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Along the Hooghly

This picture shows a very old ghat - the word for the series of steps going down to a river. In India, people uses ghats to go down to bathe or perform rituals. A few I saw had had gates like this one. I am not entirely sure what the purpose of the gate is, unless it gets closed at night to prevent people from coming in the other way.

This picture and the one from yesterday are both scenes from along the Hooghly River just North of Kolkata. You can see more shots from the Hooghly here . They are some of my favorite shots.

Along the Hooghly

This picture shows a very old ghat - the word for the series of steps going down to a river. In India, people uses ghats to go down to bathe or perform rituals. A few I saw had had gates like this one. I am not entirely sure what the purpose of the gate is, unless it gets closed at night to prevent people from coming in the other way.

This picture and the one from yesterday are both scenes from along the Hooghly River just North of Kolkata. You can see more shots from the Hooghly here . They are some of my favorite shots.

comments (73)

think the spikes on top of the gates would not take prisoners, nice shot again
I love the way you capture texture and depth
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 4 Mar 2010, 00:31
Such an interesting way to get down to the river, captured with wonderful detail
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 4 Mar 2010, 00:47
The brickwork is interesting...the gates seem out of place.
Stunning composition, like the framing with the lines and patterns in this shot. Fascinating structure with lovely tones and lighting.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 4 Mar 2010, 01:03
This is a wonderful travel along the river ! beautiful !
Wow. Love the details Charles. Just curious, did you use a wide angle zoom lens on this or did you crop this one wide during processing?
Charles Dastodd: this is a crop. it was part of a much larger picture, but I found the rest distracting smile
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 4 Mar 2010, 02:11
I love how you are putting these ghats in panoramic view.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America
  • 4 Mar 2010, 02:35
A very unusual structure. Those columns are very unique.
the light feels so soft and warm. i wonder what time of day this was taken. the bowl or small vessel on the stairs is a nice element.
Superb shot ! Love the composition, nice lighting.
Very nicely captured, Charles. A terrific crop which brings the degredation on the steps and brickwork to the fore.
How gorgeous! Mystical, almost.
  • tede
  • France
  • 4 Mar 2010, 06:27
It's amazing the doors that open towards the place of rituals, the soft light is wonderful. Nice day.
  • Dulcie
  • United States
  • 4 Mar 2010, 06:30
For all the stone, this image has a very delicate look. The gates themselves have a weightless quality. Wonderful scene. I'm so glad to know about it.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 4 Mar 2010, 07:12
l am with ray the gates just dont seem to fit
Belle invitation à franchir ces grilles ou bien à descendre sur les berges...
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Mar 2010, 07:22
Maybe it gets crowded on those steps?
  • Locus
  • India
  • 4 Mar 2010, 07:27
Beautiful. I love the light and the timeless feel this image has. Sometimes pilgrims leave money at the ghats, the gates might be to prevent thieves from stealing them before the priests collect the donations. Fantastic capture.
Charles Dastodd: ah that is good to know. I also wondered if it was just part of a private facility. I saw several places that had doors or gates leading to them, just not right down at the edge like this one.
  • jpla
  • France
  • 4 Mar 2010, 07:50
Joli ! Bonne journée
JP
  • Kala
  • United States
  • 4 Mar 2010, 07:55
Beautiful light and detail - if I never visit India, at least I've seen your wonderful photographs.
J'aime ces photos de pierres vieillies....bonne journée Charles et merci de me faire voyager
I love the color tone in this photo
  • STEED
  • FRANCE
  • 4 Mar 2010, 08:27
Curiousity........Like it...
  • spark
  • Australia
  • 4 Mar 2010, 08:44
Amazing stuff Charles
interesting view and processing...
making it your own!!
I like it
  • thami
  • Morocco
  • 4 Mar 2010, 09:14
Des marches d'escalier qui mènent et descendent vers l'espace marin! Image symbolique du seuil à franchir...
Bonne journée lumineuse!
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 4 Mar 2010, 09:18
Very nicely captured, Charles.
Beautiful panorama, beautiful catch of sight, cheer!
I think you could be correct Charles, it is to prevent interlopers.
Beautiful capture with these pale tones!
