Bhuj - a 500 year old bustling city in the Western Indian state of Gujarat, is the most important city in Kachchh (Kutch). In the morning of 26th January, 2001 - India’s Republic Day, a ‘With Moment Magnitude’ (Mw) 7.6 earthquake shook Gujarat. The epicenter of the quake was located at 23.6 North Latitude and 69.8 East Longitude, about 20 km Northeast of Bhuj. At a depth of only 23 kms below surface this quake generated intense shaking which was felt in 70% region of India and far beyond. The towns of Bhuj, Anjar, Bachau and Rapar suffered near total destruction. This was one of the most deadly earthquakes in India's recorded history, with a death toll of nearly 20,000 & 166,000 injured. 600,000 people were left homeless, with 348,000 houses destroyed and an additional 844,000 damaged.
Bhuj bounced back emphatically from the rubble. The entire town has since been rebuilt, life has returned although many buildings still show scars of the terrible catastrophe.
December of 2010 - I stood in the fifth floor terrace of Gangaram Guest House, shivering. It was not the early morning chill, but the mere thought that I was actually standing in the very place where two of the most revered photographers in TE (& certainly my favourites) had once stood….. Scalerman (Caleb) and Mistral (Luca). I was attempting to create a picture of the remains of Bhuj Palace in the early winter morning light, similar to what Caleb had done 3 years back and Luca, a year later
Here’s my humble submission, a tribute to Caleb & Luca…alas, neither of them are now active in TE.
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Gerrit (52283) 2011-08-05 2:28
The devistation of the earthquake is still very visible here although behind it a huge building (with romanesc windows)is build up(again?).
The beautiful warm light and the fabvulous background make itr an attractive photo.
lousat (98285) 2011-08-05 2:32
There are the effect of earthquake and there is a mgic light insie this pic.A magnificent and rich composition,fantastic point of view and sharpness,very interesting and very well done.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
npecanhuk (78913) 2011-08-05 2:46
Touching and truly interesting note!
Very nice and attractive picture of that place that brings so many memories to you!
Composition, colors, vertical format and management of light are highlights here!
TFS - congrats,
dta (82960) 2011-08-05 2:49
Hello Angshuman ,
Despite the ruins , this is a fantastic view of these old buildings , especially with this magic light . The chosen POV is really excellent .
A interesting contribution , thanks .
jhm (160917) 2011-08-05 3:11
We see clear the damage at the building in foreground, a pity that all very long remains in these bad condition.
I find your picture a very nice subject and excellent of colors.
Excellent captured and good composed.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
SnapRJW (31629) 2011-08-05 3:11
Hello Angshu - A poignant note to accompany a poignant image which you have taken under the most beautiful light. The devastation is plain to see and one marvels at the tenacity of the human spirit when you say that the town has bounced back and is rebuilding from the rubble up. TFS this special image. Warm regards Rosemary
sevy (58) 2011-08-05 3:23
A very attractive shot; for the nice lightning but also for the composition using efficiently the above point of view to separate each grounds.
timecapturer (49288) 2011-08-05 4:27
what a fascinating place and your composition is so full of detail and textures it is so interesting. Wonderfully sharp and such a rich warm light to make the whole scene quite magical. Impressive image and presentation. A beautifully executed shot.
Wishing you are great weekend - Regards Brian.
pierrefonds (71691) 2011-08-05 4:52
The morning light is enhancing the colors. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the buildings and of the remain of the Bhuj Palace. The subject is well frame. Have a nice day.
Nicou (152026) 2011-08-05 5:56
quelle compo superbe ces ruisnes et ces douceurs dans les tons fantastique iamge et compo une merveille dans un ciel splendie superb fond et senemble.
