I remain in northeastern India in 2009. This is nothing artistic, nothing composed, nobody posing, in fact just a crowd of people looking like they're trying hard to ignore my camera. Only the man in the striped blue shirt, just left of the centre, seems to be watching me, having nothing better to do while waiting for a train to pass.
I took this picture in the centre of Guwahati city, Assam state. Like other pedestrians I could just ignore the barrier that stopped the cars and motorbikes, then just turned around to take this picture of the patiently waiting crowd.
Looking at this now I think this photo would not have been possible a few decades ago. Then everybody would have been staring at the foreigner with the camera. India is changing.
If you want to see more people waiting for a train in Guwahati, take a look at the workshop.
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emka (75143) 2012-12-12 11:05
Hi Gert, haha, they are patiently waiting. In Bikaner they went (even with motorbikes) under the barrier. We saw the coming train but it stopped a hundred meter away. We were amazed. As for india, not too much people here. And where are donkeys, cows, and camels?? I was also in 2009 in I ndia, but later. Sometimes I miss this colourful crowd and chaos.
Warm regrads MAlgo
saxo042 (37062) 2012-12-12 12:18
Som du säger så är det väl inte mycket till genomtänkt komposition i den här bilden men den visar ju mycket tydligt hur livet kan te sig någon annanstans, långt borta från den här här delen av världen. Det är väl egentligen inte så mycket som skiljer de olika världsdelarna åt. Detta är "Guwahati i verkligheten"! Du kunde ju gjort ett reportage här och frågat folk om dom kommit hit för att se tåget passera och om detta var deras första bomfällning. Det kunde ju ha blivit både spännande och skojigt.
ourania (28400) 2012-12-12 13:18
I love this kind of shots and scenes where the spontatneous and natural postures, glances and moods of a number of people are captured in a tight frame. In your photo there's great interest and a lot to find all over the frame regarding the people and their daily life. I like very much the composition with a few people in the foreground and a superb perspective that opens up to include so many more people and information. I've found at least three others watching you including the biker on the left. Lighting, clarity and colour management are marvellous. The workshop picture is a fine composition with another interesting and detailed description of daily life in this place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
bukitgolfb301 (34932) 2012-12-12 16:06
Hi dear Gert
Oh another great Indian image! This illustrates chaos and energy / power of Indian daily life. Their faces are so powerful and rich of vigor. You captured their expressions very well. Very sharp and clear image as usual. Thank you for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
TopGeo (38192) 2012-12-13 0:53
Hi Gert! It is not easy to capture the so peoples . In this case , you've got a dark BG gave interest . But the POV is good and the atmosphere is pleasant Very good framing ,too .Best FG to have the persons front receiving the beautiful sunlight direct to create a wonderful displayed of light and shadows over it! and the colour contrast is superb, Waiting for the train
a very pleasing and quality image to enjoy also with the useful notes about it!
take care and my best regards
Nicou (118192) 2012-12-13 1:57
superbe image et scčne devant la barričre du train qui va passer ce jaune avec toutes ces motos et personnages qui attendent super.
Bravo et amitié
fabbs99 (16147) 2012-12-13 2:44
Long wait at the level crossing a common sight in India.Nice daily life image. The clarity and sharpness is very good. Nice composition with good light. Well done.tfs.
dkmurphys (47690) 2012-12-13 3:52
Looks like a starting line of a race. Attractive street scene, very well taken.
anel (563) 2012-12-13 4:39
The kind of shots I like, noboday poses, it's real life!
And a well-known situation of many people. Love the way the elder lady sits on the back of the motorcycle, something which wouldn't be allowed here :-)
mesutilgim (81424) 2012-12-13 5:29
Hello dear Gert,
Nice capture with perfect timing !
I see in their face the patience, and when the barrier is been opened than "start" for the great race !
TFS and have a nice day
Best regards from sunny but chilling cold İstanbul.
Sergiom (56635) 2012-12-13 5:56
C'est comme un départ pour une course. Le point de vue est superbe et nous donne l'impression d'impatience et d'attente de tous ces gens.
abmdsudi (41284) 2012-12-13 7:52
You have got a nice depth of field with all the colours and way of life here, interesting that none seems to be conscious towards the camera xcept one. Lots of details to be seen with good colours, great clarity, depth and sharpness also a wonderful possibility of looking at different expressions in human faces. The perspective is really good pulling me deep into the street, a true slice of real Indian street life well captured with accurate focus, a brief moment when everything stops! Well done, TFS
maglex (1980) 2012-12-13 8:50
the rugged road crossing the railway...and the attires and of course the bar...interesting...
pajaran (49690) 2012-12-13 9:37
Lep pogled na ljude koji cekaju, ispred rampe ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lepo pokazan trenutak.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Nice view of people waiting in front of the gate ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good lyrics and compositions, shown nice moment.
