Our driver Satish brought to his home one apple. He has three children of which the youngest is too young to eat an apple. Just older is a toddler of his sister who was visiting at that time. So the toddler gets the apple, and he delightfuly and methodically proceeded to bite the apple. But it is not so easy for a barely year-old to manage such an attractive yet big fruit. Like a turtle following an apple across the room to the corner to finally put it in its mouth, the little kid was forever licking and sucking on it but was unable to bite into it.
Here you can read more on this wonderful family.
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cmarino (2490) 2007-03-21 16:10
Nice shot of daily life, Animesh.
Colorful and interesting. I doubt if the black frame was a good choice, however.
Galeota (10338) 2007-03-21 16:13
Did you use some kind of noise reduction software such as Neat Image or something alike? Seems a bit softened by the post processing, whatever it may be. Otherwise a rich, well composed scene, almost cinematic in its presentation. I would say "Mexico", if I didn't know this was taken in India...
MKING (3054) 2007-03-21 18:45
Love the rich colours and contrast here, and especially the composition with the main child on the very edge. The frame, however, I find it a wee bit distracting; it contains the picture too much which, to my eye, counteracts the apple-eating child's placement and gaze out of the box.
Isabelle (9046) 2007-03-21 20:40
superb colors, superb, subtly, emotional story going with it.
s10001in (0) 2007-03-21 20:41
Strong dark frame animesh..& Some really saturated vivid colors.
Warm feelings.& Funny moment.
Infact very close & quite easy to go close in this occssion but again not have eye contact for this subject..is impressive!!!
Some natural expressions & typical Rajasthani set up of house..
bantonbuju (51813) 2007-03-22 2:40
this is like a pearl, this image...hell, we all probably went through this mouth-fight-with-apple procedure but to photograph the thing as if it were a huge event? only few would think about it...
thaprem (2558) 2007-03-22 3:27
I liek the way the apple & the child anchor this frame...
Other supporting players seems to be contributing well too..
The slowly unravelling story as naratted by you is nice.
nerve (10231) 2007-03-22 7:26
i cant say i like the black frame, but the image is simply beautiful. the sharpness and the colour quality surprised me in this scanned film. the kid and his apple are just priceless here.
great image Animesh, if you get images with this clarity out of scanning, you dont digital cameras at all imho. (please remove the frame though, lol!)
dolin (15703) 2007-03-22 13:06
Very nice shot.
A strange framing with this little boy on the corner with the glance on the frame, but I really like it !!!
A nice scene with full details and a very interesting dof...just beautiful !
(I come back)
michiels (4170) 2007-03-22 15:42
This is a great photo, i like the composition and the point of view. Great stroke and colours !!
prantik (1136) 2007-03-22 18:31
Love this Animesh. Both the picture and your note are very sensitive and endearing. The toddler looks frustrated and perhaps little pissed off with his (literally) fruitless attempt.
Kids still use those good old slate and chalk in India, eh.
What was the kid on the left doing? What's the green thing in his hand?
greg (2835) 2007-03-22 19:48
Seems quite unusual to have the main focus so far off to the edge. I like that. The moment is great. I'm also not sure about the black frame this time - maybe because of the way the left shadows merge into it.
partha (14020) 2007-03-22 21:32
Nioce mood u have captured. The composition gives wonderful dynamism in it.
I am appriciating as you still stick to film.
keribar (43841) 2007-03-23 2:46
Yous story is really wonderful and so is the photo, although I would have preferred a dimmer light instead of a harsh sunlight all over.
Buth the composition is perfect, amnd it is enough to make the picture - Izzet
Furachan (0) 2007-03-24 10:29
Great vivid shot with an almost 3-D intensity, Animesh. One of your most successful ventures into color - I'm wholeheartedly on board with this one. The placement of that child with that red, red apple in the very corner of the frame is inspired...
photographer123 (6246) 2007-03-24 12:08
wonderful color ...good use of black border..its look like a film sprip...note too...subir
designsoul (21492) 2007-03-24 20:48
Hi Animesh, my first reaction to this beautiful shot is a huge smile... that incongruency between sizes... that huge, watermelon-size apple (in his world) that the little boy is trying to tackle is simply adorable. I love his face, his interest, his steadfast handling of that enormous fruit :-)
A very nice image of this family, so Indian, so guileless, so natural, peaceful. How I wish to be there...
syd1946 (18663) 2007-03-24 21:17
Like a lost old film discovered by your lenses.Rare moment and scene Animesh,beautiful photograph.
CliffW (2377) 2007-03-25 7:11
Nice bit of work here Animesh. I like the comedic effect of seeing a kid biting (or in this case, not biting) into something new. Here, in some ways I don't quite make the hard connection between the boys (within the context of this exact moment ie - they too are onlookers, maybe even busy posing, and not exactly part of the subject), but they still add a concept of the apple cruncher's world and family, and so that works well. Plus they bounce my eye from the left all the way down to the lower right. (Sorry, I'm on a "explain what you like and don't like" kick).
One other thing, sort of an observation if I'm right, because I do it too. I notice you're using a 28mm. And I notice your most candid subject is far to the right. I don't know about you, but that wide lens (mine's 17-35)helps me sometimes point at one thing, or person, while getting a nice candid, the real subject, off on the periphery.
jinju (14265) 2007-03-26 2:46
Thats a heck of a frame:) I like it, its as if Im looking at the scene through a window. Plus black is a great color to offset photos. The placement of the focus is great, but so is the interesting bokeh zone which presents a lot to examine.
KevRyan (22956) 2007-03-26 19:33
I like the story - yes a problem I have seen with young children and apples! I love the way he hugs that nearest corner and the spread of the other children through the frame.....the contrast is a little strong as you go back into the frame but then this Indian light is often so difficult in this respect ......
best wishes Kev
flory (4848) 2007-09-14 0:41
yesterday said to someone 'i envy you'..but was in that sense 'i appreciated so much what you do!'.
the same for your work!
a huge Apple..hm;this is my feeling in this one,doesn't matter anything around you..taste of one huge apple.
thanks Animesh, because you tell us their story!
wish you a good day,
- Copyright: Animesh Ray (AnimeshRay) (9089)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-17
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon F3 HP, Nikkor 28mm f/2
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): India, My Stylesheet, Flori's Favorites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-21 16:01
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