Mandawa is nearly 200km north-west of Jaipur in the remote Shekhawati region. The area is very arid but became important as trading posts for the ancient caravan routes from China to the Middle East. Although the caravans stopped in the late 18th Century Mandawa remained the home to many rich mercahnts who built palatial houses called Havelis which were adorned with brightly coloured frescos. Fort Mandawa was built at this time with a medieval theme of turrets, roof balconies as shown in the picture. Inside it is richly decorated. It is now a heritage hotel. Our room was on three levels in a tower and from the window I watched these men with a rather unstable looking ladder climbing on the roof. I thoroughly recommend Mandawa as it is off the main tourist trail and you can safely walk the charming streets safely. I have uploaded images from Mandawa before and will upload one showing the murals soon.
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tyro (22404) 2011-03-03 0:07
Whoa! Well, this one certainly hits the viewer between the eyes! Even the thumbnail image stands out from the page, let alone the full-size version. And that, I think, is because of the impact of it, purely down to its simplicity and wonderful composition.
The picture (though not the subject) reminds me of many of the photographs of Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) who has a wonderful knack of simple but dramatic composition. I fact, my friend Peter Geldart (graffer) has uploaded a theme of Composition Workshop Analyses which is very well worth a look in my opinion - I should love to see what he would make of your picture here. I think he might say that the main dome of the roof with its little "spike" sits on the left vertical dividing line of thirds, that the man on the roof sits very close to the upper left crossing-point of thirds (or powerpoint): he would certainly comment upon the strong diagonal line of the ladder joining the two figures. And, of course, there's the top edges of the square bases of the "turrets" which lie on the lower horizontal dividing line of thirds. And there's more too.
Apart from the simplicity and the superb composition, the picture is technically perfect to my mind. Fabulous sharpness, spot-on exposure and perfect colours and lighting. The very plain background of the sky enhances the whole picture.
And, as is your wont, an interesting and informative note to boot.
P.S. I just have to add this to my favourites!
P.P.S. I bet you a shilling that Gunnar will comment on this one.
Guenther (10915) 2011-03-03 0:40
this is a nice snap shot of a daily life scene combined with a beautiful architecture.
About the safety in the worplace: is the guy tied by a string with the shoe?? Not the international standard I'm afraid... ;-) Thanks for sharing!
csabagaba (6630) 2011-03-03 0:52
Well done genre. Simple tools, but a nice solution. Also working with us as people, as much of a difference that we have 1 person working, and 5-6 people manage and watch :-)
dkmurphys (53561) 2011-03-03 2:02
Very picturesque scene, a beautiful composition. Great shapes and contrasts, well seen.
Have a good day.
siudzi (34141) 2011-03-03 2:12
Wow, what a great picture you have taken here! The moment is really interesting as well as your quality and composition. Realy well done. TFS.
holmertz (45936) 2011-03-03 2:40
While waiting for my brother to comment on this I can say that it's a fine photo with a simplicity that I like. Pleasant colours, pure lines and a bit of a drama.
francio64 (39744) 2011-03-03 5:18
bel close up su queste cupole del nuovo albergo che si mostrano in vecchio stile medievale.
La presenza umana anima la scena.
Luce ben gestita e sharp eccellente.
Sergiom (68708) 2011-03-03 5:44
Très beau plan serré sur ces travailleurs de la construction. Comme toujours, un qui travaille et un qui regarde...ailleurs.
saxo042 (37724) 2011-03-03 6:24
This is a picture that I would definitely have commented on, even without being urged;) But I do appreciate John´s kind words! This is also a favourite for me, as well.
The photo is indeed well composed and the soft and uniform colours are very pleasant. The two persons here well positioned, but I can´t help thinking about the safety measurement, the guy at the top seems to have some rope around his foot. Would that be all as protection? I guess Swedish rules are a lot tougher...
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-03-03 6:49
Muito interessante cena de vida diária com estes dois homens a reparar este telhado , gostei muito dos detalhes de arquitectura interessante tem tudo a mesma cor , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Ricx (13495) 2011-03-03 8:43
Hi Ann, Such lovely detail in your images. I fine perspective with wonderful angles and shapes and designs.. Love the layout. I look forward to the murals.. Rich
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-03-03 10:49
This is a very nice shot of the people who maintain these architectural wonders.. Very pleasant colors, well framed and very good light management.
Urs (14082) 2011-03-04 21:20
Well seen repair of the roof of this mosque. Goos light and shadow management producing a vivid shot. Well done.
corjan3 (2103) 2011-03-04 23:08
Composition, patterns and acticity join the pleasing colours here for a beautiful image. Tyro, above, gives a very valid evaluation of the good composition here. Well done.
patdeph (35748) 2011-03-05 3:17
i came in Mandawa about 21 year ago,and slept in a palace,that was converted in hotel.I remember that I had a splendid room for only about 5 euros,I imagine this is different now.You have captured a superb detail with the men working there.
ricochet (9696) 2011-03-05 8:12
A beautiful view with a square format that works very well, very well directed light on this daily life scene who does not lack interest and beautiful architecture with superb details! Great work!
Have a nice WE
wolf38 (31284) 2011-03-06 0:06
Hi Ann. A lively and worth seeing photo from the world of work - and architecture. Very realistic and authentic. Best composition and light. Well observed and presented. Rgds, Wolfgang.
papera (14170) 2011-03-08 13:53
when one has seen these roofs always from afar, it is refreshing to see that they are not made of dough and icing sugar as they seem but real and often in need of maintenance :)
some people don't like the square format but here I think it's perfect because it somehow echoes the proportions of the "onion".
I think the light is amazing, crisp, clean, vivid and yet flattering, caressing the rounded lines and forms and creating smooth contrasts.
a truly well composed and executed shot.
InasiaJones (31562) 2011-03-09 23:45
I like these "daily life" shot, telling much about what people are getting busy with, filling their life with moments of work and pleasure.
I can see the care you have put into the composition of this photo, as the main dome is meticulously placed between the other dome and the frame.
Light is low, providing nice contrast and reliefs in the architectural details. The ladder makes the link between both men where our eyes are naturally attracted.
Nice natural and subdued colours, from which both subjects stand out, each of them in their own way.
macjake (62350) 2011-03-10 7:19
i can see why this photo is popular for you.
a daily life scene in India such as this with the brilliant warm lighting and the rounded detailed features will bring attention.
love the ladder!! thats the best feature of all!
lovely warm atmosphere
bergese (6699) 2011-03-11 13:06
Une image d'une netteté incroyable,des couleurs trés belles,une belle compo.Une architecture magnifique et une presence humaine qui fait tout.
Best regards Isabelle
siolaw (38292) 2011-03-14 22:10
The light is nicely managed, giving soft sweet colours to the scene. Good combination of daily life and architecture photograoh!
delpeoples (55290) 2011-09-12 5:08
I've been meaning to critique your "prison shot" for ages but got waylaid by this fantastic shot. What a great image, so well-defined, beautifully composed with superb colours and light play. The square framing really suits your composition too. Just wonderful, thanks for sharing.
Have a great day
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (21053)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-12-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-03-02 22:49
- Favorites: 2 [view]