I take a little break and post my latest work These images have been shot during my weekend trip to Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. I took this shot inside the Bhul Bhullaiyya or the Labyrinth.
Bara Imambara is an imambara complex built by Asaf-ud-daulah, Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. It is also called the Asafi Imambara.
Bara means big, and the term Imambara refers to a shrine dedicated for Azadari purpose by the Shiite Muslims, who gather there to observe Muharram. Among all the buildings of Lucknow it is the grandest .
The complex also includes the large Asfi mosque, the bhulbhulayah (the labyrinth), and bowli, a step well with running water. Two imposing gateways lead to the main hall
The Bara Imambara was built in 1783, a year of a devastating famine, and one of Asad-ud-Daulah's objectives in embarking on this grandiose project was to provide employment for people in the region. According to reports, the famine continued for over a decade and the construction of the building continued for this time. It is said that ordinary people used to work in the day building up the edifice, while noblemen and other elite were called at night to break down all the structure raised, as they were incapable of doing anything else, according to a chronicle of the period. This see-saw efforts continued till the famine period was over. It was a project that preceded a Keynesian like intervention for employment generation.
The architecture of the complex reflects the maturation of ornamented Mughal design - it is one of the last major projects not incorporating any European elements or the use of iron. The main imambara consists of a large vaulted central chamber containing the tomb of Asaf-ud-Daula. At 50 by 16 meters and over 15 meters tall, it has no beams supporting the ceiling, and is one of the largest such arched constructions in the world. There are eight surrounding chambers built to different roof heights, permitting the space above these to be reconstructed as a three-dimensional labyrinth with passages interconnecting with each other through 489 identical doorways. This part of the building, known as is a popular attraction, and often the whole complex may be referred to as the bhulbhulayah. It is possibly the only existing maze in India and came about unintenionally to support the weight of the building, constructed on marshy land.
The design of the Imambara was obtained through a competitive process. The winner was an architect Kifayatullah, who also lies buried in the main hall of the Imambara. It is another unique aspect of the building where the sponsor and the architect lie buried besides each other.
There is also a blocked (tunnel)passageway which, according to legends, leads through a mile-long underground passage to a location near the Gomti river. Other passages are rumoured to lead to Faizabad (the former seat of power of the Nawabs), Allahabad and even to Delhi. They exist but have been sealed after a period of long disuse as well as fears over the disappearance of people who had purportedly gone missing, while exploring.
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Wanda1 (14982) 2008-04-28 22:11
Pattern and light are the important things here and you certainly know how to find them. Lovely soft colouring too and vertical format works well. Nicely done!
clnaef (6289) 2008-04-28 22:47
Belle enfilade et perpective très spectaculaire.
johannes68 (3469) 2008-04-28 22:53
this is an extremly beautiful photo, the warm colour, the play of light and shadow, the blur in the foreground - all parts of a great composition!
japiey (10163) 2008-04-28 23:01
The lights there give the dimension of the arches...
Beautifull golden tones..
All the best.
marjan (6279) 2008-04-29 0:07
Hi Jamal, I see you like this motive, i like it to. Excellent compositin and perspective with nice hot colour.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-04-29 0:27
Nice perspective as we get used to from you. You always shoot straight into them, as a variation you could try a side angle approach having the perspective on a diagonal for better images dynamics.
Have a nice day JY
robertosalguero (246) 2008-04-29 0:33
Is like looking inside a mirror. The reflections go on forever. Excellent composition with this interesting effect and warm colours. The vertical format allow us to see the arches i the background properly aligned to each other. Good depth and details. Thanks.
emka (80830) 2008-04-29 1:08
Super perspective ot these many arches. Good depth and details. Interesting colour. Regards
Jeppo (17645) 2008-04-29 3:56
excellent perspective, depth and light management.
shadow sequence seems to be endless
smartcat (835) 2008-04-29 5:51
Nice view of this gallery!
