Please Comment on the India 2009 Portfolio
Yesterday I posted my newest portfolio with images from my 2009 trip to India. I’ve never been so unsure of my images as I am this time, so I’d like you — my readers — to please choose any image from the portfolio and comment on it. Or comment on the portfolio as a whole. (Comments in German are welcome too!)
I look forward to positive and negative reviews and anything in between. I’d like to find out which image you like best and why. But I also want to know what the others lack and why they are not your top pick. What emotion does an image invoke in you, if any? Do you like the main subject or the colors or the textures? What would you have done differently?
OK, let’s go. I think my preferred one is “Drying laundry”. The colors, composition and light are perfect. There are even these 2 men on the left without who the picture would have looked a bit empty. This is a very original image. Well done Bojidar!
Prayer in Ganges is my favorite picture. I like the smooth Water. Did you already tried the Banana Seller in Black and White? I think that would be a nice b/w picture.
Sleeping Dog is very funeral. The dog doesn’t look fit.
I liked the Prayer in the Ganges too; the smooth water contrasting (both in texture and colour) with the crisp silhouette was great. However, what really made the image work for me was the sharp yet heavily distorted shadow on the flowing water; this kind of creates both a physical reality of the present and a glimpse of the worlds beyond.
I am an Indian and something like this is not exotic to me, more like commonplace and I’ve seen loads of tourists taking similar shots. Your inclusion of the shadow is what made me pause!
like the posters before I like the ‘Prayer in the Ganges’ shot best.
It seems to me that you fell into the same trap that catches many visitors of India: the picturesque scenes. Yes, they are nice to look at, but India has so much more to offer. It’s a country that is extremely diverse and is living in the 14th and the 21st century simultaneously. I’m missing photos that show today’s India in portfolio.
thanks a lot for your comment, and you are right — I have kind of neglected the modern India. On my first trip to India I was open to all aspects of India, but slowly I did get sucked into the fairy-tale aspects of the country more and more. In fact it got so “bad” that I caught myself virtually running away from the big cities and into the small and “underdeveloped” villages.
That being said, I do like your images of the modern India a lot!