Monks and tuktuks might have been a more appropriate title perhaps,
but I wanted to stick with the music reference and the location.
Up in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, closer to the clouds, in the eternal mists of the high country, the British colonialists built a little Britain, an escape from the tropics in a microclimate of cool and rain, a place to grow cauliflower and beans and fill with nostalgic icons of home.
Nuwara Eliya was founded by Samuel Baker in 1846. Nuwara Eliya's climate lent itself to becoming the prime sanctuary of the British civil servants and planters in Ceylon.
Nuwara Eliya, called Little England then, was also a hill country retreat where the British colonialists could immerse in their pastimes such as fox hunting, deer hunting,elephant hunting, polo, golf and cricket.
Many of the buildings retain features from the colonial period such as the Queen's Cottage, General's House, Grand Hotel, Hill Club and the Town Post Office. Many private homes still maintain their old English-style lawns and gardens.
An example of the typical architecture you can find in the WS.
Ersatz g.b. is the title of the latest album by The Fall.
In time for Christmas, probably won't be appreciated.
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Juzo (4231) 2011-12-14 4:51
I like the POV and they way you compose this with the tuk-tuks, there is a touch of Francis in this shot, shame he does not post here anymore but I see planty of his shots from India and Vietnam recently on FB.
Keep 'em coming..very nice work
p.s The Fall arre still going? My fave album of theirs is 'Bend Sinister' (now I need to use that as a title for a shot soon!)
gmg (4202) 2011-12-14 5:11
Beautiful composition and POV for a very interesting image
everlasting (15358) 2011-12-14 7:08
Benny I like your low POV here and good piece of street photography
pauloog (11751) 2011-12-14 8:46
Het geratel van de tuk tuks... Mooi laag genomen met veel atmosfeer in een grijze dag.
abmdsudi (57176) 2011-12-16 6:22
I like the idea, a great street scene especially with the inclusion of the tuk tuk and all the happenings in the background. The man in orange is not a distraction being part of the image and has to stay but my eye is continually drawn to the shy monk. I think this is the quirky kind of shot where "rules" like having the subject walk into the frame can go out the window - I think that his direction adds to the whole feel here, and there's a great balance between the human and machines. Isn't it strange how sometimes shots taken 'on the spur of the moment' produces such interesting and absorbing results. It's that 'thinking-outside-of-the-box' thing which i like. Very well done and great write up and the title of course. You must be pleased with the result.
sacavem (18620) 2011-12-16 14:16
Very grateful for his words, comment and congratulations on my 5th year in TE...
Good POV for this beautiful photo, special light and a fantastic daily live from Sri Lanka.
skippy007 (12510) 2011-12-28 3:30
Hello Benny, It sounds to me like you have just described Australia :) very similar history, even the house in WS in not uncommon here. Nice composition with all the tuk-tuks in line with the monk ideally placed in the frame,beautiful piece of street photography, colourful & interesting, well done.
faubry (35447) 2012-01-16 15:53
very good composition with these tuk tuk, good idea, i like natural monk at the left side;
- Copyright: Benny Verbercht (BennyV) (20213)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D40
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Sri Lanka 2011
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-14 0:40