29 April 2010

Goats at Bundi, Rajasthan

Just hanging out
A street scene in Bundi. 

  [26 February 2007; Canon 20D, 24–105 mm f4 L at 85 mm, ISO 200, 1/80 at f8]

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Relatively Retiring said...

What a marvellous glimpse of life. The background is fascinating.
Is this another mother-and-child portrait? You seem to have a beautiful selection of them, human and otherwise. A chapter for the book?

pohanginapete said...

Thank you, RR. I think the background is crucial — I have another photo, almost identical but for the woman: it simply doesn't "work" as well.

Not sure how I could get a chapter from those photos, but the theme's an interesting thought. Thank you :^)

Lesley said...

What lovely soft colours you have in recent photos, Pete. In particular I keep going back to the decommissioned temple at Bundi. These old and weathered shades make me realise just how much we are surrounded in our own culture by what is over-bright and over-saturated.

I do like the way the woman's sari tones in with the patchy paintwork, and the brown of the goats with the wooden doors.

Barbara said...

You have such an eye, such a sensibility and, it goes without saying, the technical ability to make it all sing. This is another intimate, soft portrayal of a reality some might call 'harsh.' I think that acknowledges the dignity of these places. Beautiful. Thanks.

AJB said...

I like it!

pohanginapete said...

Thanks Lesley, and you've hit on a good point. A common perception of India is that the colours are bright and spectacular, and while that's often the case, it's also often true that the colours have a wonderful subtlety about them. Here we seem too often unable to find that quality — it's either over-saturated or beige ;^)

Thank you Barbara. "The dignity of these places" is a wonderful phrase, and gets it just right.

Thanks Andrew!