If only I could be like you...not know pain for just an hour or fear to see my reflection in even a puddle....
...not have children and women startle at seeing me...not have to sit apart...for no fault of mine....not to be dependent on pity for alms...
not to fear the dark.....to be warm and safe ... able to melt into a crowd...
if only i could be like you...just for a day.. if only!
Today is Shivratri...the birthday of Shiva...beggars and those crippled by leprosy flock to the Shiv Mandir in Simla to receive alms and be fed at the temple.
However the lepers have to sit away from the rest...outcast ...
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Luko (13978) 2005-03-08 12:02
Outstanding shot à la Sohrab, the anonymous blurry shadow is really meaningful. Also the gritty charcoal like process you've done on the darker parts is an appropriate addition.
Won't even talk about the composition, it's brilliant!
clodreno (0) 2005-03-08 12:04
Unbelievable image Vijay.. It's really a strong one.. I like the lost expression of this man, at the same time feeling very bad writing a critique .. I really feel like a "voyeur", but I know those situations exist. I am also glad you are doing it, being Indian. I would never dare .
I chose to show the good aspects of indian daylife.. and they are so many good things in India too.
However it will be in my favorite.
sohrab (7439) 2005-03-08 12:13
a very powerful photograph vijay
don't know what else to say
Peeotr (2228) 2005-03-08 12:16
Very strong, perfect moment... I think we need to know and remember... and do what we can...
Morita (203) 2005-03-08 12:18
Vijay, this is astonishing. The note, the theme, the composition, the image are powerful. I admire your courage to take this picture. Maiko
Saar (571) 2005-03-08 12:32
This makes you stand still for a moment, and start thinking. Or better; realising.
A very harsh, but very good shot.
lukie (0) 2005-03-08 12:50
sometimes some people take more care of their animals (pets) then their neighbour-people...
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-03-08 13:02
An image that will stay with me for a while. Have nothing to add.
alainh (35561) 2005-03-08 13:05
terrible and fantastic shot.
i can't say more.
Luan (12971) 2005-03-08 13:39
So hard to see...but such a real daily streetlife picture...you show us that photography is not the only beautiful thing to look at, what a lesson.
jcandeli (40) 2005-03-08 16:08
Very powerfull photo! He looks not from this world. It is very sad sight but important for people to see. You captured it very nicely. JP
eleparc (24063) 2005-03-08 17:38
This has a sohrab touch... i do love the compo and the overall shot, but i am not so keen on the oversaturated tones.. It still deserves my compliments though..
kaud (1840) 2005-03-09 0:07
very good documentary
expresses your feelings wholely
avis2avis (4264) 2005-03-09 0:59
Powerful lenswork. Effective B&W. Stunning capture.
Galeota (10338) 2005-03-09 2:57
Nothing strikes us more than raw reality. Any human being can understand instantly the message carried by his eyes. The category in which you chose to classify this photograph is appropriate.
everlasting (14105) 2005-03-09 11:32
A very striking photo, Vijay. I would not have dared to take a shot like this. The blurred man in the forefront makes the image stronger.
bboss (3578) 2005-03-09 12:39
so different from your other shots...its very moving, and of course sad.
Showing the dark side of India, its not seen enough here on TE or anywhere else. If it were then maybe we would do more about it..
it makes me feel a little uncomfortable, as to some degree we are all responsible for poverty (especially as I'm british). Well done for a striking and unusual shot, I hope it will have some effect.
olopez (4959) 2005-03-09 17:57
Impressive and strong capture. Perfect composition.
Isabelle (9046) 2005-03-09 23:18
i am speechless.
very strong image and notes.
danielswalsh (13593) 2005-03-13 22:36
One word Vijay........ "wow";
It is soooo sad that in this day and age, there are still parts of this world where medication and treatment are not available for those in need. As you mentioned, this is daily life for many in India, and it goes seemingly un noticed by most. As they go on with their outpourring of support for 911 or the tsunami crisis.
Very well captured Vijay...
I look forward to your future postings.
flydragon (0) 2005-03-17 16:20
a sad and very strong picture
i like this composition
Kicka (0) 2005-04-09 14:49
Strong photograph, very well composed. Nothing more to say that has not already been said....
Take care, Jessica