Outside the Madrassa

Agra proved to be a great location for photography and although India is a truly colourful culture, monochrome images say more about the timeless quality of the country. They also feel to be a more powerful document of time and place. When unencumbered by the specific details of the moment and so without colour, they become iconic and generic at the same time.

This particular image resonates with me for the diverse expressions and postures of this group as they stand outside their school at the end of the afternoon. I have retained that glimpse inside the madrassa from where an adult  is looking at us guardedly, because he reinforces the adult-child relationship and also because it helps to balance the composition.

In one sense this pictures is about rhythms; rhythms of placement, division and gesture: but also the rhythms of life.

Outside the Madrassa

Author: smithiesshutter

Writer and Photographer based in S W Scotland. Contact at smithiesshutter.gmail.com Please respect the copyright of all material shown here.

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