Photographer's Note

Benaras, Banaras, Kashi or Varanasi is one of the most iconic & sacred places of India. Unlike most other holy India cities, Varanasi is a unique package for spirituality and devotion. Since its inception it is rightly called as the 'Religious Capital of Hinduism'. Written records as contained in the Mahabharata and other ancient epics mention its existence at least 3000 years old. Varanasi is most famous for its sacred ghats along the River Ganga. The ghats are the steps leading to the to the river, built by kings, businessmen after whom they have been named. Starting from chanting at these ghats early in the morning, before sunrise, thousands of people and sadhus are seen performing the ritual of surya namaskar on these ghats. It is believed that people are cleansed mentally, physically and spiritually at these ghats. There are more than 85 ghats along side the Ganga river in Varanasi. The ghats also function as a place of bathing and ceremonial cleansing.

Varanasi is a photographers paradiseWith my limited capabilities in this field, Varanasi presented an unique opportunity for me to learn this art. My quest was to see & show this oft photographed city slightly differentlyyet keeping the basic soul of this place intact.

I took this photograph near Bhosale Ghat, which lies towards the end of the row of Ghats, near the Alamgir Mosque. Because of their fringe location, these ghats are relatively empty & not much photographed.

I tried to take the shot using two compositional elements - the steps of the ghats as a converging perspective & the hanging red cloth as a focal point. Your views are welcome regarding the success of my venture.

I wonder what the cylindrical structure was...a WC? Was the Red Cloth slung as a 'Beware' sign? Maybe!

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