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Flower Market

Another shot of the Mallick Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata under the Howrah bridge. It is also known as the Howrah Flower Market.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the city. When I told some of my local friends that I wanted to go they thought I was crazy. "Why would a tourist want to go there?!" I was told it was dirty, muddy, run down, and that it really wasn't worth it unless you went super early in the morning. Since it is a wholesale market, shopkeepers, decorators, and individuals will come in very early in the morning to get what they need. I think during the wedding season and at festival times that is certainly true. I didn't get there until about 6:30am and I feared the worst.

But as luck would have it, it was not the busiest time of the year for the market and so there were sellers like this one, each with thousands of flowers. And beyond that, it really was not dirty or muddy like I expected. But it was also in January which is part of the dry season so that probably had something to do with it. But even if it had been muddy, this still would have been one of the most amazing sights of Kolkata, lying beneath the shadow of the massive Howrah Bridge and alongside the Hooghly River.

Flower Market

Another shot of the Mallick Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata under the Howrah bridge. It is also known as the Howrah Flower Market.

As I mentioned yesterday, this is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the city. When I told some of my local friends that I wanted to go they thought I was crazy. "Why would a tourist want to go there?!" I was told it was dirty, muddy, run down, and that it really wasn't worth it unless you went super early in the morning. Since it is a wholesale market, shopkeepers, decorators, and individuals will come in very early in the morning to get what they need. I think during the wedding season and at festival times that is certainly true. I didn't get there until about 6:30am and I feared the worst.

But as luck would have it, it was not the busiest time of the year for the market and so there were sellers like this one, each with thousands of flowers. And beyond that, it really was not dirty or muddy like I expected. But it was also in January which is part of the dry season so that probably had something to do with it. But even if it had been muddy, this still would have been one of the most amazing sights of Kolkata, lying beneath the shadow of the massive Howrah Bridge and alongside the Hooghly River.

comments (79)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Feb 2010, 00:11
I like this image even better than the previous one of the flower market, Charles...I think it is the bemused vendor that especially appeals to me here.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 00:20
I wish I had been into photography when I visited there, but your great shots remind me of it so well
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2010, 00:34
Such lovely colours, the scene speaks to me.
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 17 Feb 2010, 00:51
Looks like you caught someone off guard in this capture. smile The yellow is a real eye-popper here.
fantastic shot, you have really caught the place so well, nice one charles
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 17 Feb 2010, 01:36
Well... good thing you didn't have to face the crowded market. I bet it could have not been easy to even walk around otherwise. smile
Charles Dastodd: well, it was crowded enough! it was a very narrow walkway, and I was trying to take pictures with everyone running around on every side of me. i have countless shots of someone walking in front of the frame. but the rush and energy of the place made it really exciting wink
  • MK
  • Germany
  • 17 Feb 2010, 02:00
Wonderful colors n a nice portrait too. Well done
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 02:09
I love the colors, I love that you shared. I so want to go and experience it...I guess that makes me crazy
stunning composition and color!
Yes, It is always difficult to move around in those markets. You were lucky not get expected crowd.
I can't imagine how any place selling flowers could be considered uninteresting, if not beautiful. i'm glad you went.
Charles Dastodd: I know, but I guess its one of those things when you live there and it seems like a common, everyday sort of thing you don't expect tourists to want to see it. Sort of like someone wanting to take pictures of your local produce smile
You did so well to capture this without intrusion from those passers by, and retain almost a sense of solitude in the lone figure.

Another superbly observed, vibrant slice of life.
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 04:28
quel jaune eclatant !
  • Toni
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 04:52
He looks pretty fierce - like he's looking right through you. Great capture.
We continue to enjoy with your photos!
Wonderful photo, vibrant colors, I've never seen flowers arranged this way!
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 17 Feb 2010, 05:37
It looks indeed quite amazing ! Lucky you.
I hope to see that place in the future !
Charles Dastodd: you absolutely should go, Sidney! Kolkata is an amazing city, and although it is the second biggest city in India, its tourism is way behind that of Delhi, Mumbai, and so many other places.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 17 Feb 2010, 05:37
Amazing, reading all the comments before mine. All these people don't sleep smile Always special to realise again someone on the other side of earth is having lunch when I am lifting a midnight snack from the fridge.

