River light in black and white

by Eckhard Bick December. 24, 2016 1678 views

I got up an hour before sunrise, to watch the monks worship at Assi Ghat, then hiked the length of Varanasi's holy riverfront, enjoying the rising gold of morning. When the clear light of a strong Indian December sun took over, I turned to black and white.

Lines and rows. Lines of linnen, rows of rowing.

Not a riksha, but an ordinary bike. Lost on the stairs of Ganges, where all other transport is by boat or foot.

Pilgrims preparing. Washing themselves and their clothes. Barbering. Being.

Feeding on the pilgrims, and a few tourists.

When evening came, black and white was all there was. With a soft touch of a rising moon, and an oil-painting velvetiness dampening my shots.

Not a European moon, it hangs at a different angle, but still the same mountains and craters silhoueted at the terminator, where black eats white.

Low light in the temple garden. The shadow of buddha touching the lotus eye of Vishnu.

After the Puja Aarti, candle offerings on the holy river. Ganges lights, not black and white. A prophecy of morning.

Join the conversation
There are 8 comments , add yours!
Ellen Bartholomew 4 years, 5 months ago

This is my type of photography! these are so amazing! I love all the drama the black and white photographs have!

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Eckhard Bick Replied to Ellen Bartholomew 4 years, 5 months ago

Ok, looks like some common ground :) ... Actually, I registered for this blog because of a booklet illustration task, where they wanted ONLY black and white. Which was kind of fun (https://www.photoblog.com/eckhard/2016/11/13/thinking-black-and-white-2/)

4 years, 5 months ago Edited
Dinaana Mh 4 years, 7 months ago

the B&W ones are amazing. Love the first one, definitely going into my favorites :)

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Eckhard Bick Replied to Dinaana Mh 4 years, 7 months ago

Thanks :) ! I'm glad you like the black & white, sometimes I feel like I'm forced into black and white by the light, especially counterlight

4 years, 7 months ago Edited
Becky Brannon 4 years, 8 months ago

#7 - really appreciate that it is like 2 photos in one!

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Eckhard Bick Replied to Becky Brannon 4 years, 8 months ago

Yes, possibly even two religions :)

4 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Brilliant series....love the way you "see" things and your poetic impressions....

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ram Ya 4 years, 9 months ago

#4 Love the energy of this shot! Great in Black and White
Thanks for sharing a glimpse of this beautiful land with us :)

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Copyright @Photoblog.com