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Its a pity that most of the foreigners who come to India and take pictures of the poor and portray India to the world as poor country - Every time I see these pictures of the less fortunates I am disgusted at the photographers- they should at least try to look at the other side of India as well.
Really wonderful work, you captured so much in all of these photos.
I was touched seeing the images in this Gallery. Shortly after seeing these photos, I watched a program by worldvision
and decided that I should do something on my part & have opted to sponsor a child.
Praise, Comments and Advice
Superb gallery indeed, Ira.
However, this portfolio is not exactly true to its title. These are almost all portraits and are probably taken in one location or multiple locations with very similar conditions and looks. Your title "India, land of beauty and despair" is much bigger in scope and ambition. Hence I was looking for a more balanced portfolio. At the same time these pictures are of the higest quality. One of the best I have seen. I would have used this gallery as a chapter of a bigger and broader album on India.
Now I will take this opportunity to give a little advice to all the well inetended and exceptionally talented photographers who go to India. Please try your best to capture the entire spectrum of the place you are visiting. Read the history of the place, do some homework on the culture, the idisyncracies of the people, the socio-political uniqueness, the customs, the heritage. India, even a city in India, is too overwhelming to completely capture with the camera. Work on a theme or mutiple themes. Just like you use many elements within a picture to make up the picture, use multiple pictures as elements to build a gallery of that theme. Fiercly stay on message. Trust me, even within the narrow framework of a theme, you will get plenty opportunities to take amazing pictures. Otherwise, as brilliant as each picture may be, overall the gallery may look superficial, gratuitous and sensational, especially to people who live/lived there. Study the work of photographers like Raghu Rai, and keep your shutters clicking.
Once again Ira, your pictuers are simply outstanding although I may have some reservation against your title.
Thanks and regards
There is as much despair in India as a country as there is in USA or the rest of the world-poverty is NOT the signature of India as being depicted here-if you go to the poorer section of any country,you'll find similar faces.I am amazed that people in "so-called" developed countries,still want to think of India as "The land of Snakes & Beggars".Well, please do try & take a look at the poorer section of your own country,if you would.I'm sure you'll find as much beauty & despair there,too.
india is what it is,camera is what one can capture for real,yet the world is divided into the fortunate and the less fortunate,about lands that can be travelled by travellers coming from west,about people that can be photographed,about victims,
i cannot comment saying "oh!its nice work!".I appreciate your attitudes,talents,skill and craft,yet often feel we are a minority,india is just opposite of west,a land still not longing for a change,yet questions people have,is the world changed much,yes the "looks and feel "have changed,about indians going abroad,about westernised indians wandering in the youth of materialist values,about despair of hope,about victims.Your photographs reveal about history and documentation of losers of todays world History.Wish we can do postive things that can be more in magnitude to bring changes that are not too western or too luxurious,but very humane.
Nice gallery with some very nice potraits.
Stunningly beautiful images that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for allowing me to look into these faces.
I am so glad I stumbled on your gallery- very sad stories here, but stories that need telling. thank you.
Thank you for sharing these photos with us. Though some my hurt the heart, they all open our eyes. Voting for this wonderful documentary!
An emotional roller coaster.
We as humans can do so much better than this for all children.
Shame on us!!!!
Yes, I see it! The despair. We scratch our head, we let out a tear, we are upset, we are shocked, we are helpless, we are human, too many of us. Thanks for sharing.
Viewing this gallery I found sorrow, happiness, despair and loneliness. I can't help but feel the power of these images pull me to a reality that I've never seen or felt before. This was truly and adventure, even if it's through Ira's eyes. Well Done Ira.
Photojournalism as its meanest and ugliest -- but also at its best. Superb effort.
Nice photos but I would take the first photo off (the naked child). This is offensive and may well be being downloaded by peadophiles. I hope you understand.
Manuel Libres Librodo Jr.
What do you mean "not impressive" gallery? These are marvelous phottos! Straight from the camera unlike mine that is post-processed. Each pair of eyes are straing abck at me telling a thousand and one stories. Great work. Voted.
Ira, these images are heartbreaking. I am reduced to tears and really don't know what else I can say, at the moment I think I can only say a prayer for these children . You are brave for your courage and ability to put this gallery together. I could never do so. You told the story with these images, like no words ever could.
