Thursday, September 17, 2009

Streets Ahead

A Mud Hut In The Middle Of A City Thoroughfare

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


This was shot in Calcutta, India, in October 2006. It might look like a mud hut in the middle of a city street, but allow me to explain.

This was shot during the Pujas, the period of Hindu festivities that is a long celebration of colour and light. This is actually a re-creation of an Adivasi village hut and was merely erected as a temporary attraction in south Calcutta.

By shooting from this vantage point, I was able to shoot through the hut, proving a view of the street on the other side. The two figures in the first image are clay renderings - but if you look through the open doorway on the far side of the second image (below) you actually see real people in the distance.


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16 comments:

Hilary said...

I love the view of the street through the open door.

lakeviewer said...

What a beautiful tradition!

Maggie May said...

I love photos looking through archways and doors.
Great shots with a difference!

Holger Thomas said...

The perspective is great, it creates real depth.

Janie said...

Interesting. At first I thought it was the Indian version of the old witch's house in Hansel and Gretel!
Nice shot through the house to the street.

Sylvia K said...

A beautiful tradition indeed! And I love your photos of the doors and archways, really lovely! And as Maggie May wrote, great shots with a difference! Yes!

Sylvia

sandy said...

I love keyhole views do you have any keyholes within a keyhole within a keyhole within..

Artist Unplugged said...

Those is a neat shot, from the inside. The people do appear looser and friendlier! I love the designs around the door opening.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

It seems to me, Indian and camera go hand in hand. great shots.

Tranquility said...

Oh wow... what a neat display!

The Things We Carried said...

Very cool view! India intigues me. I must go when the economy here is improved.

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Shadow said...

that is lovely!

gaelikaa said...

I liked the pictures. It's coming up to Puja time in Kolkata again.

Lola said...

Tradition!
I love it

Ciao Maestro
Lola xx

spacedlaw said...

How big was this, David? It looks tiny like a doll house.