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Captured this image at Jalory Pass, Himanchal Pradesh, India.
A scene of a roadside dhaba [ where you get food water and beverage] son joins father to help him after the school.
Compulsions of Life
It is less a picture of father and son and more of the contemporary lower middle class and of their contentment despite the compulsions of life.

The tea vendor does not have a happy expression though not discontented. The boy should have been in school or playfield. He is compelled to learn his father’s trade and perhaps support him. His back turned to the ‘work’ and the lines on his forehead symbolise his dislike for it. The firewood smouldering in the stove without flames is a metaphor on the state of their lives.

The brightly lit middle of the frame with dark corners is an expression of the gloom having been overcome with contentment. The pyramid composition symbolises their doggedness. A very apt representation of the lower middle class.

Well, friends, this is one of encouraging comments which is compelling me to post my work on life
these words marvellously explain this picture.
i did get this impression by looking at the father’s face and the unlit log somewhat puzzled me. nice interpretation. the fire has gone out. new opportunities must come up for these children.

Nikon D200, Lens 18-70 at 18mm.ISO 200, Shutter 1/60, f3.4

Have a great day friends!
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  • Ellen van Deelen
    Ellen van Deelenabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful light here, and beautiful photo!

  • phil decocco
    phil decoccoabout 5 years ago

    I love everything about this tender looking scene…the composition, the tonal cast of light, and especially the sly grin on the boy.

  • RakeshSyal
    RakeshSyalabout 5 years ago

    Thank you Ellen and Phil!!

  • phil hemsley
    phil hemsleyabout 5 years ago

    Excellent composition and lighting – they look like interesting characters!

  • TaniaLosada
    TaniaLosadaabout 5 years ago

    Its one of the greatest photos i’ve ever seen!!!!

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 5 years ago

    Over-the-top perfection, Rakesh! Congrats on the feature.

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 5 years ago

    A simple life so beautifully and elegantly captured Rakesh!

  • gail anderson
    gail andersonabout 5 years ago

  • shawie
    shawieabout 5 years ago

    Lighting is incredibly beautiful here!! Huge Congratulations on your Feature!!

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