Photography Challenge: Developing Your Eye II Day Four-Prompt: Natural Lines
This is an image of the remnants of the kirti stambh (Victory Gates) at Modhera Sun Temple, a 990 year old structure in Gujarat. They stand proud through the ravages of time commemorating a victory, long forgotten. The clouds in the sky, I believe, add a dramatic touch to the scene.
Photography Challenge: Developing Your Eye II Prompt: Warmth Photo clicked in bright sunlight at Modhera Sun Temple, a fine specimen of centuries old Solanki architecture two hours away from Ahmedabad, India. A feast for the eyes.
One of the finest specimens of Solanki architecture, the panels on the temple structure depict different mythological scenes from the Indian epics as well as scenes from the daily lives of the contemporary people. On every equinox, the sun rays shine directly into the sanctum sacrosanct (Garbhagriha) bathing the interiors of the temple in a golden light. It is believed that the golden statue of the resident deity had been looted away in one of the military invasions of Alauddin Khalji. Thus, the once glorious temple had fallen into neglect and dereliction.
The challenge was to focus on only one color on a neutral background. And I chose to steer clear of the reds and blues and vibrant yellows and mellow pastels and go with the classic shade of white.
Once upon a time, I was in the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. The golden sandstone walls were shining in the sun rays and there were rows and rows of beautiful things- golden puppets, colorful turbans, exquisite shawls… and I wanted to buy them all but did not have enough money…
In that enchanting fort, I spotted this lady sitting by herself and scribbling away in a tiny leather notebook. She seemed like a picture of utter bliss immersed in the natural beauty surrounding her in a land far away from home. I often look at this picture on my phone just to assure myself that some day, some day, I shall embark on that solo trip as well.