INDIA IS PRIMARILY AN AGRARIAN COUNTRY
Bokaro District, Jharkand.....
on a hot summer evening, 2 brothers toil hard on their small piece of land which is suitable only for subsistence farming...
the soil in this area is almost completely ruined and is degrading at a very fast rate because of the 'famous' public sector Bokaro steel plant...
today people struggle to grow crops here...
tomorrow nothing will grow at all...
because of which there is an urgent need to provide for alternative employment opportunities...
there is also a shortage of water and there are very few wells in this area... from 4 am to 12 am there is a line of women as long as 2 kms waiting to fill up water ..
Bokaro is only 1 example.. the situation is very similar in lots of other rural districts as well.. where both public and private plants/factories etc are degrading the quality of agricultural land and water
another version here
right to food-india
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Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-07-03 10:30
I like the shot here, it is sad to see the condition of this poor guys legs in the front, very good note though
don_narayan (2014) 2005-07-03 10:35
incredible shot. the PoV here is just great... very creative.
PLB (233) 2005-07-03 10:40
A good thought provoking photo, well compossed and a very good note. Well done and thanks.
bnallama (3763) 2005-07-03 10:41
Incredible shot.. lovely PoV and DoF. I understand your comment on my farmer photo. Bala
geist_21 (664) 2005-07-03 10:50
Amazing shot, very expressive in what it represents. Very well composed and great choice for B&W. A very powerful photo, where it worths more than words, which in this case become useless
Luko (14000) 2005-07-03 10:52
Excellent idea Sohrab, something like a sequel of Salgado's "workers".
I like it very much, however I think it fails a little bit on the execution becusue of the focus which falls in between the foreground feet and the background worker. I think the DoF is good but you had to choose something more significant on which to focus, not just a piece of ground, it's a bit like you wanted us to be distracted from your subject... His feet say more of te land condition than the soil itself.. they're really scary : do you know which kind of disease has he caught? chemical consequences?
MiKa2000 (2432) 2005-07-03 11:08
Nice shot and very original compo . Bravo!
dom_inik_m (1717) 2005-07-03 11:12
Well, you've said it all!
And I fully agree about Luko's comment on the focus on the clump of earth...
Darren (6823) 2005-07-03 11:47
I think Luko has pretty much hit the nail on the head. This is a very impactful shot and very well done, but I wish you had either focused on the feet or the axe. Still a really effective piece overall.
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-07-03 11:57
Ohh brother, what conditions!!! this image speaks volumes (or a thousand words if you will), need I say more? Note is important, but this is one of the pictures that would tell me all I needed to know even there was no note.
POV makes this image special, the condition of his feet looks terrible, love the focus, background and axe OOF, only feet in focus, this is great.
EDIT, after reading comments from others and looking at the image again, I see that the focus is a bit off, nevertheless it's a fantastic image.
WS version imo isn't as good.
CliffW (2377) 2005-07-03 12:04
Awesome, different, even a little unsettling photo, but intriguing. I personally love that the real focal point is the earth between them. Man is transitory, it's the earth that remains when it's done caring for us (even if we do not care for it in return). Ok, so at least that's what came to my mind when I saw this, but the photo does allow us to interpret.
naxius (16685) 2005-07-03 12:14
Indeed a great compo..
I like the DOF set on the ground and the background blurred but still with excellent information to understand the context.
The formatt of this photograph is really good.
jcandeli (40) 2005-07-03 13:10
I don't think the word "genius" is strong enough for this photo. :) I love it. Great low POV and composition. Great use of DOF. The compositition is perfect. I might prefer if the axe was in focus too but this is great either way! Very nice. JP
joso (2417) 2005-07-03 13:50
Let me just say: EXCELLENT,
before I'll spent an hour with the dictionary to find the right words...
And let me add: your target, according to the title, was the earth. So I prefer it how it is, with blured for and background. Both necesary to see/understand the corelations, the act/react effect, but the earth between them, is the main "actor" here - IMO.
B/W is perfect for it,
a great piece of universal photography.
