Photographer's Note

This is a road...a red road, untarred and dusty...part of the ‘highway’ from Poipet (Thailand-Cambodia border) to Siem Reap (Angkor), a journey which lasted 3 hours and cost us USD 60.00.

Picture taken from the front seat of a taxi..not very easy since the taxi was really dirty on the outside & so was the front glass (full of mud marks splattered all over the glass, complete with wiper marks). A lot of dirt & dust marks are still visible in the picture, even though I tried & removed a lot of them.

I liked the clouds...looks like stacks, above the unspoilt countryside.

In a WS, I decided to add some contrast, so that the road looks redder & the sky bluer..Definitely looks more visually appealing & maybe covers a few blemishes on account of the dirt on the glass.

So why have I posted this 'blemished' picture today? I was trying whether it's still possible to see the beauty of the setting through the blemishes.

And also I’m taking the road..that’s why! off for a few Bali with my wife.

And to state how I feel, I quote a loose translation of a wonderful Bengali (my mother tongue) song, which I have taken liberty to make some improvisations, but tried keeping the essence of it....rhyming is totally missing, but the words are intact. (Dear Bengali critiques – please excuse this adventure of mine with Ami Ek Jajabor)

I call it my wishful thinking!

I am a gypsy, a traveller
I’ve forgotten my own home, because Mother Earth has called on me
I’ve travelled from River Ganges, through the Mississippi & seen the beauty of Volga
From Ottowa through Austria and felt the dust of Paris on me
I’ve picked up colors from Ellora and took them to far away Chicago..
I’ve listened to the poems of Ghalib sitting on a minarette in Tashkent...
And read stories of Maxim Gorki, sitting next to the tomb of Mark Twain
Time and again the attraction for the road is so intense for me
that I have made Road my home
That's why I am a gypsy, a traveller

Take care & keep well, my friends

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7852 W: 324 N: 16061] (56760)
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