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Jatra 2

By mmz_khan    
Jatra is a popular folk-theatre form of Bengali theatre. A performer is performing in the stage...

This picture was taken at Rajshahi, Bangladesh.

Tags: Bangladesh Portraits and people Transsexual Hijra Jatra Rajshahi


paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2015 6:08AM
This one doesn't work. You are just too close and it is impossible to tell what is going on. You need more in to tell the story. I find myself looking at the out of focus figure of a man as the strongest part of the image.

PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
17 Jun 2015 6:34AM
However I see the women very clearly.. and that matters for me..
you have certainly given your heart to the image, Khan.. and what can you do if no one is ready to understand? Sad

seeing the back of the woman, I tend to get a little poetic.. women judge men thinking with reference to their understanding of the man's kind of love.. so a man should try to explain.. he is very adaptable and tries to think what he should he give to the women from his side.. sex does not matter here, much, now.. not much I mean.. because it is still virtual.. what matters is - care, love, value, attention, understanding, assurance of the love from women.. and for that reason, no one is much behind the other.. believe me - 'care, love, value, attention, understanding, assurance of the love from women' this is what really matters.. from the man's side.. and for that he will definitely find all the ways to express love.. everything.. and this he has been telling for so long..
and kindly also consider.. the man is more giver than a taker.. he is very caring.. and he will do everything from his side to make everyone equally happy.. all he wants to say it.. be strong! do not doubt!
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2015 7:55AM
It's an interesting observation, and the sort of off-beat interpretation of events that I appreciate. Such observations can show an entirely different aspect of public proceedings - more intimate, more personal. But it's a bit too busy, too many bits, too many lines and colours.

Just a suggestion: try cropping off the top of the frame - the necklace, bits of tied string, bangle. What remains, from left to right is: drum and hand; man looking away; performer's back; man looking away. Looking at it that way I also became aware of the woman in pink, peeping through... I might try b&w, because it's the colours as well as the bits that prevent me seeing the human story...

There could also be an interesting crop on the left - the cameo of drum, hand and the man in the striped teeshirt.

The main problem technically is that the shutter speed was too slow given that your dominant subject, the performer, is active not posing. This needed 1/100 second at the very slowest, I would feel happier with 1/200.

I would also like to tone down the highlights on that belt.

I shall go and have a play...
17 Jun 2015 8:32AM
Moira I like the 1st crop..... it makes the picture interesting...
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
17 Jun 2015 8:38AM
Thanks, I think it also implies the relationship with the audience better. I'm fascinated by images where the main protagonist's face is completely invisible, where we only see other people's responses...

Something else that these images convey is the 'otherness' of transsexual performers. And by the way it's the waist and the hairy arms that give him away... Wink

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