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Flower Market

Another flower seller at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata, India. If you want to see my other shots of the market you can look here.

The purple flower here is called the calotropis. This is a very strange flower. It is also know as giant milkweed. Its is very important for Hindus as it is the favorite flower of the god Shiva. They are strung together in garlands like you see here and then draped over statues of Shiva or over portraits of him. If you have a small shrine to Shiva in your home you would honor him by putting one of these on it.

The Indian poet Purananuru wrote over 2000 years ago, "The gods would not refuse even the trivial erukku for worship", the erukku being this flower. It is considered "trivial" because it is a completely unremarkable flower. It doesn't smell. And yet, the most powerful of the gods, the Lord Shiva, the Destroyer, loves this flower. They are unattractive and weedy and yet this is the flower he wears and that you give as an offering.

Just a bit of trivia...

Flower Market

Another flower seller at the Mallick Ghat Flower Market in Kolkata, India. If you want to see my other shots of the market you can look here.

The purple flower here is called the calotropis. This is a very strange flower. It is also know as giant milkweed. Its is very important for Hindus as it is the favorite flower of the god Shiva. They are strung together in garlands like you see here and then draped over statues of Shiva or over portraits of him. If you have a small shrine to Shiva in your home you would honor him by putting one of these on it.

The Indian poet Purananuru wrote over 2000 years ago, "The gods would not refuse even the trivial erukku for worship", the erukku being this flower. It is considered "trivial" because it is a completely unremarkable flower. It doesn't smell. And yet, the most powerful of the gods, the Lord Shiva, the Destroyer, loves this flower. They are unattractive and weedy and yet this is the flower he wears and that you give as an offering.

Just a bit of trivia...

comments (84)

  • Kala
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 00:11
Such colors! I have never visited India, but this market looks very interesting. And I read where you said you went in Jan. during the dry season. I'll remember that.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Feb 2010, 00:14
Another fine shot from the flower market, Charles.

This shot stands out for me because of your aggressive crop at the top so that the Lady is almost suspended in the image by attachment of the top of her head to the frame. Strangely, it works for me.
Charles Dastodd: thanks, Ray. There were a lot of distractions going on behind her so it was just easiest to cut that out.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2010, 00:34
I love the expression on her face and the movement in her hand
  • Zhu
  • Canada
  • 18 Feb 2010, 01:25
Nice portrait!

The colors always amaze me.
She is galring at you surprisingly... But she is barve facing the strange things! Very ncie!
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 18 Feb 2010, 02:07
That is quite true, Charles. We believe gods love flowers a lot. And it is logical also... who wouldn't. smile
Charles Dastodd: Sure, logical...scentless, weedy flowers wink
  • MK
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2010, 02:13
nice expression on the lady, good shot
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 02:21
Another super shot of the market, lovely range of colors
The contrast of colors is very amazing. Interesting trivia by the way!
not trivial at all - i find the information very interesting. and her candid expression is wonderful.
She is a very beautiful lady,she has lots of colour around her and the flowers look lovely to,these people are all ways surrounded by lots of colour.
This look goes straight through your lens to look at us straight in the eye, his gesture I love it.
Have you got a new camera, Charles?
Charles Dastodd: Nope, still waiting till I can afford one sad
Beautiful colours and I like how they spred from the top t the bottom, drawing my eye in.
  • tede
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 06:12
Hello, gorgeous portrait, with its colorful clothes she is the flower. Good day.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 18 Feb 2010, 06:18
Another great shot of the market Charles
A superb documentary shot, Charles. Fascinating and full of vibrant colour.
Una foto con un color y una luz excelente acompañada de una buena explicación de lo que vende esta comerciante India.

