I have posted two pictures from Mandawa before and had promised to upload some pictures of the frescos - so here they are. The main picture is of one being lovingly restored to its former glory. In the WS I show some that have yet to be restored.
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 merchants who built large houses called Havelis which were adorned with brightly coloured frescos.
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lousat (90780) 2011-08-06 4:15
Hi Ann,very interesting moment and magnificent pic,how are nice these peintures,and your pic so perfect is the best way to see these details and colors so well.Great light balance too,i like it! Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano
siudzi (34141) 2011-08-06 4:38
An unique and interesting scene with lots of great details and colors. This must be a fascinating job! Well done.
kmangwani (338) 2011-08-06 4:42
I have heard these painters still use ancient medium to paint their timeless paintings.. like vegetable colors.
This picture has so much speaking about this traditional art and Rajasthan (Shekhawati)being the last bastion of this age old surviving (and living) gallery.
PaulVDV (28865) 2011-08-06 4:58
The pictures in the WS show the wonderful frescos very well. On the main photo we see a restorer patiently at work with much love for the historical artworks.
The pic is taken from a good POV showing the three main frescos beautifully with the angle in the wall.
Best regards, Paul
baddori (20121) 2011-08-06 4:59
I costi dei viaggi sono proibitivi.
Queste note, fotografie, racconti di viaggio..riportano agli scritti del tardo 1800, primi 1900.
Un restauro di un prezioso antico.
Grazie per la condivisione
wolf38 (31296) 2011-08-06 5:33
Hello Ann. A photo from the world of art painting. The figures are typical nationwide - and the painters are specialists. The photo gives a good overview. Informative text. A good contribution to TE. Rgds wolfgang.
holmertz (52096) 2011-08-06 7:17
Scenes like this always inspire me. Not to take up painting but to take a picture of the painter. Or any craftsman/woman really. This is a very nice shot with beautiful details and you have used the light very well. I do wonder if the next job for this man could be to paint a huge outdoor advertisement for toothpaste or whatever. Those painters are also quite clever, but maybe this kind of job requires special skills.
tyro (24688) 2011-08-06 9:40
This is an incredibly sharp and clear photograph of this artist at work. He must have a very steady hand for this - I think that many would use a mahlstick for steadiness when doing such intricate work, especially when balanced on what looks like a pretty ricketty scaffold! I like how you can see evidence of his preparatory linework in the lower part of the figure he is colouring.
Beautiful colours and perfect exposure and, as usual, an interesting note.
macjake (67534) 2011-08-06 11:30
I just finished critiquing another Indian photo with a painter! must be the special of the day!
love the calmness the man is possessing, he seems relaxed yet also being very studious and applying attention to detail.
love the subject and the visuals.
loves_summer (1310) 2011-08-06 13:49
Wonderful documentary shot!
I love to see old buildings and artwork being restored to their original splendor. Great perspective and excellent sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!
emka (96603) 2011-08-06 18:13
Shekhawati region is not so popular with tourists and it is so interesting! We were in some villages there besides Mandawa. I liked these havelis very much. I posted a photo of Mandawa here. This fresco is renovated and in good condition, probably haveli converted to hotel, usually they were not cared, and in a way, more picturesque. Nice scene, excellent quality of the photo. Nice composition, good colours and great sharpness.
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-08-06 23:01
Hello Ann - You really captured this shot under excellent light, the murals seem to glow and the clarity of colour is wonderful. Isn't it fascinating watching craftsman practice these age old traditions? and to think that behind these images lie legends and history. A top class DL shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Budapestman (82620) 2011-08-07 2:04
a superb photo from this value protecting work, the details are beautiful, very nice composition and lights, an interesting photo of this splendid work, Tfs! Have a nice Sunday! Kellemes Vasárnapot kívánok!
vasilpro (41315) 2011-08-07 7:53
Wonderful composition with the wall painter in his work, beautiful scene, interesting traditional painting, excellent POV, lovely light and colors, TFS!
Have a nice Sunday, Vasilis.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-08-07 12:43
The artist is skillfully photographed. The soft colors of the photo are remarkable. The purity of the works is magnificent. I like the skillful composition, the quality of the light and the colors. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Graal (102752) 2011-08-07 23:32
an interesting scene and presentation. Good shots. I like the WS also. Well informations and done photos. Frescos are beautiful.
Have a nice day.
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-08-08 3:19
Magnificent scene of daily life in the restoration of coloured frescos.
Good setting and the most beautiful colors.
Very interesting the information that you have given us in the note and two WS.
adores (45243) 2011-08-08 17:48
I saw some of them being restored, also in Mandawa. Your photo really shows how magnificent this work is. Well captured, with good sharpness and colours!
bergese (6699) 2011-08-09 3:11
Belle scéne de vie oů tu nous présentes un personnage pris dans un travail minutieux.Des couleurs trés douces et un bon cadrage.
Bonne journée Isabelle
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-08-11 4:38
A fantastic shot of this man trying to restore the work back to its original state. It is a hard job. I like the way he is stiing and doing the job with so much concentration. I like the colors.
Longroute (19396) 2011-08-12 11:55
I like the zebras too but I find this one absolutely original and so nice. The man is just in the right position and the frescoes are so photogenic!
You framed the scene very well with an excellent clarity.
I notice that he don't have any reference drawing so he must be painting by heart.
A lovely souvenir from India.
all the best,
dale54 (7798) 2013-10-31 7:12
ann hello..you sure have some nice colorful shots from india..this one caught my eye,wonderful detail,color and POV! tfs. dale
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (21895)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-12-01
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
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- Date Submitted: 2011-08-06 3:40