International Women’s Day
Woman and Liquid of Life:
It is no unusual sight here in Jaipur to see women performing one of their daily chores of fetching enough water, either from wells, rivers or lakes. Water, earth's most precious resource is a vital life-line for humans where getting potable water in this semi desert town can be very difficult and this one particular exhausting back-breaking responsibility always falls to the women who spend hours daily carrying it home few kilometers away under scorching sun. And this is a job that does not let up for even a day. Families need drinking water every day!
I have watched this humble woman from a distant, just the sort of scene that helps bring a greater understanding of the life of others in far away places. A shot of an everyday human landscape as she gave me a tremendous gift, her time and humanity and above all, the opportunity to make a very very special picture.
This profile portrait is just a simple straight-on shot and there's nothing rosy about this fraction of a second snap, but I was so touched by a soulful person fully concentrating on the water faucet at public communal taps ensuring that every precious drop is not wasted from the bucket. This sums up her sheer force of will to just get on with life, sure life is tough but she will get through. May she be a potential contributor in the development of her own family and communities.
Images are more than just scenery to me, they touch our hearts, our minds and project feelings.......
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th each year across the globe. IWD is about celebrating the vital role women play in their families, communities and countries while recognising that significant barriers to achieving women's economic achievement and gender equality continue to exist in the third world countries in particular. At the heart of every human experience is the desire to survive, prosper and to live without fear, hunger or suffering. To imagine how life could be better and then have the means to change it. Yet, everyday millions of people cannot fulfill their most basic needs, let alone attain their dreams or desires.
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daddo (27756) 2014-03-08 3:39
Salam Abmdsudi, my neighbour or as we say in the Balkans, komshiya. I don't know how you do it, that magic touch- here,the wonderful connection between the tap and the shawl and even in the distance a similar colour. Superb light, details and composition. The heartfelt note is a great tribute to women and their selfless lives as they care for their families, often unappreciated.best wishes.Klaudio.
pajaran (65056) 2014-03-08 4:13
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku, sa opisom.
Lepa fotografija namenjena zenama za 8. mart ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazana zena i trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the place and time, with the description.
Beautiful images aimed at women for 8 March ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast, women and demonstrated good moment, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Sergiom (87135) 2014-03-08 4:59
J'aime beaucoup le moment très simple et journalier de cette dame qui va chercher son eau à la fontaine. J'aime beaucoup le choix de la profondeur de champs qui cerne très bien le personnage.
kabel (1930) 2014-03-08 6:08
Hello, I did not know this is International woman's Day. Thank you for educating me. As to your wonderful portrait of the woman attending to water I think it is very moving. We take so many things for granted in modern society. Excellent exposure choice with the blurred background.
Fis2 (105102) 2014-03-08 6:15
A very interesting scene.
Excellent frame, colours and light.
Image has a unique atmosphere.
CLODO (35614) 2014-03-08 6:18
A remarkable note to accompany a remarkable picture, full of dark hues enhanced by the yellow colors of the tap and veil. She is really concentrated on her job, trying not to waste a simple drop of water.
rogerl (1632) 2014-03-08 6:24
Abmdsudi, your portraits are just amazing. This is a capture of the perfect moment, with sharp focus in front only, concentrating our attention on the woman and the tap. Beautiful dark tones throughout. Nicely done.
Noel_Byrne (33422) 2014-03-08 6:33
Its funny as I read your note, and you talk of the water that gives life, because I feel there seems something almost spiritual in this scene. The woman could as easy be blessing the water as taking it for her family. Her pose seems very gracious and humble, and the light that seems to emanate from her golden clothes enhances this feeling. The golden tap looks beautiful too, a perfect place from which to gather the source of all life.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-03-08 7:20
wonderful composition to commemorate this special day!
I agree completely with your statement-images are certainly more than just scenery and your works are a best proof of that.
This one is truly delightful-very atmospheric,but also intimate and tranquil.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-03-08 7:48
wow! A sharp and very well composed frame here to celebrate the IWD... Great picture quality... Excellent skin tone. Pleasant looking bokeh at background to isolated her. Superb shot. Tfs.
mesutilgim (97162) 2014-03-08 8:33
Wonderfull capture, very good dedication to this special day !
