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Collection: Photo Essay 02 2015
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Sigma 35mm f1.4 DG HSM for Nikon
Date Uploaded: Mar 1, 2015

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I'm not entirely certain I can claim this as a photo essay, maybe more a documentary (again), but at least this collection of images were certainly part of a small project I undertook whilst visiting Kerala, Southern India in November 2014. The intention was that these should be included together.

The location is Fort Kochi. The history of this place is fascinating. I was sad to be there for only 24 hrs, as there was much to see and explore.

One of the areas I found to be particularly interesting was the area where much of the spice trading is done. Small warehouses packed full of pepper, ginger and other assorted spices. I spent an afternoon poking around with my camera (and came away with pockets full of fresh ginger) talking to the traders. I found that even though they were busy (there'd been fresh deliveries received this day) they were all happy (despite appearances!) to discuss with me and to let me take their portraits.

As said, I'm not sure it qualifies as an essay as such but...

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11/13/2015 09:01:36 PM
such a beautiful, vibrant series, as if you had relayed the power of the sun.
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03/11/2015 03:30:45 AM
I'm a day late and a dollar short getting to the commenting just now. Everything has been said and I agree with them all. Beautiful collection of portraits capturing a sense of time and place. I thoroughly enjoyed them all.
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03/10/2015 08:09:21 AM
beautiful portraits. you have a gift, indeed.
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03/07/2015 01:11:23 PM
I am amazed that you don't consider this as an essay - well, perhaps we should have titled all this as "Collections" instead of essays.

Had the privilege of seeing already some of these photographs and as I told you previously, felt like experiencing the "1001 Indian nights", the flavor, the sweetness and the harrowing stories also.
You seem to engage with the people and this relaxed relationship shows in your photographs.
I wish I could learn more of this country as seen by you.
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03/05/2015 03:01:35 PM
Drat! I knew there was a drawback to my taking my commenting on these essays one day at a time; it means that I have to agree with the bloke who agreed with Don. Third banana I am. Nevertheless, my comments, or really it's my purloining of their comments, are no less sincere for that. Hear, hear! and thank you.
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03/05/2015 01:08:21 AM
Don is spot on with how you have personalised these images showing your open and thoughtful interaction with these beautiful people. It says a lot about you, and it is a precious talent. It seems that you have reached their inner beauty and they have reciprocated, what a wonderful feeling that must have been. It is very much an essay, and a very good one at that.
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03/04/2015 02:49:22 PM
This is most certainly a photo essay. You've forced me to consider this as a genre of photography: the *un*candid street portrait. The contrast with mark wiley's essay could not be more apparent... it's the difference between unawareness and awareness. Mark gives us the peace of unconsciousness, you give us proud confrontation. There is a timeless quality to these photos. Any time in photographic history someone can be taken aside and photographed like this, but these are not "posed". Clearly, this is a respectful, honest interaction between two people, subject and photographer. You're on a fine line here, but you never lose your footing. They are aware enough to look you in the "eye" but not long enough to become self-conscious. The expressions are as varied as the people themselves, as though you've caught something essential about each person instead of having them act out your agenda.

Really, this collection stands up against any of the others here.
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03/03/2015 10:20:18 PM
Beautiful collection of environmental portraits. What's amazing is that you captured all these photographs during a 24 hour visit to Fort Kochi. I rarely ask to take somebody's picture so it's a treat to see this form of street photography. A very nice addition to the February photo essays. Your efforts have helped keep this side challenge going. Thanks
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03/03/2015 05:46:37 PM
A wonderful series of environmental portraits. Love the colors and faces -- and I can only image the smell of spices in the air.
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03/01/2015 05:40:00 PM
I am no expert on what is and what isn't an essay but this is certainly an entertaining and beautifully photographed collection of portraits. I seems to me that this is a perfect essay on the characters that inhabit the spice markets in Fort Kochi. And although I really like all of the images I particularly liked 7 and 9. I appreciate your sharing these with us.
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03/01/2015 05:13:25 PM
Beautiful, colorful and personal portraits, Sarah... I envy your travels and ability to capture life of the people. I'm wondering if a smell is attached to the colors (and smiles).
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