A man selling betel from his tiny stall somewhere in Mumbai (Bombay). Although this photo was taken almost 34 years ago, I am sure this place or thousands like it will look exactly the same today.
Betel leaves are wrapped around spices, lime, chopped areca nuts and sometimes tobacco. They are chewed in large parts of Asia as a digestive and are also supposed to cure bad breath. They are also often suspected to lead to oral cancer and they definitely spoil the teeth.
For those who wanted something healthier carrot juice was available in the next store to the left.
This was scanned from an Ilford FP4 b&w negative.
Hopefully this is my last upload for a while. Icelandic ashcloud permitting I will go on holiday in a few days.
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stevesaba (8163) 2011-05-24 8:43
A great photo from the past, and as you say probably from the present as well. In Burma of course the Betel was chewed everywhere as well. But in Burma it is hard to spot this very "Indian Scene" with the man high up on his perch. I am pretty sure I would go for the carrot juice, but I must admit, I am sightly curious about the Betel. Another fine photo from your wonderful archives, warm regards,
annjackman (21899) 2011-05-24 10:18
I am sure that you are correct and that the scene is largely the same now. An interesting array of jars and even an old mirror with reflections. I would find the carrot juice rather more appealing! The scan of the b/w neg is very successsful.
Enjoy your holiday.
Best wishes, Ann
UlfE (14641) 2011-05-24 10:53
Fantastic photo again from your archives. I note with great interest all the details, the way the man sits on the edge of the desk and curious face of the young man. Excellent photo and scanning job. TFS and have a nice evening!
mesutilgim (95244) 2011-05-24 11:56
Very nice b&w capture with many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
Budapestman (82620) 2011-05-24 13:38
a superb daily life photo once more with graphic details, the composition is very nice, a suggestive work, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-05-24 13:46
A very nice black and white shot of this small store where the man makes paan out of these leaves. He has all the fillings. Paan is very popular among the Indians. Very well composed. I like the mood.
dkmurphys (58650) 2011-05-25 0:44
Another document image from the daily life. Picturesque scene, perfect bw choice.
Have a beautiful day.
rmajum (1205) 2011-05-25 1:52
Dear Mr. Gert,
Wonderful capture of a part of life in India. Betel leaf with masala and betel nut etc is a great fancy especially after a heavy lunch/dinner. It is also a custom in some places to offer betel (Paan)to guests as a courtesy.
The picture has a good depth and good POv.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-05-25 2:00
another superb portrait can be seen in this nicely composed daily life. The Paanwala (betel = Paan) is looking well with his action. Your exposer management is superb in this black and white presentation. Great work. Tfs.
scroller (3445) 2011-05-25 9:04
In this little food store everything is in order and the kettle is well polished. The man is focused so whats bothering his friend in behind? :) Great capture, indeed!
patdeph (35748) 2011-05-25 12:31
very interesting scene,and you are right,34 years after,it's always the same.There are so much elments to look at,this is beautiful,and I like the brightness brought by the white clothes of the man.
abmdsudi (54041) 2011-05-27 1:35
Nice daily capture of a betel nut/leave seller and two pairs of eyes with intense look, this is the most attractive part in this scene in my opinion. A lot of charm and real essence of this place well captured, I agreed with you that many like this remains unchanged till today and some times this condition make this place so special. The mirror reflection adds another dimension and interest, a plus point. Great street photo and excellent scan as always. Have a great holidays, Congrats
bukitgolfb301 (41806) 2011-05-27 17:23
Hi my dear Gert
Sorry for my late action.
Tatseful documenrt shot as usual. I never perciev 34 years distabce at all, still vivid and impressive.
Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good weekend and also great masterpice in your trip!
skippy007 (12510) 2011-05-29 2:57
Bon voyage Gert, hope your plane gets off the ground. I remember those ingredients from my trip to Malaysia, the ladies chewing it had red mouth & horrible black teeth, I tried some. Nice BW, I like this guy perched on the bench but I like even more the young man you captured behind him, looks like some one out of a Bollywood movie. Well done, interesting image & as always very well realised.
wolf38 (31296) 2011-05-29 10:38
Hi Gert. Also this Phopto fits perfectly in your series on India. The photo reminds me of pictures of HCB. Title, picture and text complement each other perfectly. Compliment. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Vasa (515) 2011-05-30 15:39
black and white serial is for my soul. I will tell that in Sweden, when my wife will be near by (she lived in Goteborg). And in our family we like Sweden. Friendly
nilotpal_patra (1688) 2011-06-01 21:21
Namaskar Gert Holmertz,
It is realy, realy a Wonderful Picture. When you snap it I was then only 3yrs old. Nice contrast and sharpness. Nice POV. TFS.
MLINES (12516) 2011-06-04 18:31
Hi Gert, An interesting street photography image. The faces are certainly strong. Well cropped for impact. I did a WS to emphasize the faces also. TFS. Murray
saxo042 (37880) 2011-06-05 11:50
Bra kontraster mellan det ljusa och det mörka i bilden. Fina porträtt av de två männen, man kan ana eb viss skepsis i deras ansiktsuttryck; "vad kommer denne fotograf att skriva om vår verksamhet på TrekEarth om 34 år?"
adores (45329) 2011-06-07 17:28
Another great old one! I wonder if the place looks much different now! The details, their poses, the b&w, it's just wonderful!
andre_clavel (892) 2011-06-09 3:31
Un très joli portrait en noir et blanc ...
J'aime beaucoup le regard du deuxième personnage.
jhm (152842) 2011-06-17 4:41
This is a long time ago, a lot members of TE are after these data born.
I don't know or I the betel and carrot juice would can drink.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture pleasant for look at.
Composition and presentation are very well. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
leo61 (0) 2011-06-19 5:11
A great OLDIE!and I´m sure you can find very simillar views these days too in Mumbai,as you wrote in your note.Good B&W quality.
eldancer1 (36343) 2011-06-20 9:03
Very nice documentation of the daily life of ordinary person especially that it is in B&W. Great pov and dof with nice contrast. Well done, tfs.
faubry (35447) 2011-06-26 14:31
wonderful BW, strong contrast, also i think now is the same scene!
have a good evening
kmangwani (338) 2011-08-06 4:21
Such places in Mumbai are averse to change and I am sure this one remains the way it is. You have captured the India that exists in every possible city and village. Great in B/W.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-04-21 0:05
excellent photo from the past.great details..and i love the whole set up.
ourania (45344) 2013-08-04 8:35
a great daily life capture, rendered timeless, intense and atmospheric by the rich b&w tones. I like very much the richness of the textures and how the place and the image are illuminated by the bright white parts. Even though everything seems to have paused for a moment, the scene has a sense of spontaneity and we can infer a lot about the betel seller's work. The young man's gaze from the background is captivating and adds a lot of power to the photo. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,