Monday Motivator – Sacred Waters

November 25th, 2013 at 10:05 am by Richard Hume

Monday Motivator 4

Legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined a phrase – Le moment decisif / The decisive moment – which I loved from  the moment I heard it. I have carried it with me in all my photographic travels as it encapsulates all the elements that come together in the moment when you press the shutter to capture a photograph. This was particularly the case with Cartier-Bresson’s amazing people photography.

For me all the elements of the decisive moment came together in the extraordinary ancient Indian city of Varanasi where I captured this photograph ‘Sacred Waters’. It was an experience I will never forget as I sat by the River Ganges at sun rise and watched as these incredibly devoted worshippers made their way to the Ghats and into the sacred waters of the river. As an outsider it was an incredible scene to witness and I felt extra privileged to be able to capture a little of the essence of this timeless ritual on film.

This photograph was captured in a single frame with a half second exposure on Fuji Velvia 50 ASA film at f32.

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Cheers

Richard [richardhume.com]

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19 Responses to “Monday Motivator – Sacred Waters”

  1. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    A picture of over population. This is why we need to limit immigration

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  2. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    India is huge. So is America.

    you can drive for three days in Texas alone and still see desert.

    There’s plenty of room. Over population is a myth.

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  3. Dave Mann (1,190 comments) says:

    @martinh: you’re a brainwashed fuckwit, frankly.

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  4. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    Dave, you obviously have not being there and seeing the disease and poverty from overpopulation so frankly up yours

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  5. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    wiki
    Im sure youd love to live in a desert in texas with all the resources there to sustain life

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  6. Tom Jackson (2,519 comments) says:

    He didn’t coin the idea.

    The Greeks called it the “kairos”.

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  7. davidp (3,557 comments) says:

    I don’t understand the decisive moment claim with regard to this photograph. Decisive moment photos generally share something unexpected that draws the eye, or feature an event that isn’t posed and lasts just an instant. There isn’t anything like that in this image, which is just a muddle of people in my opinion.

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  8. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    davidp.
    maybe the decisive moment was a guy walking down the steps in black budgie smugglers

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  9. MH (690 comments) says:

    could easily be mistaken for Eden Park- All Whites playing Fiji fund raising to alleviate the effects of Global warming in Nepal.

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  10. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    Ive been and seen it at Varanasi, about 6 hours south of Delhi…people wallowing in sewage , dead bodies , dead animals , putrid water from hundreds of tanneries that line the Ganges..and they brush their teeth in it !! We couldnt get out of there quick enough.

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  11. lolitasbrother (588 comments) says:

    Rubbish Hume.
    the decisive moment is over ten years ago.
    Switch camera to motor drive and stop thinking drivel artistic crap
    the photo is determined by the best one of hundreds.
    if you don’t know that get off

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  12. Dave Mann (1,190 comments) says:

    Dave, you obviously have not being there and seeing the disease and poverty from overpopulation so frankly up yours

    actually, martinh, I have traveled extensively through India and I have been very close to where that pic was taken (at Varanasi, I think), my wife is Indian and I can speak enough Hindi to get the meaning and take part, at a rudimentary level, in conversation. Although I am an atheist, I lean towards Buddhism and I have an extensive knowledge of Indian spirituality. I can say definitely that this excellent image is NOT “a picture of overpopulation”.

    (Yes, Liabor…. you DO have a point, though! :D)

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  13. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    Dave
    How nice to have a nice trip and have an indian wife
    So you would drink from that river?
    Sounds like their sewerage system cant handle their population to me

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  14. davidp (3,557 comments) says:

    liarbors a joke>Ive been and seen it at Varanasi, about 6 hours south of Delhi…people wallowing in sewage , dead bodies , dead animals , putrid water from hundreds of tanneries that line the Ganges..and they brush their teeth in it !! We couldnt get out of there quick enough.

    So it’s a bit like Hamilton then?

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  15. Dave Mann (1,190 comments) says:

    No martinh I wouldn’t drink from the Ganges at that point (but I have drunk from the Ganges further up at Harduar (as a bet). My point is that India doesn’t suffer from overpopulation. India suffers from governmental and private sector inefficiency, overbearing bureaucracy, poor poor education (but this is improving) and an almost universal culture of corruption. If you could magically reduce the population by half overnight, it would still be much the same. Population is not the problem in the world. Look at the Netherlands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan….. all of which have a population density FAR higher than India.

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  16. Dave Mann (1,190 comments) says:

    @ martinh: Sorry, I was being unnecessarily rude when I called you a fuckwit and I retract that, sorry. I think that, like a huge percentage of people, your opinion on population has been influenced by neo-Malthusian propaganda and is not necessarily in accord with the facts. :)

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  17. beautox (437 comments) says:

    Sorry but what is this talk of “decisive moment”..how does the moment you captured differ from the moment before it? Or the one before that? Or the one after. etc. etc. Now if you had actually captured something *happening* … but basically India just looks like this, pretty much everywhere. I know. I had the misfortune to work there periodically. (nothing like working in a country to remove the tourist-goggles)

    One last quibble – why f32 and 1/2 sec? Both seem designed to reduce sharpness. You don’t get better depth of field with f32 – all you get is diffraction that blurs everything. And 1/2 sec for people shot?

    Lastly, why only post a thumbnail? Clicking on the thumbnail in the post shows the exact same thumbnail. 183 pixels high is not much. I know that you make a higher res version available, so why not link the thumbnail click to that?

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  18. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    no worries dave, thanks for the apology.

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  19. Dave Mann (1,190 comments) says:

    Very good, beautox! :D

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