Ira, I am stunned and amazed with your galleries of this trip. A real insight into life in a part of the world where poverty is all most people ever know. Absolutely great images!
Real as the life is!!!!. Great gallery. Congratulations.
This is a very powerfull gallery. Well done!
You have managed to capture the essence of the 3rd world. It makes us realize how fortunate we are...
Stunning. No, not in that way, the other way.
The respect, Ira, it iss the first feeling when i saw this gallery.
Technique is great but without respect you can't have great portrait.
This an amazing collection of respect portrait here
Bravo my friend for sharing that
Most of these photos don't tell any story Ira.
Like great photos do, they are the story themselves.
You could see what people can't see, and that's why your photos are full of stories, how amazing! I am envious... this is travel photography at its best!
Ira , touching photos indeed !!, but you have failed to mention to the audience that these photos are from the MUSLIM GHETO's of India . Now I am tempted to walk into your US GHETO's (black & Hispanic )with my camera and post some photos here .But I am afraid if I will walk out alive , I might get killed for my 100Euro camera or for my Nike Shoes . That is the difference between India and US , a lolliPop will take you a long way ;-)
Another touching gallery, Ira. I heard last night that for the cost of one CD you could send a child to school for a year. If everyone could give a little more than that, maybe this wouldn't have to exist.
A lucky but not better one
You showed one side of India. There is another one as well. However, poverty rules there. It is sad that there is so much food an money in the world that everybody could live decent life. It is through greed of so few, that so many suffer. My best friend, who is Indian, tell me not to vist his country. His parents never returned there either living a better life in the USA.
I am very sad to see these images!
These kind souls are what makes India so different, enduring, and strong. The ultimate melting pot of a free nation.
Yes, desperately poor, but kind and giving. This the beauty of India.
Powerful documentary and reality seen here. Great expressions on the children.
Wonderful, wonderful photos, they really made my day. Thans so much for sharing - I will be back here, hoping for more updates in the future!
A very nice enlarging view on India, Ira, with reholded colors fitting your target and a lot of portraits, very well done.
The gallery is quite difficult to view. I admire your courage in capturing these stories for us.
A vote so others may see.
I have had many Indian friends tell of the conditions in India, but your pictures really brought it into focus for me. Thank you very much.
Your eye Ira is in all these photos. Through your eyes travel us there in such far away places. Thanks! Voted.
Ira -- this is an unbelievable gallery......some of the best work I have seen on Pbase. I really cannot write much, because the images speak for themselves. Incredible.
i love the title of your gallery
living in the United States we are shielded from this side of India. we only see the beauty and rarely the despair. thank you for opening my eyes.
Impressive photos! Those people need to be saved!
Every picture worth more than one thousand words ! thanks Ira
What I really like here is your insistence on faces and on the eye-contact Ira, as in an effort of giving them a voice.
Well said KK. Everyone in the country that appeared to be relatively well off seemed to be trying to run some kind of scam. Among the poor I found nothing but kindness. When walking through their villages they were quick to offer me a seat to rest or a cup of tea to drink. I sensed that they believed kindness towards others pays itself back. Let's hope they are right.
Actually, india is a democracy country already, they have right to vote and choose their own government but the government is too corrupt and the people dont have enough knowledge to use their democracy power at all. Any parties can provide free food for the people, people will vote for that party as government, cos most of the people dont even have enough food or clean water for living...but people there are so nice and innocent.
They need democracy. A little war will help them...
You did a great job on these,Ira! My vote.
I think you have really touched India and have posted an entire picture of true India.
I really like the choice of subjects, colors and everyday life of hundred of millions of Indians.
I would invite Bollywood (Bombay Film Industry) to see these images.
These images can really leave an ever lasting mark on anyone's heart.
Once again a gerat set.....
As our PBase reporter on the scene, you did a yeoman's job Ira. Kudos!
Excellent work Ira. You sure brought a story here to Pbase.
Compelling images here -- helps to remind us of our common humanity
Gus & Gerry Toole
It's great to have you back Ira. I'm frankly not sure I can aptly express the depth of emotion conveyed in these photos; simply profound - and expertly done. Thanks for this.
Excellent environmental portraits!! Welcome back, big guy -Sam
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