Bravo et amitié
Bluejeans (64251) 2011-08-05 6:47
Ola Angshuman ,
Que lugar magnifico com estas ruínas , achei magnifica a luz em tons dourados , bons detalhes ,bom uso da foto na vertical , boa nota , parabéns!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
holmertz (59750) 2011-08-05 8:10
This is a very interesting picture. Strictly formally it is well composed and the warm colours are beautiful. Considering that these ruins are "brand new" it gives me very mixed feelings. I spent a few days in Bhuj in 1985 and considered it the most spectacular city in India, more so than Varanasi because of the lack of tourists. The loss of lives in the earthquake was terrible but the loss of unique architecture made me almost as sad. It's nice to hear that the city is now rebuilt, but is it possible to recreate the ancient atmosphere?
dale54 (9092) 2011-08-05 11:40
well your story tells alot!love the pic!very well done! Angshuman have a great weekend!
prasun984 (5590) 2011-08-05 22:10
Nice architectural shot with nice back light effect over it...like the textures of the buildings...
Nice exposure controlled with nice warm light...good color contrast sharpness with nice chosen POV...
V nice shot with heartbreaking story of Bhuj...
danos (103212) 2011-08-06 2:55
very nice the view of this old town of Bhuj with the building on the backdrop to be in a good condition as i see in spite of the ruins on the foreground.I like the warm falling light on the city with the big history.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-08-06 22:02
A very interesting photo with excellent composition. Especially the light plays a crucial role. In addition, very informative text. Ideal for TE. Rgds, Wolfgang.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-08-06 22:21
Recently, there was an earthquake here also. I was in the train waiting for its departure. As soon as the earthquake has struck the area, we had to evacuate the station to a nearby park. I spent a night that day in a lobby of a nearby hotel. The image above shows striking image of devastated town in the foreground. I really hope that recovery from the damage cause by the earthquake will be soon.
Best regards, Angshuman
ajayrawat (672) 2011-08-07 2:56
Nice Capture Angshu with brilliant light and your signature framing
vasilpro (41661) 2011-08-07 23:57
Wonderful composition, beautiful old city with interesting architecture, the signs of the earthquake are obvious, lovely warm light and colors, excellent POV, very good sharpness and contrast.
Have a nice week, Vasilis.
Graal (103038) 2011-08-08 0:26
fine POV You had, An interesting palace and informations. Pity that partial is damaged. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.
papagolf21 (110342) 2011-08-08 0:56
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Une image qui laisse rêveur ! Beauté et désolation règnent dans cette composition.
Un grand merci et félicitations pour cette présentation de toute première qualité.
dip (23892) 2011-08-08 2:30
the lateral sunlight gives amazing tones to the destroyed walls and you've it excellent captured from a very good point of view!
wonderful composition and informative note as well!
bukitgolfb301 (45377) 2011-08-08 4:36
Hi NAMASTE my dear Angshuman
How are you? Another impresive image and note from you!
Perfect framework via wide focus appraoch and very reasonable combination of each components. I see--- this area is also damaged by the earthquake 10 years ago--.
Thanks for your sharing with nice work and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo, hottness coming back again
abmdsudi (58260) 2011-08-08 6:54
After ten years since the earthquake and a shame to hear they are not rebuilding/restoring this historic structures. The textures, details, colours and sense of neglect and decay comes across so well as depicted here. A poignant image though given the tragic background and the devastation, its a brilliant shot and fantastic detail in excellent vantage point. Good image well recorded, strong and fascinating truth about the shot. Well done
John_F_Kennedy (43763) 2011-08-08 8:20
The contrast is great and the composition of this fantastic place is very good a composition.
mkamionka (40095) 2011-08-08 10:05
wonderful presentation from Bhuj. The architecture is splendid and you have selected a perfect POV to demonstrate it. It is sad to see the buildings in the foreground so heavily damaged yet they look photogenic in the photo adding some more interesting atmosphere.
The light is fantastic it could not be better. I like the horizon slightly disappearing in a fog. Very nice effect.
pajaran (66318) 2011-08-08 12:03
Velika tragedija ...
Dobar tekst sa podacima i prikaz rusevina lepom fotografijom.
Mnogo vremena treba da prodje da zarastu rane.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
The great tragedy ...
A good text data and display a nice picture of the ruins.
