a couple of hours. You do a great job of conveying the environment these workers handle everyday. The lines cutting through the glare of the rock make for an interesting pattern, especially when you consider how the lines are cut by hand with chisel and hammer.
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-06-02 3:31
Hello Henk, very good documentary shot again of this terrible heavy job in those temperatures. It is hard to imagine how they survive from day to day.
And yes, the harsh light fits the photo very well.
I like it that that one woman is looking up to you. And thanks for your continuing work of bringing these shots and these hard scenes from your beloved country.
bnallama (3763) 2005-06-02 5:29
Henk, it look like a world in a isolation like the rock surrounded by the ground. Thanks for sharing reminding about the sufferance and how much better of we are.
To answer your question, I am not sure if I would want to do this all my life but, I would be for it to give it a try couple of days..
Isn't the woman looking at you and asking u if u want to give them a hand? :-)
summersun (4978) 2005-06-03 17:05
And here we complain about our jobs... when we have air conditioning, safe conditions to work etc etc.
I like the contrast between the pink purple color of that woman's clothes,looking at you against the white granite.
nygus (8178) 2005-06-05 10:27
very good. i actually love the fact that woman is looking at us, linking far away scene with us in a very stron sense.She balances to composiytion - her look compensates huge empty space on the left, if she was looking down or to the right, this space would make no sense, all the action located in the right and space somehow forced with no meaning.
- Copyright: oochappan as (oochappan) (19023)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-12
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, RAW, ISO-200
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-05-31 19:37