Kumar Tuli Still Life

Kumar Tuli Still Life

Kumartuli Still Life

Kumar Tuli, the potters’ quarter, lies along the banks of the River Hooghly in the sprawling mega-city, Calcutta, in Northeastern India. The villagers create the clay idols of Hindu gods and goddesses that figure so prominently in the many religious festivals or pujas. The potters live in a hodge-podge of small dwellings along the winding lanes and alleys of the village. Recently,  while visiting the village, as the artisans were busy putting the finishing touches on the effigies of the goddess Durga and her consort, I was drawn to the outside of this tiny abode. Tattered belongings hang haphazardly on the wall and judging by the padlock on the door, the owner obviously was not at home. I had to make the photograph. The colors, the textures required it.

I finished the image with a little post-processing in Lightroom and by adding a border and folded paper effect from the Perfect Effects 8 plugin.

Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Beautiful! This photo tells us so much and yet still keeps us wondering 🙂

    1. That’s what got my attention. I wanted to meet the owner and see what was on the inside. Thanks for you comment

  2. I love the mood of this photo, Ron, and I love the Lightroom effects. The muted colors and the effects make it look like an old photograph speaking of bygone times.

    1. It was an interesting image before I did anything. Maybe I added a little. I love exprementing with the processing. Thanks Cathy.

  3. Fabulous image, Ron! So much to see, on the outside, and yet it has me longing to open that padlock and peek around the door. 🙂

    1. Yes, I really wanted to see the inside. No doubt even more interesting. Thanks Sylvia.

  4. The processing you’ve done here really makes the shot as the folded paper effect adds texture, which takes this great shot and the story of this photo to a very creative level. story to this place,

    1. I’m usually not a big fan of textures, etc. but it seemed to work pretty well this time. Thanks Randall.

      1. I’m with you on that, I am not a big fan of textures, but when it works the results are amazing. Tina Schell has a series of textures she used a few months ago that had a similar result, just took a great photo and made it memorable. Cheers ~

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