Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  

Hare Krishna Procesion by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

June 2020 - Hare Krishna Procesion

June 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO


About the Image(s)

The Hare Krishna or in full name International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is the popular name of this religious sect founded in the United States in 1965. The first converts in USA were hippies in New York City who shaved their heads and adopted Indian clothing. They took the streets to chant and dance repeating the Hare Krishna mantra.
This month I am going completely outside the box. This image was created in San Francisco in February 1971 (almost 50 years ago) with my then Nikon F camera with the only lens that I had the 50 mm f/1.4 and shot in Ecktachrome (slide film). It was a rainy day and completely overcast. This was my first encounter with this religious group so I did shoot many frames (remember we only had 36 per roll) I do not have the details.. With the Covid 19 confinement I was checking boxes in the garage and found many containers with slides. Most of them had lost color and many had a fine lining of what looked like fungal contamination. This slide looked good so using my digital camera I created a digital copy of it and tried to fix it in Lightroom, but I was unable to remove the magenta cast so I changed into B&W using Silver Efex 2. The image was only cropped slightly from the top. My photographic knowledge back then was pretty much “Point and Shoot” with the camera doing all the magical calculations.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Gloria Sprung   Gloria Sprung
Isaac, what a story! I can only imagine what the folks in this image are doing is similar of every generation. I like the expression and the hand gesture of the young woman in the front of the procession. The yellow "figure" in the center fills the space at the top of the image. You included a B&W version but I prefer the color image and the magenta color cast adds to a vintage feel.   Posted: 06/11/2020 14:18:06

Bruce Goodman   Bruce Goodman
Great flashback! I remember being 15 on a visit to San Francisco and being amazed by the Hare Krishnas and their unforgettable chant. This photo certainly brings it back. Long hair is back this summer (no safe barbering yet) so the people in photo look as contemporary as those I see in my local park. The downtown buildings and the 50 year old fading give it away as a 'vintage' photo. Love the magenta cast. It could be something that you select on a current photo to make it look old. Thanks for digging in your garage and sharing.   Posted: 06/11/2020 17:20:28

Daniel De Cort   Daniel De Cort
A good photo remains a good photo even though she is 50 years old. The color cast links to the time period of the photo.
Like many, you have looked in your archive and pearls always come out.   Posted: 06/17/2020 12:26:48

Randy Andre   Randy Andre
Nice story, has a newsreel feel to it, like something that Walter Cronkite would be commenting on. The shaved heads of the "true believers" in contrast with the long hair of the late 60's early 70's "hippies". The girls clapping her hands center front certainly gives the feel to the era.   Posted: 06/20/2020 05:50:01

Jim Mayo   Jim Mayo
The posture of the central girl and the child on the right with raised hands seems to echo the hands of inflated figure in the background. Good photojournalism. Looking at this you get a real feel for the past.   Posted: 06/28/2020 20:36:31