Amazing perspective and composition. TFS!
kschanna (6) 2008-04-29 5:54
Azdahay ki aant,
The never ending tunnel, brilliant shot, you certainly are very lucky to be living in such a magnificient country with centuries of rich history.
jusninasirun (17160) 2008-04-29 7:59
Hello AAdiil. Stunning image like leading to infinity, Excellent glow at the end of the arch. Best regards. Jusni
toto (0) 2008-04-29 8:00
belle photo de ce long couloir qui donne un exemple de ce qu' est une profondeur de champs.Superbes jeux d' ombres et de lumières qui donne une super luminosité a ce couloiur.
Bon POV, belle ambiance donnée a cette photo.
Merci du partage.
burGu (4840) 2008-04-29 10:29
You are really good at light control in such places, your gallery says so :)
Shadows of columns and lights between the columns through corridor is amazing.
This photo is an endless one, as you say.
Fis2 (86751) 2008-04-29 13:09
Your photo is interesting. Good frame and perspective. I like the light and colours. Good work.
yedirenk (11244) 2008-04-29 16:19
extraordinary perspective with Great light and shadows.superb warm colours and texture.very well done.TFS.
marietom (34607) 2008-04-30 1:53
jamais de fin, c'est ce que la photo laisse penser, en effet !
Superbes arches, et belles couleurs, comme toujours !
jasmis (57854) 2008-04-30 2:23
Incredible infinity. Superb, impressive shot.
azaf1 (15929) 2008-04-30 3:00
What can I say!
Just unique and well composed in your perfect way of composing
tedesse (25133) 2008-04-30 3:43
Beautiful composition,good light.
Excellent perspective,nice colours and good sharpness.
arturski (4465) 2008-04-30 4:20
Super long perspective with a very good golden colour.
UnTrained (0) 2008-04-30 9:42
just a reason to tell it again, you have a good eye for those architecture and light play. Very strong and good impression of the light through these arcades. I hope you will be back after your break.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
jurek1951 (42160) 2008-05-01 2:01
Wonderful photo with fine composition. The point of view is great, and the colours very intense and warm.
cobra112 (15589) 2008-05-01 5:00
Italian translation is " Senza fine". I hope you'll never end having shot like this.
bonee (776) 2008-05-01 5:35
I like the POW a lot.
It kinda looks like when you put a mirrow in front of a mirrow - you'll get a neverending tunel :)
trekks (14348) 2008-05-01 7:03
Very good observation for this graphic impression and such a superb symmetry to give the photo its attraction. The shadow lines work very well here. Nice earth color tone.
pboehringer (770) 2008-05-01 7:07
this one is even better compared to the one that I critiqued previously. Fantastic, perfect, flawless ... I don't even know what to critique!
Nicou (124157) 2008-05-01 8:28
superbe enchaînement, très belle perspective, avec toujours ces couleurs chaudes, ces ombre à chaque insertice, superbe.
Bravo et amitiés
Nolme (6829) 2008-05-01 12:09
tu sais jouer avec la lumière, chacune de tes photos donne une vision différente de la percevoir. Je n'y arrive pas aussi bien
noborders (1010) 2008-05-02 2:21
Hi Aadil, this is really amazing, it has almost a mirror effect... I'll try to take the time to read your note soon, but the composition is beautiful with warm colours : compliments !
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-05-02 6:29
Your fascination for the light and the corridors is amazing. You always find the perfect cropping
cepekdong (3676) 2008-05-02 6:39
wow, what an amazing picture, i really like this one very much ! the light and the fluctuation are great !
dumbo (4541) 2008-05-03 6:55
Really artistic photo! I like the many lines in this photo and these beautiful colors you have captured.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-05-03 7:14
Hello Aadiil! Another amazing work. Wonderful minimalism. Wonderful light and colors. Good POV. Perfect capture. Good luck!
danyy (0) 2008-05-03 8:10
j'aime beaucoup ta recherche de graphisme dans des éléments aussi simples que des voûtes en série ou encore des portiques.