Dosens of smileys
PJE (20758) 2005-07-03 15:24
What a powerful message in this photo. the capture is fantastic..esp with the older mans feet to the right. Thanks for posting this photo. It is a reminder to folks in other lands to be thankful for having plenty.
nerve (10231) 2005-07-03 15:47
i prefer the format in WS but not the cow! lol
So this is a more clear image imho.
Wonderful picture Sohrab, looks like you are creeping a lot lately, lol, you had another one like this which was very good too.. You just reminded me a photographer friend of mine (who is very well known in Turkey) that he was always creeping as well just for the sake of a great POV! ;)
Well my country is the same anyway.. she is an agrarian country for centuries..but we dont have too much shortage of water thankfully..
i admire this picture, very beautiful, i love the background especially..
take care. :)
alimo3 (6854) 2005-07-03 16:56
who said that photographer is a clean job :-)
you surprised me once again with this composition and angle.
a bit far from your style but really good ,it seems that you’re going through a very creative period.
i like very much.
sengir (4956) 2005-07-03 19:02
I really like this shot, it's the second one "feet-in-FG" shot I have seen in TE that amazes me (another one is here: http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/Canada/photo194681.htm)
The ground here looks really dry and barren..
bboss (3578) 2005-07-03 21:04
A powerful and moving shot. Fantastic composition, and I like the pano crop, it makes it even more unusual. The guy with his bullocks are perfect.
I wonder what he is doing with his axe? firewood?
SoupDragon (652) 2005-07-03 23:14
Wow. Amazing control of DOF for effect. It has your hallmark all over it too. I prefer original to the later version uploaded to workshop. The latter has a "Lowry" feel to the worker which didn't feel right to me (can't explain why - sorry). The condition of the legs is just awful. A reminder of how lucky I am.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2005-07-04 1:20
Another masterly shot, with a really low viewpoint with the graphic feet, and the full view of the ploughing man with his bullocks...excellent use of the half-height frame. Top class composition.
sandip (3492) 2005-07-04 1:44
Hi Sohrab, this is really excellent.. while i see the choice of POV u made here.. accroding to the note this photograph is really worth having both the legs ( one in OOF) and the axe in the fg and the cow and the man in the bg ( both are OOF ) and keeping the soil in between..it really narrates the story..
but i wonder wheather u really thought of the story before u shoot them or u made it after u got them ?
alainh (33201) 2005-07-04 2:54
All is said ! for me a great shot.
have a good day
BAKO (1689) 2005-07-04 16:47
Ohh my god
sohrab you are killin me
this one superb
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-07-04 18:13
Hi Sohrab, I'm so glad you're back to posting and commenting again, you were surely missed by me.
This is such a strong one, one can almost feel that the earth is so dry and barren. I like you PoV, it's so strong this way. It is sad, your note, but all too ture, I guess, I weas reminded of Bophal, where the situation is so bad too. And all for the money.
Thanks for all your beauties and your sharing with us.
greg (2835) 2005-07-05 8:27
This is excellent - my favourite image in months. Great composition. I like how the arm and horns just disappear into the white. I thought the same as others about the focus on the feet, but actually, as you have it, you make the dry earth and dead grass a third subject instead of background.
wkm76 (15) 2005-07-06 4:11
This shot has shown all about the hard life in India.. It's really well captured! The condition of the legs makes me feel sorry.. The working cow and people in the background add to the mood. Well done!
mlopes (494) 2005-07-06 21:05
ahhh Luko though exactly the same thing... not a copy-cat but indeed it reminded me salgados photos for a while.
But the comparisson is not a compliment, you have your own style, a strong direct and cold style.
Nick674 (58) 2005-07-06 21:13
There is true emotion portrayed in this photo. One really gets a sense of agonizing physical labor. This photo was excellently composed with a creative and effective pov. Props.
shekhar_27 (9) 2005-07-08 19:04
Very powerful message in the picture. Perfectly brings out the harsh facts. Speaks more than words can speak.
