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Arun Gaur
02-15-2010, 11:13 AM
One of the 16 images in my series on “Kids Playing in the Ghaggar River Bed” (India)
posted on 15th February, 2010.
Thanks for viewing.
Best wishes.

Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)

http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com/images-1/images/River%20Ghaggar%20Kids%204_jpg.jpg

mbrager
02-15-2010, 09:25 PM
Hi Arun: You have done a lot of work to compile your photographs in your calendar. It's very interesting to read your comments and stories along with the pictures. I often found myself wishing you would show more people and faces, costumes and environment. The picture above, for example, shows the shoes and the toys, but not the faces. Is there a reason for that? Perhaps you could step farther back and take a wider angle shot?
Thanks for sharing. And I hope you'll keep on sharing here.
Mike

casil403
02-15-2010, 09:50 PM
It's nice to know kids play with toys in all countries...boys and their toys.
In answer to Mike's question...and I'm not sure if it applies in this case so please feel free to correct me if I am wrong here.
In some cultures, they firmly believe taking a photo of someone is akin to stealing a part of their soul. I had a friend who was in North Africa a while back and he always took photos of people from the camera at his chest without them being aware as it is very offensive to actually take their image.
Here's an article on the subject:
Problem Occured (http://www.weddingphotographydirectory.com/wedding-photo/for-wedding-photographers/bleeding-edge-column/art-of-stealing-souls.aspx)

Mad Aussie
02-16-2010, 04:06 AM
The kids have their trucks on sticks with strings ... cool :)

Richard
02-16-2010, 09:36 AM
I like the focus on the feet and toys, it's a difficult one to call with out seeing a comparison shot.

Marko
02-16-2010, 10:34 AM
As far as i know, photography is commonplace in India.

I think arun just tried to show something a bit different.

Michaelaw
02-18-2010, 10:52 PM
I like this one, lots to see. I'm left wondering why they aren't barefoot instead, the shoes they are wearing are not suited the the terrain and are to large for their feet. I like that I can't see their faces here, just the legs and feet in over sized shoes, the gods of this imaginary landscape where water is hauled time and again but not a drop makes it more than three feet:)

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 03:31 AM
Hi Arun: You have done a lot of work to compile your photographs in your calendar. It's very interesting to read your comments and stories along with the pictures. I often found myself wishing you would show more people and faces, costumes and environment. The picture above, for example, shows the shoes and the toys, but not the faces. Is there a reason for that? Perhaps you could step farther back and take a wider angle shot?
Thanks for sharing. And I hope you'll keep on sharing here.
Mike

Mike
While I thank you very much for appreciating my pictures and words, it is difficult to answer your questions.
Perhaps I work normally in series, therefore I many a time show truncated configurations.

The second reason may be that I take photographs without much deliberation. For instance, on reviewing my picture after your comments, I find that I have taken the face but as a shadow. Perhaps, that is how I work. Really, I don't know.

Arun Gaur
http://http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 03:37 AM
It's nice to know kids play with toys in all countries...boys and their toys.
In answer to Mike's question...and I'm not sure if it applies in this case so please feel free to correct me if I am wrong here.
In some cultures, they firmly believe taking a photo of someone is akin to stealing a part of their soul. I had a friend who was in North Africa a while back and he always took photos of people from the camera at his chest without them being aware as it is very offensive to actually take their image.
Here's an article on the subject:
Problem Occured (http://www.weddingphotographydirectory.com/wedding-photo/for-wedding-photographers/bleeding-edge-column/art-of-stealing-souls.aspx)

I have gone through that wonderful article you have provided a link to. Though that is not the case with me, yet that article ranging different cultures needs to be read again and again.
Thanks for that

Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 03:56 AM
The kids have their trucks on sticks with strings ... cool :)

Yes interesting to note the trucks dragged by strings tied to river reed pieces.
Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 03:57 AM
I like the focus on the feet and toys, it's a difficult one to call with out seeing a comparison shot.

I also share your point of view Richard.

Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 04:00 AM
As far as i know, photography is commonplace in India.

I think arun just tried to show something a bit different.

You are right Marko.
India is a vast photo-market, though primarily it is of Point and Shoot type.
Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 04:03 AM
I like this one, lots to see. I'm left wondering why they aren't barefoot instead, the shoes they are wearing are not suited the the terrain and are to large for their feet. I like that I can't see their faces here, just the legs and feet in over sized shoes, the gods of this imaginary landscape where water is hauled time and again but not a drop makes it more than three feet:)

Your little passage contains so many thoughts and riddles. I have no answer to that. I can only be curious.
Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)

Arun Gaur
02-19-2010, 04:20 AM
I post some more in the series to give a better context:

Arun Gaur
Tripoila-Exploring India-Arun Gaur's Indian Landscape Images (http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com)


http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com/images-1/images/River%20Ghaggar%20Kids%201_jpg.jpg


http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com/images-1/images/River%20Ghaggar%20Kids%202%20_jpg.jpg


http://tripolia-indianlandscapeimages.com/images-1/images/River%20Ghaggar%20Kids%209_jpg.jpg

casil403
02-19-2010, 08:45 AM
The last muddy feet image is very well done! :)

mbrager
02-19-2010, 10:44 PM
Arun:
Thank you for responding. All your answers are helpful to understand you and your photography. I'm looking forward to the next installment on your calendar.
Mike