Subhash Sapru, APSA, PPSA  

Ganga Arti by Subhash Sapru, APSA, PPSA

September 2020 - Ganga Arti

About the Image(s)

The image was made way back in 2012 with Nikon D80 and lens 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 when the day was melting. The place is Haridwar, sacred to the Hindus as the holy river the Ganges pass through it and the devotees throng its banks to worship the river by performing ARTI. When the Arti began, I made a few shots as I was across the river.
The camera was hand held and no filter was used. To me its a record shot of a religious event that is performed daily evening. I have seen many foreigners at this place who make images of such events.

6 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Thank you for taking us to this ceremony. One of the purposes of our Digital Dialogues, for me, is to meet people and see places and things, as well as to discuss making photographs.
I see from your bio you live in Chandigarh. When I was a boy in the 1950s, my mother completed her B.A. One of her elective courses was Architecture History. I was fascinated by the book she brought home to study on the work of the architect Le Corbusier in Chandigarh. I thought they were the most stunning buildings I had ever seen, and also thought, "I will never go there." Yet in 1988-89, I worked in Taipei, and on the return to the U.S., I took my family on a tour of India. We saw the Chandigarh civic buildings, and ALSO the Rock Garden of Mr. Nek Chand, meeting Mr. Chand in person in his studio.   Posted: 09/15/2020 17:16:53
Subhash Sapru   Subhash Sapru
I really appreciate your interest in Chandigarh, the City Beautiful. I was born and brought up here. Many students of architecture come here from all over the world to see how the city has been designed. I had the privilege to study its Master Plan in one of my subjects, Town & Country Planning, during my post-graduation in Geography. Thanks for sharing your views.   Posted: 09/18/2020 03:02:01

Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
The fire, crowd of people surrounding the banks depict the ceremony nicely. Very good photo journalism.   Posted: 09/17/2020 19:31:24

Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
A very impactful image. I especially like the composition, the 'river' of humanity flowing down the bank of the river between pillars of fire. The red monochrome adds to the power of the image as well.

One suggestion would be to crop off the blue building lights at the top.   Posted: 09/19/2020 11:01:25

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
This beautiful image invites me to learn about the Arti ceremony. Isn't that what good journalism shots do.. .cause the curious to learn more about the subject. After seeing the previous discussion, I also want to research the city's architecture.   Posted: 09/23/2020 01:18:49

Howard Frank   Howard Frank
Good PJ shot. Interesting to see the river of humanity on the steps. Invites us in to view another culture.   Posted: 09/24/2020 09:43:22


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