The symbolism of your compo seems to be "woman is woman" . No difference iin US or India or in Turkey.
Well balanced light management.
TFS and have a nice weekend
ourania (50573) 2014-03-08 8:49
this is a superb portrait, graceful and touching at the same time. It gives us a significant aspect of women's daily life in India in a way that's simple but striking. I love how the blurry backdrop sets off the lady and matches her concentration on the precious water. Your composition is marvellous, I like how this tightly cropped scene extends across the frame and how both her hand and glance are connected with the running water. The dark tones create a heavy mood and a sense of mystery, the warm tones emit an exquisite warmth. I appreciate very much your note too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Schnappilic (9692) 2014-03-08 10:58
A very suitable picture for IWD. I like the frame with a special light and atmosphere. My congratulations!
Cricri (124814) 2014-03-08 11:01
Très belle image pour cette journée de la femme, j'aime la note, la scène et l'expression de la dame, la lumière, la netteté sur le fond flouté, merci pour toutes les femmes du monde
Silvio1953 (151589) 2014-03-08 12:17
Ciao Abmdsudi, great portrait of lovely woman in nice action, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
cornejo (46070) 2014-03-08 12:19
Hello Abmdsudi, excellent photo of this interesting scene of daily life, very well captured in this interesting image, well composed like a painting, with good sharpness, interesting light and color. Excellent and nice job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
kato (11630) 2014-03-08 14:11
You're capturing well this daily life by a good composition, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle the woman wearing the traditional shawl has drawn water in the bucket. That water is a precious resource of a life can know through her expression.
bukitgolfb301 (44789) 2014-03-08 20:57
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH, Apa kabar?
Lagi portrait yang hebat dan significant at all!
Perrect composition and expousre, adalah, hebat dan astaga!
All the best and habve a good Sunday! Takero
shreya2000 (2769) 2014-03-08 21:34
Nice post of Womens day. I like the clarity, colours and contast of the picture. Thanks for sharing.
rychem (41596) 2014-03-08 21:40
This here is a very nice portrait and a very moody photo, something to think, I like thr dark tones and the light on thr face of this woman, splendid photo
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-08 22:16
I like the connection between the woman and the water Abmdsudi, both essential for life, health and well-being. Your shot reminds me of the story about Jesus and the woman at the well. In her community, she was a pariah but Jesus treated her with love and dignity. A good lesson no matter what, if any, religion or beliefs one has.
A perfect presentation for the day. Thank you.
Warm regards Rosemary
jjcordier (79297) 2014-03-08 23:23
Belle photo de cette femme accomplissant ce geste quotidien avec élégance. Très bon cadrage et belle gestion de la lumière.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-03-08 23:52
a superb portrait with attractive composition and warm lights, great sharpness and clarity, suggestive photo work,
mirosu (16273) 2014-03-09 1:32
Superb snapshot of local woman captured the interesting aspects of everyday life. The profile close up is just lovely, excellent light and very well balanced colors. The composition including also the water tap, running water and part of the old metal bucket is superb.
Very well done.
Didi (60590) 2014-03-09 3:13
India is the best country in the world for daily life scenes
This a good one with dark lights
papagolf21 (107995) 2014-03-09 9:19
Bonsoir, cher Abmdsudi,
Encore une image qui force l'admiration par son intensité.
Une image talentueuse.
Nard (6972) 2014-03-09 12:32
Splendid portrait and a very nice light giving old gold tones.
adramad (48960) 2014-03-09 15:31
I admire your masterful grasp seal wonderful portraits, this great composition, I love the image of this woman, in this interesting profile, surrounded by a beautiful chiaroscuro, her headscarf ideally a touch of color.
An image to enjoy, with its beautiful colorful, high brightness and perfect sharpness.
Very well done.
Happy start to the week.
federico (4399) 2014-03-09 16:37
your portraits are really unique in this gallery, the clarity and vividness is always perfect
mayjayne (6802) 2014-03-09 22:26
The composition, along with the accompanying note, is very touching. It makes us stop and reflect on our own expectations in life where we are always trying to be better, chasing our desires and dreams; and sometimes forgetting to be just happy and satisfied with what we have, which is a lot more than what millions of people in the world who cannot even fulfil their basic needs have. Thank you so much for sharing this pic, thought and awareness.
Graal (103038) 2014-03-10 0:37
another nice portrait. Good shot and caught moment. Fine scene from daily life. Well done photo.
Have a nice week.
jhm (158892) 2014-03-10 5:22
Her pose seems very gracious and humble, and the light that seems to emanate from her golden clothes enhances this feeling.
You chose a very well angle with very pleasant colours
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
Oceania (5202) 2014-03-10 8:02
This is another portrait I really like. It's from side, yet the visual impact is great. I also like that you used the shallow aperture here. So the lady is highlighted. It's a wonderful piece of photography.
holmertz (58250) 2014-03-11 3:04
A photo with a strong symbolic value and with a very attractive narrow range of colours. I like the smoothness of the dark green, yellow and brown tones and the discreet light. The woman is perfectly placed in a profile and her arm connects the two halves of the composition very nicely.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-11 6:47
This is super love the close crop and the mood is also splendid,the colours work so well with the low light. Great note and the daily life scene of this lady collecting her water.
Well managed, Tfs,
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-03-13 7:31
One of the things that we take for granted in life is water, at least in advance industrial countries anyway. But a lot of people lack access to this very basic human need. Simple composition but it says a lot about our priorities. I like the tight cropping and nice details. Well done, tfs.
patpatch (1601) 2014-03-13 9:20
Thar's a great shot.I like very much.Your picture is nicely composed.
The natural light is perfect with a good contrast.
I think that the interplay between light and shadows is fascinating and gives an intimist atmosphere.
Avery nice scenery of the daylife in India.
Bartleby (13552) 2014-03-13 12:30
indeed her attitude is interesting and the light you caught is absolutely gorgeous!
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-03-15 4:02
this is truly stunning portrait of the woman getting some water from the tap. The framing is just perfect and the colors rich and lovely and enhancing the whole scene. Great composition and masterly done sharpness.
Thanks for sharing
nikkitta (17068) 2014-03-15 15:23
Touching note where you show your concern about people you take photos, not only the capture but their work, custom, ceremonies
Typical scene of Jaipur, where is easy to see these women along the routes with that precious content, water
Like your particular way of focusing the subject while bluring the backgroun, here the matching color between tap and shawl gave a kind of spark at the daily live scene
Artistic and clever way to celebrate WD
Very well done
Quite agree with the last words of your note
Glint (6171) 2014-03-20 16:33
I appreciate the beautiful simplicity of this image. As ever you have the perfect dof. So well exposed with a three dimensional quality that I feel like I am in the scene with this woman.
tatadalou (7459) 2014-03-30 4:03
Thanks a lot for this touching picture. That's a really nice tribute to women, as well as the beautiful note you've written. We can feel the concentration to fill her bucket.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-04 9:00
questa era sfuggita alla mia vista ed eppure è una delle più belle delle tue ultime propostesia per la scena ripresa e il suo significato simbolico in una regione non eccessivamente ricca di acqua sia per come la scena viene disegnata con una serie di chieri e di scuri che esaltano la figura femmminile inserendola in uno scenario di grandissimo effetto.
Complimenti anche per il trattamento del colore che aggiun ge ulteriore fascino alla scena.
Ciao e buona serata
claudeD (41244) 2014-04-04 10:12
all my complimets to the master of perfect portrait pictures. Very good contribution to TE.I like this fotojob very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
BennyV (20231) 2014-04-21 7:48
Wow, you've been very busy here and uploaded some terrific shots. Although I'm excited about your Vietnam posts (hoping there's plenty to come there), this one is my favourite among among the ones I hadn't seen before. Really superb photography. Framing, colours, focus, topic...all the boxes tick. COngratulations!!
aliabazari (16252) 2014-07-09 8:05
Portrait of a beautiful and attractive. I love it. Thanks for sharing.
berek (50506) 2015-12-20 6:15
I love the simple and time of day the lady who will get his water from the fountain. I love the choice of the depth of field that identifies the character very well.
Have a nice Sunday.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (57176)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-01-08
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Tokina AT-X PRO 80-200/2.8, ISO 200 RAW
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/2500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-08 3:16