There are million of images of Taj million times better than this image. Even in TE I found many stunning images of Taj Mahal. But last year when I travelled to this marvelous place I found it not so stunning not a typical Photographer's sight. It was turning pale, an Ugly side of it.
The Taj The 350-year-old "monument to love" is renowned as much for its symmetry of proportions as for its intricate details. Built of pure white marble, the Taj is imbued with a delicate pink tint at dawn. It turns dazzling white by noon and then at dusk it is a pearly gray. On a full moon night it is bathed in a soft silver light. And when the sky is overcast with heavy monsoon clouds, the Taj turns a brooding blue-gray.
But the Taj's translucent white marble exterior is yellowing because of pollution. There is fungus in its interiors. "Airborne particles are being deposited on the monument's marble surface, giving it a grimy yellow tinge," a parliamentary standing committee on transport, tourism and culture noted in a report this year. While pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide gases are generally within permissible limits, high levels of "suspended particulate matter" have been recorded, except during the rainy season, the report said.
The Taj has been under threat for centuries. Its precious stones and ornate doorways were looted in the 18th and 19th centuries. During World War II and the India-Pakistan wars of 1965 and 1971, the Taj was protected from possible air strikes by the erection of elaborate scaffolding around the monument. And in recent decades, the monument has figured on terrorists' hit lists.
Ugly graffiti on its walls etched by tourists eager to leave their mark on the monument has scarred its walls. More devastating is the environmental pollution that is eating away the Taj. The Mathura Refinery (located about 30 kilometers from Agra), iron foundries, glass factories and brick kilns as well as vehicles in and around Agra are belching smoke. Fumes mix with moisture in the atmosphere to produce "acid rain" that is corroding the Taj's complexion. Experts describe it as "marble cancer".
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janusz2054 (2) 2010-02-11 9:32
Fantastic classic view for this famous place.
This architecure is great.The facade is beautiful .Very very good composition.
yquem46 (38752) 2010-02-11 9:42
Quite interesting note !
I've seen the Taj only twice but each time it was "just a kind of magic" !
nice compo here thanks to the group of people at right leaving the image
very well done Tushar
rlrad (1845) 2010-02-11 17:24
Well, I suppose I should come to the Taj Mahal before it rots away before our eyes...
Interesting twist on this often romanticized monument, a juxtaposition if you will of words belying the beauty we see in the photos of this "monument to love." Perhaps you should have waited until Sunday to bring us this one!
I hope others bother to read your note after seeing the photograph, perhaps they see the Taj in a thumbnail and it doesn't occur to them that someone may have done something just a little different for us here. I'm starting to notice an interesting thread in your posts, Tushar, an almost-but-not-quite tongue-in-cheek commentary on the interesting and perhaps somewhat seedy side of a familiar scene and a couple times vice-versa.
It kind of reminds me of when I went to Naples, Italy and visited Pompeii - after we took one tour a man approached us and asked if we wanted a tour of the "Real Pompeii" - actually a tour pointing out all the sexual things, brothels and erotic murals and worse - that changed our minds from "those poor people" to "maybe God really does have a plan for sinners!".
I may not be making myself clear in this critique - it was a long day at work today - but perhaps you already know what I mean...
Technically I can find nothing wrong with your photograph, the lighting and color is great, the composition fine (but, like many places I have been, I think you could drop your camera on the ground there and accidentally get a nice photograph of something). It's that note that kind of haunts me and sets you apart from the norm. I like it, even though it points out a tremendous travesty.
Thanks for sharing,
Charo (51212) 2010-02-11 17:36
In India there are magnificent palaces of beautiful architecture, like this. People provides a good scale to better see the grandeur of the temple.
Excellent perspective and good details.
satabdikundu (12) 2010-02-11 21:30
Great Picture. Nice Architecture. Good details and nice POV.
eversmile (11636) 2010-02-11 23:29
Wow! What a note! This is an interesting angle to present the most famous monument of India. And you double it by an intreresting angle on the photo itself, surprising, maybe not the most beautiful but very honest, with a clear presentation of the yellowish tones of the marble. It is sad and alarming to imagine that the health and integrity of this wonder can be damaged. And it makes me think twice. I saw it in 1985 for the first time. I keep a strong memory of it, even though I was a bit jaded with its reputation. I was convinced that its fame was exaggerated and that I would remain cold and indifferent in front of it. Not at all!!! I was impressed and charmed at first sight. And kept a strong memory of it for years. Then, I returned in 2007, and I found the color of the stones different than in my memory. I assumed that it was my memory that was failing. That I had embellished the reality in my mind. But your note, now, makes me see things with a new angle. And to realise, that, unfortunately, my impression was not totally wrong. Thank you.
But let's come back to the photo: I like the idea to show the Taj from a corner, that makes it appear majestic, massive, and the colorful silhouettes create a strong impact, because it allows us to realise how small we are in front of it. It is sharp, almost crisp, and the bright colors are appealing. Bravo!
PS: Which terrorists would dare to attack this monument? I know there were threats but it seems more absurd than ever! Hindu extremists? But the Taj is a part of the indian heritage and it would be a disaster, to destroy the symbol of the country! Muslim integrists? But it was build under Shah Jahan, well known to have favoured islam... what would be the meaning to destroy this jewel of muslim architecture??? Really, it would be a great loss for everybody. For all humanity because there are millions of people that love the Taj, whatever religion they follow (or not).
But pollution is a more insidious threat, that's good you point it to us.
I add the picture to my theme "Which world for tomorrow".
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-02-11 23:53
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.
ManuMay (36285) 2010-02-14 7:54
Very good point of view choosen tho show this great Taj view, really different to others and very well composed, full of details and deserving an impressive view, great colours indeed, the inclusion of subjects adds interest to the scene...Good work!
Have a nie day...
rodgerg (55767) 2010-02-15 6:58
very good presenttaion of this famous edifice with a framing well selected. The details of the architecur nad too of the decoration are very well colected. The peoples give a plesanta elemnt of life and too an interesting idea of the sacle of the place.
- Copyright: Tushar Kanti Mandal (tusharkmandal) (3173)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-12-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
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- Theme(s): Which world for tomorrow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-02-11 9:03
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