Good evening and all the best.
macjake (54124) 2012-12-13 10:23
I have a question....if the arm is down waiting for the train...ummmm....does that mean you're ON the train tracks here! :) get out of the way Gert!!
funny how you mention that only 1 person is watching you, its funny to see how they all want to look away.
an everyday scene made humorous. i like it
Nard (6970) 2012-12-13 12:20
A picture showing the life in India as I like. People waiting without stress, lady wearing sari on a bike, colors... that's India.
scroller (3407) 2012-12-13 15:02
Det är fascinerande att nästan ingen tittar in i kameran. Hur långt bort stod du använde du ett teleobjektiv det verkar inte så...
Hur som helst tack för fortsatt undervisning om de många länder du besökt!
emilbo (22262) 2012-12-13 15:33
Une photo intéressante de ce coin bien achalandé avec toutes ces motocyclettes et les automobiles qui attendent que le train soit passé. Excellente qualité d'image et belle harmonie de couleurs. Bien fait pour une photo prise ā la volée.
Félicitations!... et toutes mes amitiés,
wolf38 (31088) 2012-12-14 12:26
Hello Gert. The art of waiting. Waiting brings all actions to a halt. In this phase, you can watch the people at best. All have the same facial expression. You've captured this scene expertly with your camera. Informative text, as always.
bayno (18342) 2012-12-14 12:31
i like so much this your series about india...this one is also very tipycal scene...so nice colors and light, very good quality also and with your WS you give perfectly the idea of thr train situation in india...nice job...
UlfE (14641) 2012-12-14 12:37
En väldigt fin vardagsbild. Jag tror nog att ingen av de som står där på andra sidan förstår vad du fotograferar. Men för oss som lever långt borta ser vi både likheter och skillnader. De uttråkade minerna över att behöva vänta tills tåget har passerat är nog rätt lika världen över, men hur folk ser ut är klädda, fordon, vägbeläggning byggnader och annat skiljer sig. Jag tror också att om en 20-30 år kommer bilden att vara ett otroligt intressant tidsdokument även för invånarna i Guwahati city.Det är just sådana här vardagsbilder som man borde ta mycket mer. Tack för titten och ha en trevlig helg!
adores (35106) 2012-12-14 17:21
A really common scene in India! I like it, specially the woman sitting on the motorbike. I always wonder how they can sit there that way and travel along those roads without falling :)!
I guess the India you mention still exists in many places there. I've seen places that match your description, but mostly places with practically no tourists and less developed.
vasilpro (40881) 2012-12-15 13:34
Wonderful daily life composition, excellent POV, I like the atmosphere of the moment and the glances of the people waiting the train to pass by, TFS!
Greetings from Greece, Vasilis.
batalay (35067) 2012-12-15 14:53
I am happy to see most of the cyclist wearing helmets. But I guess, like most traffic laws in India, it is just a suggestion, not a requirement! Actually, what I found disconcerting was that the man driving the motorcycle frequently wore a helmet, his passengers wife, children, babies... were totally unprotected in accidents.
Regards, and have a good Sunday,
Graal (96014) 2012-12-15 23:57
amazing scene, good shot and captured while. Fine stopped motion on the street. Also interesting WS. Good reportage. Photos are well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
kasianowak (5496) 2012-12-16 1:00
Quintessential daily life shot from NE India!
Great, natural poses. Busy people stopped by the barrier and the camera.
mkamionka (29774) 2012-12-17 2:53
very nice street scene. I like how close you got to the people and yet they are completely unaware of your presence may be with some exceptions. Nice colorful crowd -very photogenic, well spotted!
eldancer1 (26110) 2012-12-17 9:32
Those people look so serious or are they mad because they have to wait for a long time. Nice captured of this crowd with good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
serp2000 (38864) 2012-12-20 6:19
This is your some fresh photo, but this situation looks like a scene from 1970th. But this is India and we go there to see this life. I like your regester, fine details. (we have got the white-red stripes on arailroad barrier).
npecanhuk (62564) 2012-12-26 19:14
A daily life photograph full of lively colors and other eye-catching details!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format and composition truly pleased me here too!
TFS - congrats,
Angshu (55035) 2012-12-26 20:46
Seeing the date of the picture, I recall I was shifting base from Delhi to Mumbai at that very time!
This is also a fairly common scene at the railway level crossing. Interesting to see a Suzuki Red car with the strong red colour creating a strong focal point!
Have a great New Year!
fanni (14377) 2012-12-30 11:22
yes, times change... now tourists with cameras don't look exotic.
It amuses me that these people are doing their best to ignore the photographer... I wonder why? I'm sure some people love to pose for photos! Now, this fact gives us some food for thought :)
I love this picture. You always capture the most essential moment, and it's also very well composed (even if it was a spontaneous shot) - so we can see all the details.
varma hälsningar från Sätra :)
och Gott Nytt År!!
I hope you're feeling better, and the cold is going away!
kato (11630) 2013-01-06 6:32
You're capturing well this daily life by good angle and excellent tone, so it's impressive to see many peole and cars which are waiting in front of the railway crossing. It shows a confused everyday life although it is not said that it is beautiful. The spectacle with many motorbikes is visible to one common feature to the country of Asia.
claudeD (31261) 2013-01-07 0:00
very fine daily life picture from India with a good composition and fine colors.Very good sharpness.
I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg