This image literally combines history with technology – and an interesting contrast of styles. I shot this in Calcutta (Kolkata) India, near the banks of the mighty Hooghly River, on a humid but misty morning in October 2006.
In the foreground is Prinsep Ghat, built to honour the East India Company’s James Prinsep, a scholar, historian and Member of Parliament. Born in 1799, Prinsep gained fame in more than one field and played a significant role as assay-master of the city’s mint, where he was credited with introducing uniform coinage.
This building with its 28 beautiful columns was erected by grateful citizens who wanted to honour his contribution to Raj-era India. For several decades, it stood in isolated splendour near the river – until the bridge in the background was built. Opened in 1992, the tollway, Vidyasagar Setu, is also known as the second Hooghly Bridge.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F11, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 45mm.