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This image was shot in Kolkata, India, during the festive Puja season in October 2006.

I was walking up a set of stairs towards an office when I noticed these devotional decorations carefully Sellotaped to the upright portion of each stair. The light wasn’t the best, but the gold tassels were so outstanding that I just had to get a shot.

As I lined up this frame, I made sure to orient it in such a way that the subtle reflection in the surface of the dark stairs would also be seen, to the point where it started to fade away.

The Puja season, just before the onset of cooler weather, honours Hindu gods and goddesses.

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, 1/250 sec, ISO 200 and focal length 125mm.



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  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful image David and a great reflection – David

  • Thanks you, David. I guess the credit goes to the artisan who actually crafted this piece of art. I am merely the humble facilitator!

    – David McMahon

  • Helene Henderson
    Helene Hendersonalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot, David!

  • Thanks so much Helene. I’m so glad you liked it.

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 5 years ago

    Reminds me of Durga Puja!

  • Hi Indrani, yes, it was taken at Durga Puja. This was actually shot in South Calcutta.

    – David McMahon

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghosealmost 5 years ago

    Yes, now I see, shot during Puja.
    Lovely shot, it can make any Bengali feel home-sick. :)

  • Yes, Indrani, you’re right. It conjures up great memories of Pujas past.

    – David McMahon

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 2 years ago

    Very nice……..;-))

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterover 2 years ago

    Congratulations David. Excellent capture.

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