If I ever go to Kolkata, this flower market will be on my list and if necessary I will get up early.
Charles Dastodd: You should definitely consider going, Louis. Kolkata is an incredible place! They say it is a city that you fall in love with...I know I certainly did wink
  • Steve
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 05:40
Those colors are amazing! A great shot.
Great portrait! Excellent photograph!
Fascinated by her look! its position as a man who would remake a good look! A nice colorful shot!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Feb 2010, 06:29
I would think just about any marketplace in Kolkata would be amazing to see, Charles. I'm glad you went, too.
Charles Dastodd: They were all beautiful, Ginnie!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 17 Feb 2010, 06:45
Those ropes of flowers are simply amazing Charles
  • tede
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 06:47
Hello, these garlands of flowers are truly amazing. Very beautiful shot with such beautiful colors. Good day.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Feb 2010, 06:59
I would never really know these are flowers
impressive yellow nice vertical portrait.. interesting
  • Nina
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 07:36
A great contrast between the seller and the flowers... It's a beautiful portrait well relieved by garlands of flowers!
  • CM Kwan
  • Hong Kong
  • 17 Feb 2010, 07:41
The colours and composition are wonderful!
It's good to get the commentary. This photo has a certain dignity which makes it rather special.
  • Xerophytes
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2010, 07:48
Color is a bit soft. But it is okay! smile
Another lovely one. I really like this series.
again, vivid colors
This one and the previous are lovely shot . I enjoy your way to show us the life in this country , Phil
  • jpla
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 09:50
Joli ! Bonne journée
JP
  • mhelene
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 10:05
Beautiful capture of the mood of this flower market ! Beautiful !
Wonderfully captured Charles. The tones are superb!
Interesting outfit that chap is wearing.
Fantastic colour, Charles and excellent portrait.
Its good to see the traditional areas rather than just the tourist areas, really nice capture, the colours are so vibrant.
Charles Dastodd: I agree, Linda, I like to get off the beaten (tourist) path wink
  • k@
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 10:37
This serie is real good and the colors stunning
Beautiful portrait with colorful flowers like a long rope.
Still a very beautiful presentation, splendid detail, completely successful, cheer!
great candid and colours.....
he is eying you off in a "huh?" kinda way.
Cheers
Rob
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2010, 12:18
I tried to comment on yesterdays picture, but on my little netbook it won't let me get to the submit button. It keeps sliding out of the frame. Anyway what I tried to post applies here too. Lovely ropes of vibrant flowers, beautifully documented
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2010, 12:22
I would assume thatthe flowers are sort of woven togther to form a sort of "daisy chain"? I wonder what the shelf life is like for these? The colour is amazing.
Charles Dastodd: That's a good question. Part of the reason we were told to go early is that they supposedly sell out every single day. I think it was a bit slow when I was there because I would be shocked if they were going to be all gone. But assuming they do have fresh ones every day, then I would think the stemless ones not put in water but used only for decoration would only look fresh for another day or two
  • Roudix
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 12:38
How nice the colrs are ! Nice portrait !
The bright colours are wonderful to the spirit which flowers are too.
Interesting market place, love the vibrant colors. Excellent photo, like how you filled the frame on this one.
I admire the beauty of your photo, its colors. I also take the advice, I would visit India, and your information is very valuable. A greeting.
Quel travail pour enfiler toutes ces fleurs...le résultat est surprenant. Merci
  • marni
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 14:00
Stunning.
  • Scarabaeus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2010, 14:23
Wow, the colours and so bright and vivid.
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 14:43
wonderful street images..beautiful colors in your photos!
  • Clif
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 15:25
Great shot, Charles! I added a link to your site on my photoblog. I look forward to seeing more of your photographs.
A fine shot Charles. Somewhere there must be farms growing these blloms by the million to feed the supply chain for the market.
Beaux contrastes entre les jaunes et oranges des fleurs et le bleu des vêtements, mais aussi des matières avec les paniers en osiers.
That is stunning colour. Beautiful
the best image I saw today - perfect at all
Charles Dastodd: Thank you, yiannis, that is really kind of you to say...
  • Marc
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 17:28
Superbe composition, this the position of the man and with the colors!!!
BRAVO!!!
I'll put you on my links!!
FRiendly!!
  • Carlib
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 17:35
Well you were definitely right to insist on going to this market!
At least you came back with fantastic and unusual shots!
Well done, Charles!
  • Pinto
  • India
  • 17 Feb 2010, 17:35
Wonderful capture, nice colors and composition. Good work!
A fine image with these colours Charles.
  • Marie
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 18:05
Another brilliant capture and I'm glad to visit you because i can travel in country I certainly never go...
It's very instructive and your quality of photo makes me dream so much ! Compliments !!
cracking image, love the colours
  • eva48
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 18:48
can you tell where is Kolkata
I wish you a nice day
éva
Charles Dastodd: Its in India. Kolkata is the capital of the state of West Bengal in the North East part of India.
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 17 Feb 2010, 18:49
Fantastic image . Colors are outstanding !
Well worth a follow up shot Charles
  • hella
  • U.k
  • 17 Feb 2010, 19:50
another great shot, and interesting portrait.
I like colour, nice photo
  • Sandy Weston
  • United States
  • 17 Feb 2010, 20:39
Awesome color....is this fiber he is selling?
Charles Dastodd: Nope, those are all flowers! they are garlands of marigolds smile
  • Gérard
  • france
  • 17 Feb 2010, 21:11
Un cadrage parfait et des couleurs toujours aussi pétantes
  • ppeut
  • France
  • 17 Feb 2010, 21:25
I like the great colours of this shot, a beautiful scene.
  • mike
  • Spain
  • 17 Feb 2010, 21:41
Texture colour and light! Good stuff!
Nice portrait! Great composition!
  • Zhu
  • Canada
  • 18 Feb 2010, 01:26
I had no idea a flower market could be that popular, from your explanation!
  • Farnaaz
  • Iran
  • 18 Feb 2010, 09:31
The colors are lovely . Your frame is perfect but on top of everything the way of that man is looking .. it's amazing .

Thanks a lot that you visit my photo.
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 18 Feb 2010, 11:02
Le pays idéal pour les photographes à la recherche de la plus belle des couleurs.
  • mooch
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 20:39
Great vibrant colours!
  • GJC
  • Japan
  • 20 Feb 2010, 01:56
Magical photo of a place and time. Well done.

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