Much time should pass to heal wounds.
All the best in the new week that started.
Fis2 (107416) 2011-08-08 12:44
A very curious photo.
Beautiful colors and light.
Very impressive picture.
Excellent work my friend.
kordinator (15429) 2011-08-08 15:28
Original and attractive picture of that place that brings so many memories to you.
Composition, colors and management of light are fantastic.
Rich and very interesting informative note.
josepmarin (58359) 2011-08-09 1:36
Namaste, my friend Angshuman
Besides a nice honoring to these nowadays inactive TE members, your composition offers us many more things.
As a high POV that gives a good depth to the image, a low light with a few warm tonalities, and a magnificent architecture unfortunately destroyed by an earthquake 10 years ago.
The ensemble of elements is very well balanced and has a great graphical power.
A beautiful work.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-08-09 9:49
La photo est très belle mais ce palais n'est plus que le reflet de ce qu'il a été. La secousse a été terrible et cela a dû bien éprouver la population.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-08-10 7:57
I can see how bad the devastation was from your picture. I can see the collapsed buildings and rubbles. Despite the ruins, this is a fantastic image with beautiful building in the back and the light that is falling on these ruins gives that special effect.
sacimar (28969) 2011-08-11 4:11
this is a good image, I like colors and tones you captured, it was a catastrophe as you say and you show a little part of what happened there, it takes a lot of time to rebuild, you has given a good tribute, well done,
emilbo (22616) 2011-08-12 15:15
Beau point de vue de cette ville qui a souffert d'un important tremblement de terre. La prise de vue matinal donne de superbes couleurs et nous une bonne idée des dégâts. L'édifice principal avec la magnifique tour ne semble pas avoir été trop touché. Excellente note explicative.
Toutes mes félicitations et bonne fin de semaine,
macjake (73059) 2011-08-13 4:52
first of all, a very informative write up...thats much appreciated.
so well detailed, so much to look at and admire.
the lighting is superb, a perfect time to capture the moment. the golden hues really stand out.
lovely shot and story.
RhodieIke (11744) 2011-08-14 0:37
Wow, Angshuman,What an amazing photo of this scene,It brings it home as to the force of these mighty powers the world has over us and can strike at any time, Awesome, Cheers Iain.
Longroute (19396) 2011-08-19 2:32
Scenes from earthquake are always sad and disheartening and so is this one, and yet these ruins retain something of their magnificence... the place has still some character...
I've seen the photos you mention and sincerely - without diminishing the work of mistral (whom I knew from my beginning here) I prefer your own. The vertical format it's preferable here IMO, and furthermore your photo has more contrast and incisiveness.
But this is the good thing of Te: that we can get inspired by the works of the others...
A very good contribution,
emka (107755) 2011-08-22 13:36
Interesting note. Human are helpless with the power of nature. many places i visited were after destroyed by earthquakes. I think then about the people living there. Did they survived? What about their houses. it was so in China (Sichuan), Pisco in Peru, Thailand, lately Japan... here you came after that, when some building are rebuilt, some still in ruin as we see here. One can't do anything about that, maybe just warning. But what about destruct ions in wars? It is such a stupidity..
Another thing sad here is that so many good friends, photographers left this side.
sad but beautiful photo, specially in this golden light.
plimrn (21344) 2011-08-31 16:06
The morning light makes the earthquake ruins less harsh as it also warms the more intact tower behind.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-09-02 0:00
somehow I missed it. A nice capture indeed with the soft light of morning. The ruined town is nicely can be seen with those houses which are rebuilt. Great POV. The 'trio' are superb and among them I like most that of yours. Excellent exposer management and superb composition. Tfs.
maria-v1981 (10964) 2011-09-11 11:31
Amazing only that i can say for this incredible and impressive city.
Awesome, your picture is really memorable.
Have a nice evening,
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-10 2:22
great light management and angle of shot.there is sort of a crescendo to the shot culminating on the tower.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-21
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/20 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Portraits from Kachchh
- Date Submitted: 2011-08-05 2:21
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