Photography Plus – Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (the Toy train) India 1995 – A photograph by Raghunath Rai (Chowdhry)

© Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (the Toy train) India 1995 – A photograph by Raghunath Rai / Magnum photos

Travel Robed in Dreams

Travel robed in dreams
Reflections in a window
Train wheels clacking grip

Raghunath Rai Chowdhry (1942 -), an Indian photographer and photojournalist. He took up photography in 1965, and the following year joined The Statesman newspaper as its chief photographer. Impressed by an exhibit of his work in Paris in 1971, Henri Cartier-Bresson nominated Rai to join Magnum Photos in 1977.

Rai left The Statesman in 1976 to work as picture editor for Sunday, a weekly news magazine published in Calcutta. He left in 1980 and worked as Picture Editor/Visualizer/Photographer for India Today, India’s leading news magazine, during its formative years. From 1982 to 1991, he worked on special issues and designs, contributing trailblazing picture essays on social, political and cultural themes, many of which became the talking point of the magazine.

In the last 18 years, Rai has specialized in extensive coverage of India. He has produced more than 18 books, including Raghu Rai’s Delhi, The Sikhs, Calcutta, Khajuraho, Taj Mahal, Tibet in Exile, India, and Mother Teresa.

Photograph Attribution © Raghunath Rai / Magnum photosDarjeeling Himalayan Railway (the Toy train) India 1995

Source Attribution https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/raghu-rai/

Haiku Attribution © Goff James, Travel Robed in Dreams

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Bio Reference Attribution © https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/raghu-rai/

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Photography – A Beginner’s Guide – Image and Message (2) – An article by Goff James

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Goff James, Beauty, 2017 (FL 50.00mm, Exp. 1/4, f/13, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Beauty 2, 2017, (FL 50.00mm, Exp. 1/4, f/13, ISO 3200)

This is the second article on Image and Message (Image and message 1.)As a beginner one needs now to develop ideas with regard to attempting to continue to develop narratives within the context of Still Life and symbolism.

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Goff James, Mimicry, 2017 (FL 50.00mm, Exp. 1/4 sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Waiting, 2017, (FL50.00mm, Exp. 1/4sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Blush, 2017, (FL50.00mm, Exp. 1/4sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Moonlight, 2017, (FL50.00mm, Exp. 1/4sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

Try selecting some objects to experiment with this week. Experiment with Manual Mode on the camera. It will provided one with a greater flexibility and also extend ones confidence and learning to use the camera.

Don’t be afraid of experimenting. Set up a simple still life. One can set it up inside or outside, then, with the objects that one has collected experiment with developing simple narratives.

Remember there is no right or wrong way of doing this. Experiment and gain confidence!. Don’t be afraid of making what one may think are mistakes. Mistakes are great teachers. Each error is a step forwards.

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Goff James, Stranger, 2017, (FL 50.00mm, Exp. 1/4, f/13, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Stranger 2, 2017, (FL 50.00mm, Exp. 1/4, f/13, ISO 3200)

Remember Low Key Lighting is a good place to start. Lighting, of course, is influenced by many variable factors; but try to control the lighting conditions, whichever type you choose, within the dedicated working space.

I particularly like the ambient atmosphere created by low light levels. There is a softness and subtlety to the end results.

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Goff James, Embrace, 2017, (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Embrace 2, 2017, (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

Regarding the selection of objects try and mix and match man made and organic objects. Working with the different objects; and, their many different juxtapositions permits one to create and develop new ideas with regards to narratives.

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Goff James, Break Up, 2017, (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Break Up 2, 2017, (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/10, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Seduction, 2017 (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/7.1, ISO3200)

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Goff James, Seduction 2, 2017 (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/7.1, ISO3200)

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Goff James, Violation, 2017 (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/7.1, ISO 3200)

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Goff James, Violation 2, 2017 (FL 39.00mm, Exp. 1/5sec, f/7.1, ISO 3200)

In the images I have used in this article I have deliberately given each image a title. Try to experiment with the possible varying tensions created either covertly or overtly within a narrative; that, may be or may be not present in an image; whether it be in black and white or in colour.

Don’t worry about the theory and trying to remember everything about how to take a photograph.

Don’t worry about what you might think is right or wrong in taking photographs.

 Make mistakes. Laugh. Have fun.

Remember the Auto Mode.

Experiment! Experiment! Experiment!

Happy Photography.

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