This was my first image to get 500+ views since I joined Red Bubble in May 2009 – but, interestingly enough, not the first to get 1,000+ views or even 1,500 views!
This depiction of two hand-crafted Buddhist prayer wheels was shot inside a shop called Chamba Lama in the New Market, Calcutta, in mid-October, 2006.
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There was a nostalgic element here, because I went to school in the Himalayan town of Darjeeling, where it was commonplace to see wizened old Tibetan men and women with beautiful creased and lined faces, lips moving in reverence as their hands twirled their prayer wheels.
The wheels are held in one hand and the tops rotate slowly and rhythmically as prayers are offered. On the metallic scroll closest to the camera, you can actually see the Sanskrit lettering that spells out the all-powerful incantation “Om”.
This was one of a series of four shots taken in tricky lighting – but it has a slight edge over the other images, because of the depth of field and the presence of the second prayer wheel in the mid-frame area .
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F5.6, 1/10 sec, ISO 800, focal length 78mm.
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