Photographer's Note

Bhuj - a 500 year old bustling city in the Western Indian state of Gujarat, is the most important city in Kachchh (Kutch). In the morning of 26th January, 2001 - India’s Republic Day, a ‘With Moment Magnitude’ (Mw) 7.6 earthquake shook Gujarat. The epicenter of the quake was located at 23.6 North Latitude and 69.8 East Longitude, about 20 km Northeast of Bhuj. At a depth of only 23 kms below surface this quake generated intense shaking which was felt in 70% region of India and far beyond. The towns of Bhuj, Anjar, Bachau and Rapar suffered near total destruction. This was one of the most deadly earthquakes in India's recorded history, with a death toll of nearly 20,000 & 166,000 injured. 600,000 people were left homeless, with 348,000 houses destroyed and an additional 844,000 damaged.

Bhuj bounced back emphatically from the rubble. The entire town has since been rebuilt, life has returned although many buildings still show scars of the terrible catastrophe.

December of 2010 - I stood in the fifth floor terrace of Gangaram Guest House, shivering. It was not the early morning chill, but the mere thought that I was actually standing in the very place where two of the most revered photographers in TE (& certainly my favourites) had once stood….. Scalerman (Caleb) and Mistral (Luca). I was attempting to create a picture of the remains of Bhuj Palace in the early winter morning light, similar to what Caleb had done 3 years back and Luca, a year later

Here’s my humble submission, a tribute to Caleb & Luca…alas, neither of them are now active in TE.

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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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