I'm new to TE, but have checked out quite a lot of your pics. u turning out to be my fav.
nygus (8178) 2005-07-09 2:52
very well done, your use of DOF is good playing with advantages of film. frame to my liking, you know that. missed your photos
clodreno (0) 2005-07-11 16:20
i don't know what else I could say...
you are very talented...
azadys (717) 2005-07-12 12:19
it's really nice shot.
i like it.
arnabchat (7233) 2005-07-13 1:08
this is a superb post. a very unique in character and rich in content. a very good copo indeed. nice to see you back and regular now. missed your posts a lot. Arnab
AmiBe (6042) 2005-07-22 15:59
I think I can't say something more ...
This is a GREAT picture from a very talented man.
The compo is fabulous, I'm admirative.
A very strong picture.
fiedziu (1764) 2005-07-26 7:54
great, this picture is great
NorthAngel (270) 2005-08-17 17:01
Hi Sohrab! What a strong photo again here! Very hard to see the powerty because we have chance not to know it. You are very talentuous! Congratulations!!
MON (135) 2005-08-17 20:41
The subject and the note describe perfectly the picture. I like a lot the different point of view and the medium in black & white is correct in this photo. Well done!.
maciekda (19895) 2005-08-18 11:04
it is a fantastic image Sohrab, telling a story without words. and those legs... the compo is really good, panoramic format works very well. your B&W is as usually great. one small thing is the focus - it is on the soil, in the middle of the scene, i think you missed the focus here, focusing on legs would be better probably. anyway, it is a great photo
hexagon (284) 2005-08-18 11:23
very nice black and white picture, maybe it would have been better if you wouldn't have cropped out the toe on his left foot
hantulaut (3441) 2005-09-03 14:51
i like the idea of framing, but the depth of field seem to thick and makes me dissapointed with the result. in my opinion, i prefered to let the axe and the foot on same sharpness value.
apache (1426) 2005-09-04 12:27
A very good way to depict the hardship faced by the farmers of India. Your rightly pointed out the state of affairs that put makes the "jai jawan Jai kisan" slogan a farce.
technically, I love your POV on this. This is professional stuff...! The way you framed the brother from the ground level with the legs in focus is innovative.
One of my favourite shots
coco (30439) 2005-09-12 15:26
Fantastic. Sohrab, is fantastic.
This is that kind of photos where we have superb technic but... but behind the picture there are something more.
The meaning of the photo. That's what I try say. The way as the photo is saying something to us great. And that's what makes this one a fantastic photo.
Thanks for share.
edelweiss (55) 2005-10-10 16:57
Le "thème" prend au tripes... Bravo.
Pour moi qui m'essaie à la photo Noir et Blanc, je ne rêve que d'arriver à une telle maîtrise.
rich (1199) 2005-10-15 15:49
Of your recent pics (which are all excellent) this is the one I like best. Captures all sorts of ideas about 'sons of the soil' and the deep connection that a farmer has for his land. A worms-eye view? Excellent
prantik (1136) 2006-05-23 11:33
Great shot. Reminds me of Ray's Sadgati.
rafid76 (0) 2006-08-10 20:09
this is one of the most powerful pictuers i have seen on this website. the human state is totaly represented excusivly.
thank you for sharing.
ksvijayb (385) 2006-08-25 1:51
Such a powerful shot.
The dust and dirt on the farmer's legs show how much he needs to toil.
The dry and parched soil tells the whole story.
Javid (1262) 2007-01-17 13:34
this is one of the best pictures I've ever seen.
you do the best.
the picture tell us all the story.
thanks for sharing.
Jason_teale (717) 2007-02-14 22:08
I think that this shot sends a very powerful message! Thank you so much for sharing. The crop and the DOF are amazing. The grain adds to the feeling of this shot. Great work!
JugnuToor (159) 2010-01-31 8:47
Although its the ground that is in focus, Its the legs of the man that hold the eye. Nice composite.
nagual2 (1458) 2010-02-17 4:57
that is a great shot.,there are too many of us.....
- Copyright: sohrab hura (sohrab) (7439)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-06-00
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon F-80, Kodak TRI-X 400
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): rozgar adhikar yatra [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-03 10:27
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