The above shot is taken at Mandarmoni sea beach during low tide. Ten years ago this was a small fishing village with a really beautiful virgin beach on the Bay of Bengal. I used to visit this place on weekends long before this became a bustling dirty tourist town. Oh what fun it was then...just chilled beer, fried fish, you and the sea.
But sadly the beauty of this place brought around its downfall...big resorts were opened bang on the beach, hordes of people came in, food stalls and markets were opened. The Virgin beach no longer remained a virgin. The rows of Casurina trees holding the vital sand and top soil were chopped down mercilessly. The sand since then is slowly being washed away by the rampaging sea and now there is more clay than sand on the beach. Nobody understood that this small eco-sensitive place doesn't have the capacity to handle such large number of tourists.
The local people who are really poor are facing a huge dilemma whether to save their native village or to carry on with the easy money they are earning from tourism. Following a public petition the Supreme Court of India has declared all resorts and hotels blatantly flouting coastal regulations illegal. But in India if you have money, power and have good contacts, you can break any law under the sun. So everything is going on as it was earlier, but the place is dying a slow death.
I found these watermarks left behind by the tide, very symbolic and as I don't find the future of this place to be very bright, I convert this to B&W.
Thanks for visiting.
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subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-12-30 2:15
hello Subho, nice presentation in monochrome. The lines on sand, created by waves are nice point of attraction and have nice graphism. Interesting composition captured using a nice POV. Nice one. Tfs.
snunney (106465) 2013-12-30 2:27
The tale you tell is not unique unfortunately, places like this are often destroyed by the people who thought them so beautiful in the first place. Global tourism at its worst. I like this composition, which perfectly suits the black and white treatment. The rippling lines in the damp sand create a wonderful long perspective with the lone tree making a fine focal point.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-30 5:31
Is there a true tourist spot in India, where one can really enjoy the feel of the place? They are all business centers and the so called tourists are happy with that. But don't get upset, the Himalayas is still there!
A nice artistic frame extracted from the lonely beach. Presenting this in BW is perfect to accentuate the lines created by the sand.
Khub bhalo hoechhe.
Nicou (151000) 2013-12-30 5:53
quelle iamge et compo sueprbe vue quelle traces sur ce sable et le cadrage à ras le sable et la vue en fond sueprbe captage et compo.
Bravo et amitié
Oceania (5202) 2013-12-30 7:14
Beach scene picture in black and white? It’s your choice. Thanks for showing us.
From those curved lines on the beach, I can tell this beach is not soft kind. Because a lot of beaches in Eastern US are just like that.
Fis2 (106322) 2013-12-30 7:29
Curious POV and composition.
Interesting effect of sand.
rychem (42584) 2013-12-30 9:11
Impressive wavy patterns on the sand, great POV, I like such a kind of minimalist photos.
Prosperous and healthy New Year 2014 to you and your family !
Cricri (125832) 2013-12-30 10:54
Belle prise des traces du sable donnant une profondeur infinie de la plage, beau contraste du N/B
Silvio1953 (152907) 2013-12-30 12:06
Ciao Subho, lovely composition with beautiful perspective, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mcmtanyel (28980) 2013-12-30 15:32
You're holding the strip chart sideways, Subho. I would guess arrhythmia, tachycardia, and some dehydration.
The photo itself is excellent, though. B&W suits it very well.
delpeoples (59774) 2013-12-31 19:06
Namaskar dear Subho
Happy New Year, I hope it brings you everything you wish for.
A very inventive title and an equally artistic photo. The striations in the sand make a beautiful graphism, made more so by the B&W conversion and I marvel at the untouched, deserted beach, my favourite type of beach.
All the best and thanks for sharing
Didi (60590) 2014-01-02 9:04
Interesting deep composition with a low position who gives a nice perspective
Best wishes for 2014
willperrett (11810) 2014-01-03 7:52
A sad but familiar story in your note. As ever, I stop by when I see monochrome being used, and in this case for a good reason as your note explains. Compositionally this works very well: what I guess is a wide-angle shot has emphasized the beach and its immensity and it takes up the "regulation" 2/3 of the frame! Nice one. Happy New Year.
m (0) 2014-01-03 9:16
I got your choice of black and white as soon as I started reading your note. Sad story but a beautiful photo. The furrows in the sand create a deep and lovely perspective.
A bit too sharp for my taste which shows on the grainy sky but certainly very attractive. I do hope the people there finally realize this beauty must be protected and preserved.