Saludos
  • Monique
  • Switzerland
  • 18 Feb 2010, 06:45
Great portrait! Nice expression on the lady!
  • Sof
  • Suisse
  • 18 Feb 2010, 06:57
Very nice portrait and the colors are very beatiful
  • jpla
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 07:16
Que ce regard me plaît ! Bonne journée
JP
I like this one a lot! A+ class documentary photography. You captured her expression beautifully.
Wonderful. I would love to visit this country!!!
I love so contrast colours of this great portrait. Well done!.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2010, 08:21
I'm always amazed at the colourful dress these people where.You've got good eye contact here, Charles.
Good colours and a charming face. I wonder iof thAt is coffee or tea that she is drinking.
Charles Dastodd: it is tea! those cups are disposable clay cups that you buy tea in from street vendors. i have a close up shot of a basket of these tea cups in my archive
  • Locus
  • India
  • 18 Feb 2010, 08:31
Fantastic portrait. The details and expression on her face are perfect.
That is just plain marvelous. sharp. clear. colorful w/o being over-satureated, and most of all, respectful of the subject. fine image.
I like the floklore in this series
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Feb 2010, 08:40
Not trivia at all Charles: interesting stuff. This is a fine portrait
Did you use a tripod here? Under 1/60s the shake becomes obvious from handheld shot.The face of the woman is although pretty clear in this image. I I would like to see a close up of those flowers.
Charles Dastodd: No tripod, Delia, I was weaving in and out of quite a big crowd! I wish I had though. I actually think the photo is much more blurry than I would have liked, but it was hard to help given the low-lighting.
  • Nina
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 09:13
Great portrait! This woman seems surprised to have more interest than its flowers
Youve been caught! Her clothes overpower the flowers in this case.
  • Farnaaz
  • Iran
  • 18 Feb 2010, 09:34
It seems you are specialist in capture of special glances !!
All is in the glance, beautiful catch of sight Charles.
Flower markets are very good place to take portraits. A beautiful one among colorful flowers.
  • Carlib
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 10:59
Another great shot, Charles!
This women is so expressive!
You really must have had quite a ball doing those pictures and meeting these people!
Cheers!
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 18 Feb 2010, 11:04
Merci de nous en dire autant sur cette belle fleur pourpre.
A wonderful portrait. I love the tones!
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Feb 2010, 11:31
Beautifully timed and framed
Great portrait shot, Charles.
loved this extract from the everyday life!
Very well timed and lovely colors Charles!
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 Feb 2010, 12:07
Great candid street photo
great capture charles, and a good story too
  • srujan
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 12:58
Superb street shot. Love the composition and the timing.
  • mhelene
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 13:06
A really superb potrait very interesting and beautiful !
  • grain
  • Morocco
  • 18 Feb 2010, 13:13
a very beautiful offering!
Lovely portrait, there must be some very colourful feilds around. good words to go with it.
  • BoB
  • Italy
  • 18 Feb 2010, 14:12
Fantastic anc colorful street portrait.
I like the face so expressive of this woman... Colors and composition are great!
  • k@
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 14:35
Superb colors, love she stares at you and also the blur on her moving hand, cool portrait, natural & true
Good market shot again Charles. She is the colourful one in this case.
well done ,nice portrait smile
Merci de ton passage et de ton commentaire , je reviendrais chez toi régulièrement .
J'aime beaucoup les portraits et celui la est vraiment supebe , bravo
An interesting ambiguous expression on the flower seller's face, and I enjoyed your explanation.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 16:35
great candid portrait of this woman here! love the overall colors and how you captured her expression.
  • MEISAM
  • Iran
  • 18 Feb 2010, 16:35
BEAUTIFULL SHOT,I LIKE HER EYE MOOD.
I like the expression on her face. It is like you caught her by surprise.
excellent portrait work - great colors
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 18 Feb 2010, 17:01
They are actually flowers! With which they make garlands!
I am very impressed!
Nice portrait, Charles. I like this one.
  • MARIANA
  • Canada
  • 18 Feb 2010, 17:22
great portrait smile)
So many colors ! Another great street potrait ! But I tkinks it shoud be better with more space above the head , but lovely picture indeed , Phil.
Belle photo prise sur le vif !
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 18 Feb 2010, 18:02
Beautiful image, Charles smile
  • Elisa
  • Argentina
  • 18 Feb 2010, 18:02
Thanks for passing by my blog. Very nice to meet you.
Best regards, Elisa, Argentina
  • Gérard
  • france
  • 18 Feb 2010, 18:14
Joli portrait d'un femme juste un peu surprise
This is an excellent shot Charles.
Merci pour toutes ces précisions. La photo est trés belle et haute en couleur. Bonne soirée Charles
  • Nicki
  • Germany
  • 18 Feb 2010, 19:27
A shot taken from another world - in my eyes, from my point of view. And this is what I really like here, thanks for sharing!
  • Amanda
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 20:07
I love the olive green and burnt orange against the yellow and lavender flowers--and her expression of being caught off guard is very genuine.
This is very fine work. It all comes together. The light and colors are magnificent.
Man's relationship with God is established in the strangest ways.
  • Terry H.
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 21:35
Looks like she is dipping the flowers in some sauce and eating them. smile Cool and interesting shot.
Very nice photo, this is good shot
  • mike
  • Spain
  • 18 Feb 2010, 22:02
Surprise surprise!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 18 Feb 2010, 23:28
This is a fine portrait. She has such character in her expression.
  • Steve
  • United States
  • 18 Feb 2010, 23:28
A lovely image of this lady. Thanks for the nice description explaining this "trivial" flower.
Love the colors. Very nice portrait and cultural shot !
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 19 Feb 2010, 14:28
Interesting background information. Great portrait. The market must be an amazing place to visit.
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 19 Feb 2010, 14:29
great image..wonderfully captures her expression and her surroudings.
Super portrait Charles and a multitude of lovely colours. Thanks for your recent comments smile
Love her expression here, and beautiful flowers.
This is a great capture. I love the composition and the colors. Also the contact with the woman is great!
Very nice portrait and interesting series Charles.

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