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Flower Market

One of the most amazing places in Kolkata is the Mullick ghaat flower market under the Howrah bridge. This is a wholesale market that supplies countless flowers for all occasions - weddings, pujas, etc. The market contains over 2,000 sellers who come in on a daily basis to sell their goods and is Eastern Indian's larget flower market.

The marigolds like you see here are very popular throughout India. Garlands of them are used to decorate shrines, to hang at weddings and on other special occasions, or even to place around the neck. I cannot even imagine how many hundreds of thousands of flowers I saw on just one morning here.

I cannot describe what an experience it was walking around the market at 6:30am, taking in all the activity and bustle. It was by far one of the top three highlights of my trip. And it was here that I took perhaps my favorite picture of the visit.

Flower Market

One of the most amazing places in Kolkata is the Mullick ghaat flower market under the Howrah bridge. This is a wholesale market that supplies countless flowers for all occasions - weddings, pujas, etc. The market contains over 2,000 sellers who come in on a daily basis to sell their goods and is Eastern Indian's larget flower market.

The marigolds like you see here are very popular throughout India. Garlands of them are used to decorate shrines, to hang at weddings and on other special occasions, or even to place around the neck. I cannot even imagine how many hundreds of thousands of flowers I saw on just one morning here.

I cannot describe what an experience it was walking around the market at 6:30am, taking in all the activity and bustle. It was by far one of the top three highlights of my trip. And it was here that I took perhaps my favorite picture of the visit.

comments (89)

  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 16 Feb 2010, 00:07
The colors are gorgeous. Such a fascinating image.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Feb 2010, 00:14
Colourful and excellent image, Charles.

There is a wonderful wholesale/retail flower market in Bangkok which we occasionally visit if Na is especially feeling the need for our apartment to be decorated...I love visiting it.
what a vibrant shot here, looking at all the work involved here, quite amazing.
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 00:47
Love the colors and composition! I bet this area must of had such a wonderful smell.
Charles Dastodd: It did, yvonne. the smell was amazing smile
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 00:47
Such warm vibrant colors, brings back memories of when I was there
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Feb 2010, 00:53
Thank you for visiting me smile

Your colours here are amazing!
I can see why this is a favorite of yours, Charles... the combination of colors is just great.
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 16 Feb 2010, 01:50
I think this kind of place existing almost in each city in India. I think that's because consumption of flowers in India is very high because of manifold of reasons. smile
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 01:52
This is absolutely gorgous. Wonderful colors, perspective and subject matter! I am loving these images fom India! I have always wanted to visit this beautiful exotic and holy place..maybe still oneday!
Charles Dastodd: You really should! it is an unbelievable experience...
Wow! What a fantastic explosion of color! It is simply breathtaking. Not to mention the good composition.
  • Celine
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 02:41
Wow ! So picturesque !
Nice colors! And a fine subject.
  • Steve
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 03:11
Wow, I love this with all the bright colors. A beautiful shot.
Amazing colour...bravo...//
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 16 Feb 2010, 03:39
De la couleur avant toute chose et qui déborde de partout.
The vibrancy of hues, and details captured in this scene simply dance from the frame. Fascinating and beautifully observed
Finally, someone who brings alive the colours of Calcutta. That's one thing that was missing online.
Excellent colour and detail...love this.
  • rajeev.k
  • India
  • 16 Feb 2010, 05:43
wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww! nice work
Such wonderful vibrant colors!
  • macgo
  • Spain
  • 16 Feb 2010, 05:57
Los colore son asombrosos. Ya me queda solo un mes y medio para ir allí
  • Toni
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 06:02
What glorious colors!! I can only imagine how long it must have taken to color sort and then string each flower. Well done!
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 16 Feb 2010, 06:29
wow that's amazing!! i hope people buy them all because i would hate to think of them going to waste.... great picture!!!
Without your introduction I wouldn't have guessed those were flowers (?!) But the colours are so strong, so much alive!There's a lot of energy in those heaps....
  • Locus
  • India
  • 16 Feb 2010, 06:34
Beautiful. I really like the composition of this and how well you've handled the colour. Whole sale flower markets in India are quite something. Especially in winter.
Explosion de couleurs, une photo originale...
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2010, 07:21
Such warm vibrant colours Charles
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Feb 2010, 07:23
Good heavens Charles - I've never seen anything like this in all my life!
  • Fritsch
  • Germany
  • 16 Feb 2010, 07:23
What an beautiful explosion of colours & excellent framing, Charles! Good shot! All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.
  • Dulcie
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 07:25
A truly remarkable shot and more so after reading the description that goes with it. I can just imagine being there. thanks to your excellent photography!
Great street capture, amazing colors! Great perspective and composition!
  • tede
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 07:45
Hello Charles, those colors are incredible, a flamboyant image. The portrait of your favorite photo is beautiful. Good day.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2010, 07:55
Wow what wonderful colours
  • jpla
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 08:01
Les couleurs sont éclatantes ! Bonne journée.
JP
This looks like an amazing place to be with a camera, nice shot.
  • Nina
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 08:05
Astonishing garlands of flowers in bright colors!
  • Pierre
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 08:15
I undesrtand why you like this picture. I guess it was dark and you managed to capture all the colors very well.
Great shot! I love the colours.
  • k@
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 08:30
Orange POPs, wonderfully !
Astonishing colour!
  • Tamara
  • Belgium
  • 16 Feb 2010, 08:49
What a spectacular street photo ! This must be a colorful paradise for photographers smile
the color is so great, fresh and sparkling
  • thami
  • Morocco
  • 16 Feb 2010, 08:54
Excellente scène de rue haute en couleurs et construite dans l'axe dynamique de la diagonale!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuse!
  • Sarito
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Feb 2010, 09:07
These garlands are amazing.. they stitch the flowers together very nicely.. beautiful shot.
  • mhlne
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 09:33
A superb framing !! I didn't see flowers ...!! Very beautiful!
  • theys
  • Belgium
  • 16 Feb 2010, 09:48
Very beautiful achievement, beautiful detail, variety in the colors really well managed this photo. Bravo!
YOUR shots are full of life and colour! how do get so strong colours from the D40 nikon, do you adjust the saturation on each?
Charles Dastodd: the color did turn out nicely, but as you can imagine at 6:30am the light was not super. i definitely needed to turn up the saturation on this a bit
  • Grard
  • france
  • 16 Feb 2010, 09:56
Impressionnantes couleurs qui éclatent aux yeux
Astonishing colours Charles. Saffron perhaps.
Charles Dastodd: Nope, all marigolds!
  • STEED
  • Germany
  • 16 Feb 2010, 10:00
What a Reportage !!!! Moods,colours,Faces.....Nice...Very Nice...
Des couleurs magnifiques !