Love the colour of the brick work and the lonesome pot on the steps.
Very beautiful ! a great light and a superb framing !
Thank you Charles for recent comments. Again, lovely muted colours here
Don't know if I'll ever get to India... thanks for including us on your trip, Charles.
  • Carlib
  • France
  • 4 Mar 2010, 13:08
Really interesting!
I guess they just want to keep people out except for the rituals! It must be something to see a crowd here!
almost mystical espresione the absence of the image expresses
  • grouser
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Mar 2010, 13:21
Nicely framed almost symmetry
  • yvonne
  • United States
  • 4 Mar 2010, 14:11
I like that the doors are open and the sunlight is pouring through
  • Roland
  • France
  • 4 Mar 2010, 14:44
Très belle image
Bonne jourée. roland
  • Yashar
  • Iran
  • 4 Mar 2010, 14:57
Well composed picture, I like your works..
so beautiful.
  • macgo
  • Spain
  • 4 Mar 2010, 15:01
Me gusta mucho la luz de esta imagen
The iron gates look strange on this old brickwork...I like the tones..Nice one Charles.
Charles Dastodd: That is part of the contradiction all throughout India, and particularly in Kolkata: the clash of the old and the new smile
beautiful compo and light !
Perhaps the gates keep people away at night in case they fall in the water and there is no one to help rescue them Charles.
a very beautiful scenery - excellent work
Vraiment magnifique..; j'aime beaucoup ce blog... j'ai même essayé de m'en ouvrir un , car les photos en grand format me plaisent, mais je n'ai pas trouvé les tarifs...superbe ! bonnne journée et merci pour tes visites...
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Mar 2010, 17:32
I wondered about the gates, too. I like the brickwork colouring here.
The gates are open, and the light behind is inviting. I like the structure with all those stripes in the picture
  • kiki
  • France
  • 4 Mar 2010, 18:02
It is a pity that these places are closed by gates ! Your series of photographs is very interesting !
Good game with lines and lights , a nice openning to the river , Phil.
  • Grard
  • Germany
  • 4 Mar 2010, 18:40
Une protection qui n'en est pas une , un château peut-être ?
I am enjoying your journey down the river
  • eva
  • France
  • 4 Mar 2010, 20:11
what a marvelous and luminous picture ! Graceful gates ! Soft and lovely ! I love it !
  • Andy
  • USA
  • 4 Mar 2010, 20:11
It looks ancient! Love all the mold on the walls and the great stonework.
Another insight into the Indian culture. I bet those steps have seen a lot of life.
  • Zhu
  • Canada
  • 4 Mar 2010, 20:50
I love urban decay! Looks mysterious.
cracking image, got a lovely feel to it
this has something really peaceful over it. I totally understand this place is used for spiritual rituals.
It would be interesting to see a B&W treatment - although that might run counter to the Indian climate!
Charles Dastodd: yeah, i have been really torn on many of the the pictures I took on my trip. on the one hand i think they would have an added character if they were presented in b&w, but on the other hand I love the color and light so much and India was certainly full of color smile
  • Steve
  • United States
  • 4 Mar 2010, 21:50
Nice textures and colors. A really interesting series.
I love this photo, the light is magic.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Mar 2010, 22:08
You are not sure of the purpose of a gate? Easy: when its closed the purpose is to open it and when its open the purpose is to close it tongue

The picture is an excellent one.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Mar 2010, 23:49
The different lines in this are fascinating.
  • Elisa
  • Argentina
  • 4 Mar 2010, 23:54
Hi!
Fantastic shot
Best regards from Argentina
Elisa
  • kyungmee
  • United States
  • 5 Mar 2010, 01:47
Oh..I don't know if my last comment took? I love this image! I love the textures and the light coming down through gates!
  • JMS*
  • Thailand
  • 5 Mar 2010, 03:27
Tu es un véritable artiste.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 5 Mar 2010, 09:28
gorgeous textures and light
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 5 Mar 2010, 12:15
I'm browsing...absolutely loving these images. I'm not going to comment on each and every one. Just wanted you to know how wonderful they are!!
Charles Dastodd: That's very kind of you to say, Marcie. Thanks for the comment smile
  • sandrine
  • United States
  • 5 Mar 2010, 19:43
Lovely lighting... Great picture.
Simple. Stunning. Great composition (and really like the letterbox crop!)
I prefer this one to the previous. A better angle and a shot with more character...maybe due to the presence of the gates...
Lots of depth! Its gorgeous, peaceful ...nice composition there.

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