Still Life with Bird Cages

Still Life with Bird Cages

Bird Cages, Udaipur, India photo

India amazes. You learn to expect the unexpected. To wit, the cluster of empty birdcages hanging in an alcove in the opulent City Palace in Udaipur in Rajasthan, India. Seemed a little out of place alongside the beautiful paintings, textiles, glass, and tile. Construction of the gigantic palace, or more accurately, a series of connected palaces, was started in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh and continued for over 400 years by his successor Maharanas. The ruling family lived a lavish lifestyle but were bedeviled by wars with the other princely states of Rajasthan. This all ended in 1947 when India gained its independence. All 22 princely states gave up all of their powers and holdings to become part of the Indian state of Rajasthan.

As for the bird cages, apparently one of the royals fancied an aviary of sorts.

A bit of trivia: The James Bond movie Octopussy was filmed in Udaipur, with scenes shot in City Palace as well as nearby Lake Palace and Monsoon Palace.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 19 Comments

    1. Like peeling away the layers of an onion. The more I learn of India the more questions I have. Thanks for stopping by Lisa. How are things with you?

      1. hi from quito! staying in a little hostal, i was awake for most of the night as i waded through the inbox and replied to some of the comments, etc. this morning (after a fast ‘nap’ i’m reading posts.. nice to see what i’ve been missing!) i will be in tourist/artist mode in quito today, w/friends tonight, then to mindo tomorrow for the next five or six days. of course in mindo i’ll be offline again.

        it’s nice to be in the city, though after a few days of noise and air pollution, i’m ready to get back to nature!

        thanks! z

    1. Certainly not expected and somewhat out of place, but made for an interesting photo. Thanks for your comment.

    1. I thought some of the cages had a Victorian feel. Thanks Meredith.

  1. Beautiful still life, Ron. I always love bird cages! I was in Udaipur in March 2011, so this brings back memories. πŸ™‚

    1. Where else in Rajasthan? Did you like it?

      1. I was in Jaipur, Jaisalmer, & Udaipur. I did a “camel safari!” Yes, I liked it a lot. But my photos are nothing compared to yours. πŸ™‚

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