very beautiful colours ....All your pictures are perfect....
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 16 Feb 2010, 10:55
Very colorful...amazing ! What a work this must be to do those garlands!
  • Nicki
  • Germany
  • 16 Feb 2010, 11:44
A really powerfull color shot - impressive!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Feb 2010, 12:23
Crikey! I thought was brightly coloured rope at first! Love the vibrant colours.
  • Yashar
  • Iran
  • 16 Feb 2010, 12:26
that's really perfect coloring.
I thought these were ropes from the thumbnail...fantastic!!
Amazing colours and a great sight to be seen, I can see why you liked it.
Very colourful Charles and interesting narrative as always.
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 16 Feb 2010, 13:56
Stunning and beautiful colors! Great shot
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 14:36
Beautiful color. Nice shot.
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 16 Feb 2010, 14:42
Super image . Beautiful compo and colors !
  • Amanda
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 14:43
This is an incredible capture. I love the bright colors and endless sea of flowers.
Superb slice-of-life capture! What lovely mood and colours! Amazing!smile
Speechless! It is so difficult to portray through a photograph what your sensations were actually feeling at that moment in time..but you have succeed it!
nice shot ,interesting smile
Tremendous colours, Charles!
  • Cerstin
  • Germany
  • 16 Feb 2010, 16:28
Marvelously shining colors. You have a great picture collection.
  • Carlib
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 16:37
Absolutely amazing, Charles!
At first as I discovered the picture, I thought: Wow, incredible the color of these ropes!!
Then I read your text: they are made of marigold flowers!
Really astounding!
how terrible to have lost your camera on that trip! What a loss! To me it would be like loosing a hand!
But you'll get an even better one soon!
The women on the the other page is fantastic too! So much comes out from her eyes and her smile!
Your photography is gorgeous!
Bravo!
Cheers!
Charles Dastodd: thank you, it was terrible. i was so happy to at least have taken away all my images!
Those citrus colours are positively mouthwatering, how beautiful to see their work.
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 17:18
What colors flaming!
I like them.
  • Lili
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 17:19
wahou it's amazing. I didn't have to imagine that was flowers before reading your text. It s very beautiful. Great capture
Fantastic colours...So clever with their work Charles.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 17:52
Stunning colors for a wonderful street life capture ! Love the harmony netween the colors ! Compliments !
  • Nick
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 18:08
WoW! Those are some really great colors. Nice
A lovely composition with overwhelming color saturation! Well done!
  • Tracy
  • 16 Feb 2010, 18:32
Your images are wonderful! I love the striking juxtapositions you've created in many of them...Your slide show is an absolute delight!
Charles Dastodd: thank you I really appreciate it smile
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 16 Feb 2010, 18:59
the colors are jumping at me! how fun it would be to walk around in that market.

in bangladesh they also offer this to the dead.
a color explosion - excellent image
Gosh- how marvellous. Beautiful colour
  • Frances
  • Australia
  • 16 Feb 2010, 19:45
Your photos are fabulous, the vibrancy of colour is really exciting.
cracking image, love the colour
Nice color and composition!! Great shot!!
  • phil
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 21:11
Bonjour, dommage que tu ne peut travailler qu'en 800 iso les couleurs en souffre un peu
At no time seemed like flowers. I looked fabrics, yarn dyed. Impressive color. A greeting.
  • kiki
  • France
  • 16 Feb 2010, 23:08
I would never have imagined that it can be flowers. Extraordinary colors !
de tres jolis tons de rouge, un beau degradé
the clothing colors are as interesting as the flowers.
Incredible! Such rich colors!
  • hella
  • U.k
  • 17 Feb 2010, 19:49
Oh wow, what an amazing photo, the colours make my mouth water. I wonder if the scent of the flowers were as powerful as the picture !

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