"Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul." —Thomas Merton

People ShowcaseThe Fruit Buddha

Post Reply
User avatar
Graham Smith
Mentoris Grandis
Mentoris Grandis
Posts: 266
Joined: Mon May 01, 2017 3:13 pm
Location: Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, UK
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

The Fruit Buddha

Post by Graham Smith » Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:53 pm

He reminded me so much of a statue of Buddha surrounded by fruit.

Entally market, Kolkata.
IND_1561.jpg
Graham

User avatar
Psjunkie
Mentoris Primus
Mentoris Primus
Posts: 1691
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:20 am
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by Psjunkie » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:15 pm

Colorful image, well framed Graham.....

User avatar
Charles Haacker
Mentoris Primus
Mentoris Primus
Posts: 1841
Joined: Mon May 01, 2017 7:20 pm
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by Charles Haacker » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:31 pm

What an absolutely charming, wonderful picture! (Y)
Friends call me Chuck. :photo: This link takes you to my Flickr albums. Please click on any album to scroll through it.
(I prefer to present pictures in albums because I can put them in specific order.)

All the great photographers use cameras! No, really. :|

User avatar
LindaShorey
Mentoris Secundus
Mentoris Secundus
Posts: 1398
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:50 am
Location: Yakima, WA
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by LindaShorey » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:42 pm

Very enjoyable, and a clever title!
"What's important in a photograph and what isn't." http://photographylife.com/whats-import ... -what-isnt

User avatar
Matt Quinn
Mentoris Maximus
Mentoris Maximus
Posts: 2513
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:12 pm
Location: MD in winter: Cape Cod in summer
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:42 am

I used to be able to sit like that. But not no more no how. I am always curious what these merchants do with all that produce; haul it in and out each day? How much gets sold, thrown out, eaten by the merchant/famly/friends? There are identical stall cheek by jowl, all somehow surviving. A mystery. Superb composition, lighting and mood. Matt
Matt Quinn

"...approach the light as opposed to the subject." Stan Godwin

User avatar
Graham Smith
Mentoris Grandis
Mentoris Grandis
Posts: 266
Joined: Mon May 01, 2017 3:13 pm
Location: Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, UK
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by Graham Smith » Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:43 pm

Matt Quinn wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:42 am
I used to be able to sit like that. But not no more no how. I am always curious what these merchants do with all that produce; haul it in and out each day? How much gets sold, thrown out, eaten by the merchant/famly/friends? There are identical stall cheek by jowl, all somehow surviving. A mystery. Superb composition, lighting and mood. Matt
Kolkata has a population of 4.6 million, if you include the suburbs it rises to 15.3 million. That's a lot of mouths to feed.

Remember that almost all food consumed in India is fresh, there are virtually no frozen, chilled or ready to eat foods. Everything is bought in markets, supermarkets are almost non-existent. Buying food in a market on a daily basis is almost a ritual. The Indian people demand very fresh food. All meat is slaughtered and butchered close by where it is sold, often on the premises and is sold that day. It is common to see a few goats and cattle tied up in a side street waiting to be slaughtered. Chickens are delivered to the shops live.

Vegetables from the local growers, no food travels very far in India, are picked in the afternoon and transported to the huge wholesale markets in the city overnight. Produce is taken into the city by truck, motorcycle, bicycle or oxcart. The market traders will buy their stock from the wholesale market very early in the morning and use local carriers to move the stuff to their shop. These carriers commonly use pick-ups, trishaws, bicycles or their heads shoulders or backs to do the job.

The market sellers know just how much produce they can sell so at the end of the day there is little left. What is left is picked up by the poor or eaten by the goats and cattle that roam around. There is also an army of street cleaners that will pick up the waste.

When you wander around these markets what strikes you is the freshness of all of the produce, the housewife wont buy it if it is not in tip top condition.

Another thing to remember is that vegetables, together with grains and pulses form the main part of the diet of India... many Indians are vegetarian. There are rows and rows of vegetable sellers lining the streets all seeming to do a brisk trade.

We "westernised" countries could learn a lot from places like India regarding feeding people. India does of course have problems with drought and such like causing problems for the poor in rural areas... it's too complicated subject for this arena.
Graham

User avatar
Matt Quinn
Mentoris Maximus
Mentoris Maximus
Posts: 2513
Joined: Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:12 pm
Location: MD in winter: Cape Cod in summer
Social Media Opt-In: No
Editing option: No, please do not edit my images
Contact:

Post by Matt Quinn » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:52 pm

Thanks for the thoughtful reply, Graham. I worked in the Philippine Islands '61-64 and experienced similar things. The markets were not as crowded, of course, since the population in the 'bondocs" was somewhat sparse, but daily shopping for daily needs was the rule. And the variety of fruits and vegetables was not as broad. We subsisted mostly on fish; beef was tough as leather and as unappetizing. Lots of rice at every meal. My favorite food was balut, a developing duck embryo that was boiled and served from the shell. Westerners were urged to eat it as a good source of vitamin B. Matt
Matt Quinn

"...approach the light as opposed to the subject." Stan Godwin

User avatar
minniev
Mentoris Magister
Mentoris Magister
Posts: 3675
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:55 am
Location: Mississippi
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by minniev » Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:22 pm

A good one Graham! the title is perfect and like good titles should, it enhances an already good image. The fruit looks so rich, I can smell it! Great color, detail and most of all, great composition.
"God gave me photography so that I could pray with my eyes" - Dewitt Jones

User avatar
St3v3M
Key Founding Member
Key Founding Member
Posts: 4296
Joined: Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:02 am
Location: 35,000 feet
Social Media Opt-In: Yes
Editing option: Yes, feel free to edit my image
Contact:

Post by St3v3M » Sun Mar 18, 2018 6:35 pm

I can't help but want some of the grapes to his left, they are so long and look so yummy! S-
"Take photographs, leave footprints, steal hearts"

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest