Prakhar Krishan, PPSA, AFIP, EFIP  

ARCH B OR W by Prakhar Krishan, PPSA, AFIP, EFIP

August 2019 - ARCH B OR W

About the Image(s)

It is a frame from one of the galleries in the Bara Imambara in my home town lucknow. An old mughal architecture of historical importance. Bara Imambara, also known as Asfi Mosque is an imambara complex in Lucknow, India built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh in 1784. Bara means big.
Construction of Bara Imambara was started in 1784, a year of a devastating famine, and one of Asaf-ud-Daula's objectives in embarking on this grandiose project was to provide employment for people in the region for almost a decade while the famine lasted. It is said that ordinary people used to work in the day building up the edifice, while noblemen and other elite worked at night to break down anything that was raised that day. It was a project that preceded a Keynesian like intervention for employment generation. Construction of the Imambara was completed in 1791. Estimated cost of building the Imambara ranges between half a million rupees to a million rupees. Even after completion, the Nawab used to spend between four and five hundred thousand rupees on its decoration annually.

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6 comments posted

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
Even if you didn't tell us this was a building of religious and historical significance, your photograph conveys that quality to me. The almost ethereal light, the wide dynamic range of light, you captured it perfectly. For me B&W definitely the right choice, as it highlights the beauty of the composition and adds to the feeling of historicity.The B&W also vividly conveys the textures-the scratched on the plaster, the places where the plaster is worn away, the cracks between walk and wall.
I would like to know the tech specs and what kind of manipulation you did, for example, is this an HDR foto or did you take the photo and then make adjustements? And how hard was it to capture this space without anyone in it?   Posted: 08/10/2019 17:54:33

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I love everything about this. The side lighting, the dark shadow area, the slightly off-center point of view, the completely empty corridor (!), the great background story. I have tried many times to get a shot like this, and this one is perfect.   Posted: 08/11/2019 23:05:29

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
I agree, Stephen! This is, lines, perspective...really nice Prakhar.   Posted: 08/13/2019 12:20:41

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
A nice view, very dramatic processing and it should do well in salons.
This is question of taste but it might be worth looking at lightening the shadow and darkening the highlight areas - it might be less dramatic but might do better for photo-travel. Just a thought.   Posted: 08/14/2019 05:11:39

Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Prahkar, the long hallway and the repetition of arches and highlights produce a formal and interesting image. Your history of Bara Imambara is the finishing touch.

I wonder if you could burn in just a slight bit of detail in the white wall on the left side leading into the background. Not much, just a little. Also it would have been fortuitous if some person had been walking along the hallway, maybe half way down.

Nice, nice work!

As I now look at the comments of the others I see Stephen, as do you, likes an empty hallway. Ah, isn't art wonderful - we all have different opinions, each of them valid.   Posted: 08/17/2019 11:29:53

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
This is beautiful and really hard to keep that top center line lit so well! It is striking in its simplicity. Very dramatic. Well done   Posted: 08/19/2019 08:17:33