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Agra India

symbol of love no. 4

... Love is unlimited, it is universal. Love breeds tolerance and peace.
Love creates compassion and opportunity. And most importantly, it unites.
We are pearls of the same necklace, strung together with Love...

(This is my last post of Taj Mahal, viewed from Agra Fort, with a human chain! :-)
Thanks to all whove been following my journey so far. Still struggling with my flu bug
while processing my pictures and catching up with your works at the same time.
Nope, Im not giving up yet! But itd be helpful if you limit your post to one picture a day ;P Thanks!)

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Catherine_D31-Jan-2007 21:10
My fav so far...vvv
Ray Rebortira31-Jan-2007 03:30
Oh forget about the human chain. My eyes are transfixed on the smiling face. He has reached Nirvana and that is all that matters.
Roy Birger Nilsen30-Jan-2007 20:45
I have seldom seen such a beautiful contrast in this kind of shot,the silhuettes works great together with the white palace,this is great!V:-)
Rob Rosetti30-Jan-2007 10:25
Excellent Ai Li! Love the concept of human chain!
Ann LT30-Jan-2007 02:14
Wonderful human chain!
J. Scott Coile29-Jan-2007 21:44
Iconic! VOTE!!!
Guest 29-Jan-2007 20:06
Now what do you want me to say here... This is simply stunning. Partial abstraction, juxtaposition in size, light, and many other things... well, it's another one of your beautiful creations. So very AL.
Martha Albuquerque29-Jan-2007 18:52
Stunning bw, great compo, v
sebas veldhuisen29-Jan-2007 18:10
Wonderful! Beautifl contrast in a divine light. How can you take a picture when you are in a human chain ;-)
Eric Herbelin29-Jan-2007 16:55
so good, it looks they are standing in front of a poster.
Kathy Pedersen29-Jan-2007 14:53
Ai Li, this is a breathtaking shot, the way you captured the Taj is glorious! Voted
I must add the most beautiful words~
david procter29-Jan-2007 11:40
I agree with David. A totally silhouetted chain would lead to a very flat perspective. I like the chaotic dynamic that the extra details provide. Pearls in the same chain, but each one formed from a different grain.
Hope you feel better soon dear Ai Li.
David Grundy29-Jan-2007 11:26
I'd like to respond to something in Phil Douglis's earlier comment. Of course I don't know any more of what Ai Li intended with this shot than anyone else does. But to me, the fact that some - but not all - of the people are mere silhouettes is a great strength of this shot. As a marvellous, amazing result of the framing, the Taj Mahal floats, without context, as a great symbol. For me, this provides some sort of context & backdrop for the people. Then I can see some of these people as individuals, with discernible faces and expressions; these are examples of real people for whom a symbol might mean something. I like having these people in the shot, as it provides some sort of bridge for me between an abstract symbol and abstract people; without that bridge, the shot becomes so abstract that I wouldn't connect with it at all. Sure, I'd like it, but it would be a very different effect. I like the way the picture engages me as it stands.
fred_il29-Jan-2007 07:41
ltolksdorf29-Jan-2007 06:47
Great use of b&w and tele.
JD29-Jan-2007 04:56
This series is really brilliant, Ai Li. The recurent theme of echoing the architecture and the human body is very original and extremelly successful. I like also here the high contrast, that really gives an idea of purity and eternity to the Taj Mahal. Bravo.
Offer Goldfarb29-Jan-2007 02:50
A Masrerpiece !
De'Carr Studio29-Jan-2007 02:41
Stunning black/white, Al. Love the contrast. Vote
Adrian Reilly29-Jan-2007 00:56
love is ..................................... great words AL had to come back for another read n look
Phil Douglis28-Jan-2007 23:49
I like the concept of a human chain, Ai Li. I think that it might have been even more effective if you had been able to abstract all of these people as silhouettes. The whole point of using black and white in this image is to make the image more abstract. The handful of people at right who are silhouettes give us an inkling of what this image might have looked like if you had been able to find an entire line of backlighted subjects. The eye now goes to the person in the striped sweater, then to the recognizeable faces. Your use of all that blank sky is important here - normally I would warn against using a featureless sky in an image, but in this case, it creates a soaring overhead context for your idea of unlimited love.
Craig Persel28-Jan-2007 23:48
This is really fantastic. The crowd of "heads: and the repeating "tops" of the Taj is perfect. Vote.
Stu Egan28-Jan-2007 17:23
So good! Love all that empty space, and there's a great contrast between the anonymity of all those tourists compared to the well-known building.
beverley harrison28-Jan-2007 16:53
stunning image, love the dark foreground against the light background, perfectly presented!
Victoria28-Jan-2007 16:10
Wonderful & attractive place , nice shot..
Cindi Smith28-Jan-2007 16:07
Excellent and I is unlimited and universal! Wish that more people felt that way! V
Adrian Reilly28-Jan-2007 15:46
Stunning bw mix of minimalism. V
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