Cette photo est très réussie sur ce plan là.
Excellent cadrage et choix du format vertical.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-05-03 23:26
Wonderful graphism and POV in this very beautiful picture, dear Aadiil !
Good symmetry and play of light
TFS and greetings
everlasting (14694) 2008-05-05 7:35
Having shot all of the corridors in delhi you are now turning your attention to UP :)
Again the light and recurring shapes have been clearly seen by your rovign eye. Nice work aadiil!!
COSTANTINO (56763) 2008-05-06 4:49
Hello my friend,
A very important photo with symbol the
eternity.Really where do you fined all these places?you are very lucky but you also know
to use your machine.
AnaFrantz (636) 2008-05-08 1:44
What an amaizing composition! The colours, the POv, the Idea!
sacavem (18614) 2008-05-16 4:09
Very nice, simple but effective composition.
Excellent light management and shadow. Well done!
Isa-M (4026) 2008-05-17 10:01
Hello Aadiil :)
you have amazing photos in your gallery...
Congratulation for talent...
Please see my POV of this photo...
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-05-23 12:37
very impressive picture indeed. I like the effect of never ending gallery. Composition and light are exceptional here. Shallow DOF works well. Frame is good too.
Thanks for sharing
aofl (1088) 2008-05-29 5:03
Very very nice this photo. Well balanced the colour and POV
Hellas (6831) 2008-06-26 23:24
Hello my friend,
I really like this composition. It is obvious that the perspective is great thanks to the PoV and the architecture! The colour is beautiful as well as the shades of the arches. Very interesting is the fact that the people having the main role in the architecture lie buried into the building.
Thank you very much for sharing this attractive job.
testmaniac (13508) 2008-06-27 0:38
Hi Aadil, great photo typical for your photo style!
Estelle (2766) 2008-07-05 5:49
That's a splendid pattern with strong DOF and lovely colours.
Your gallery of photos is beautiful and it was difficult to choose one photo!
LCannon (2796) 2008-07-08 13:50
I love this geometric puzzle, drawing the eye in. It reminds me of the neverending view when you hold a mirror up to another mirror. I like the golden glow and the fact that not all the scene is in focus, it makes it more dreamlike, well done.
danasam (1075) 2008-07-16 5:18
Hi Aadiil, of course it is India, the land of Human and god made wonders, probably it is the best place on earth for photography. i like your POV and the focal length, perfect timing. very well seen.
Vanessa132 (94) 2008-08-13 0:38
great dpth you created here...very nice!
beautiful light and a warm color..
chawax (19520) 2008-08-20 3:08
I had a look on your gallery and it looks like you love to play with colours, shapes and openings ! I find this one very well done, with a great graphical atmosphere. The repeated horizontal lines of the shadows contrast greatly with curved and vertical lines of this kind of tunnel.
horatiuTT (4570) 2008-08-20 3:16
amazing geometry and light,I think that is one of the best,
excellent work indeed.
foozi (7101) 2008-08-20 7:09
what a stunning shot. Real exciting perspectives and repeating patterns. Soft colours and excellent light play. Very dreamy and hynotising.
Angshu (56058) 2008-11-13 20:08
This is one place I would have to visit Aadiil...Lucknow! You do know how to effectively create art out of patterns & light. One more exquisite work!
tpstrek (2168) 2009-01-19 2:10
Superb compo from a well chosen pov. Beautiful symmetry, perfect lighthandling, sharpness and wonderful soft colours.
swiatopelk777 (0) 2009-05-06 6:09
Wonderful take. Good idea. Nice lightness, very nice shadows, superb color.
Greetings from Poland!
tamal_28 (67) 2009-09-11 4:25
- Copyright: Aadiil Jamal (aadilj) (18102)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Anna's favs, Sun and Stone, Monuments of India, Lucknow, Perspectives & Columns, Symmetry [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-28 22:09
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