Vibrant Bangladesh !!! By Siddhartha Kundu

Vibrant Bangladesh !!!

By Siddhartha Kundu

Hi Brandon & Steve,

I am from New Delhi, India and a fan of your blog. I visit the your site every day whether on my phone or my computer. The photos posted in your site are truly amazing and have inspired me into the challenging world of street photography. Well .. to me street photography is pretty difficult and I am still learning. I have attached some photographs during my stay in Bangladesh in 2011-12. Bangladesh is a small country (144,000 sq. km) neighbouring east of India. With a population of over 163 millions it is one of the most densely populated countries. While 30% of Bangladeshi’s live below poverty line, it is one of the largest producers of ready-made garments. Most of the big fashion labels source their products from Bangladesh,

I was based in the capital city Dhaka, which is a photographer’s paradise. Streets with rickshaws, hand carts, dented buses and obviously masses of people. While it is very difficult to walk around with a DSLR (& lenses like 70-200) without drawing attention but people are quite friendly to expats. The attached photographs were taken with my old 5Dm2 & lenses like 70-200 & 24-70 L. My dream set up is obviously a Leica M + 50 Lux which I cannot afford as of now.

Some of my photographs can also be found at : http://www.siddharth-kundu.com

Thanking you

Regards

Siddharth

Photo 1: Alms

Canon 5Dm2 / 70-200 1.8L IS 1 F: 3.5 1/250s 

Converted to BW with VSCO Slide (Agfa

Photo1

Photo 2: A Rickshaw Man

Canon 5Dm2 / 70-200 1.8L IS 1 F: 4.5 1/160s

Converted using VSCO Slide (Kodak E200)

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Photo 3: Welcome to my shop

Canon 5Dm2 / 24-70 2.8L1 F: 2.8 / 1/30s

Converted using VSCO Slide (Kodak E200)

Photo3

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15 Comments

  1. M Mil,
    I am afraid fellow that I will not agree with you.
    First if you do not like the photo just say it and if you feel like it explain the reasoning, but do not try to put the blame on the others.
    Personally I like this photo and I find it beautiful. Why? It has a nice perspective. Siddhartha isolated the three children in a special way. They are functioning in their mizery at the right side of the street and they coexist each one secluded in his own world. The youngest one in his innocence is playing with the bottle paying no attention to the other two. The middle one has a position reminding of a teaching guru, his hand is caught in an expressive manner implying that he says something in a conversation that is going on. The last one on the right, probably the oldest, exposes a body position that implies that either he listens to the other one or he is somehow distant. Three children in the mizery of a street in Bangladesh make us think a lot, as the feet of the ones passing by form a background in the shape of what these children see for the biggest part of their “working” day, from that low level.
    That’s what I see. I see a composition made with tenderness and care by a photographer that seems to know the hardships of everyday life well. For all of those elaborated above I find the photo beautiful. Tecnically wise I would prefer it more contrasty or probably I would have edited it in a different way. But this is a matter of personal taste. The photograph is beautifull on its own merits.
    Where do you find the hypocricy? I guess you just looked at it but you didn’t see.
    Everything in the world is not full of punchy colours and happiness. Photography technique is not about straightforward capture of the moment. Photography intrigues, provokes, motivates, to look, to see, to search deeper, to thoroughly think. Each photograph is a proposal by the photographer to the viewer. You can decline it, you can like it, you can keep it and re-examine it. As the time passes by the photograph will not be the same, because we change and any specific photo is changing with us. Think about it.
    Best regards,
    Dimitris V. Georgopoulos
    Photographer at Large
    Athens, Greece

    • Dimitris,
      I don’t like the composition. This picture #1 is taken with a telephoto from far away. We only see the backs of the human beings. (Btw. it’s obvious they’re not all children. Look again.)
      What is the difference between taking a photo like this and taking pictures of animals on a safari? Think about it.
      And the title of the post with the word ‘vibrant’ doesn’t help either in this context.
      I’d say: Give the poor and suffering a human face (literally!) and treat them like human beings and not just like subjects of a picture to earn comments like ‘great shot’.
      Siddhartha, please think about it. My suggestion: Take a 35mm and then you have to get really close to the subjects of your photos. But even then you have to interact with them to get a photo that really shows the human condition. Don’t stop at taking safari shots. Talk to your subjects. And maybe then you’ll skip some photos, but it’s ok.
      One question about #2 and #3: Is there a reason why there’s so much space above the heads of the subjects? Why not compose different?
      M.

  2. I honestly think someone who could say “beautiful” about the top picture may lack the sense of hypocrisy.

  3. Thanks guys for all your kind words..The fantastic photos Steve & you all post on this site have inspired me..
    Regarding Leica..I fell in love with it after playing around with a friend’s M9 (& not mention all of your posts here) ..hence probably would like to own a M240 in future..(Actually turns out I have to sell my entire DSLR gear to buy the M240 + 50 Lux or 35 Lux)
    Now 24-70 2.8L II & the 85 1.2L II are my favourite lenses for my 5Dm3..Heavy but enjoying my gear!!

  4. Very nice images Siddharta, and beautiful colours. As for the gear thing: have you ever considered just putting a 35mm on your 5Dmk2 (or a 24 or 28, and a 50 in your pocket) instead of a zoom? Weight and bulk would be less, and you’d be forced to think about composition more. You could for instance stop walking once you see a potentially interesting scene, watch how it evolves, think about the best possible viewpoint etc.
    Let me/us know what you think; that 5Dmk2 is not lacking in any way, just concentrate on capturing images!

  5. Well, if you can have great results with what someone would call “massive gear”, you really don’t need a Leica: you have something of a gift, don’t waste it concentrating on cameras if you are at ease with what you have now!!!

  6. Siddhartha I have 2 Leica M cameras digital and film, Summilux and Summicron lenses I upgraded from the 5D2 and 24-70 L and to tell you the truth I sometimes wish I hadn’t. Your images are better than most Leica M posts I have seen on this site, don’t believe all the hype with these modern cameras a lot of it is rubbish there is not a huge difference between the files of Leica, Nikon, Canon, and Fuji top end cameras, in fact it really comes down to color rendering preferences. Your images are excellent.

  7. Excellent work! It feels like watching a story unfold which is exactly what great photographs do. Compliments on the the processing, too.

  8. Beautifull pictures. I also had a look in your site where I also had the chance of looking at even more beautifull pictures. You have a special eye and I think that you do not need a Leica. A Leica needs you.
    Wish you all the best.
    Dimitris V. Georgopoulos
    Photographer at Large
    Athens, Greece.

  9. Kundu-da, chhobi gulo byapok!
    It’s really difficult to shoot street with such a massive gear.
    Steve and others kinda convinced me to sell of my D800 and the whole lot of Nikon gear for an OM-D EM1 and a Fuji X-T1. I hardly miss a thing and my back is more grateful to me

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