Photographer's Note

I never quite understood why I always liked this one so much, so I am very curious about you may say about it.

As most of my scans, this is a pale resemblance of the original Ektachrome slide.

I guess that the place where it was shot doesn't need any presentation. This was one of the places that impressed me the most for its beauty and atmosphere. It is just beautiful in a way that goes beyond anything I could have imagined and although the story that it is the most beautiful construction ever constructed by men may sound like touristic propaganda, I tend to believe it is true. The year before I had met a Dutch couple in Kathmandu that I can say became my friends after several long dinners chatting. I was so impressed by the way they talked about the Taj in a so passionate way and at the same time so meaninglessly that I suddenly decided that my next big trip would be India and I had to check the cause of all of that enthusiasm. I was quite curious and I doubted that I could feel as impressed as they were. I only understood what they meant when I entered the compound and saw the place. One of the things not known by much people is that Agra is one of the ugliest towns you can imagine - a friend of mine accurately described it as "a dump with two of the most beautiful monuments on Earth" (the other one being the Agra Fort). From the minute I drop out of the train until I entered the gardens, I couldn't stop thinking that it was impossible that such beauty that we see in the photos could actually exist in such an ugly context.

Location (latitude, longitude): 27.17489,78.04242

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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