an early morning in a Sri lankan forest,
and im amongst a huddled group of toque macaques.
truck after truck of logging wood pass by,
a wave of collective guilt washes over me...
Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:43 am
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:23 pm

Wonderful Neelu !! I really do not know if that is hope but I see sadness in the eyes which perhaps has realized the threats of inhumanity. The other monkeys with their head down and looking the other way has immensely provided sense to what you have portrayed. This is the beauty of nature photography, no direct documentary kind of images of soldiers using their guns or dead children being dug out after a quake or explosion....nature speaks a silent language of imagination. Happiness in imagination or sadness in imagination or even the expressions of harshest realities in imaginations. At times I feel I do not need to see such harshness, my sadness or worries can not be justified by seeing women forced into prostitution with babies in their arms or photo-essays which show the sufferings of an HIV infected woman who for the sake of staying alive or for the sake of feeding her child had to force herself into satisfying hungry carnal desires. The power of a good nature image is that it can stay away from showing the harshness of realities but make a person travel through imaginations to understand the miseries around or even enjoy the subtle expressions of joy, trust and happiness which makes every one feel assured again. I hope I could explain. Nature images have more powerful and deeper connection directly with the mind. Lovely image once again....u have created a signature which is speaking volumes :-). Proud of u....

Nilanjan Das Photography

Commentby neelu on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:17 pm

Nilanjan tks. again ive been debating whether this image belongs in this forum or not? is it creative ? is it art?
it is literal, but then for me it spoke volumes, it stirred emotions, anger, resignation, helplessness, and yet the light on the eyes and its position amongst the others..signified hope.. and this image spoke on their behalf.. so here it is.

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:57 pm

Of course there is immense creation here Neelu ! Story telling eyes stand out against those heads - Very moving ..

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby Adithya Biloor on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:32 am

Very gripping image. Those eyes and head down monkeys.... A little more space in the bottom portion would have also added?

I remember discussion the difficulties in portraying the human emotions in nature images. We can relate eyes of macaque's with ours. This image becomes more powerful in that context too. Can a herd of egret where one is looking upwards and others looking downwards create the same impact?

Adithya Biloor

Commentby joy on Thu Nov 22, 2012 11:37 am

WOW, what an image you have created here Neelu. My interpretation of those eyes is a sense of loss, losing something irreplaceable.


Commentby neelu on Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:10 pm

Ganesh, Nilanjan, thank u for the reassurance.. i have been trying to portray emotions of mute animals, through the medium of imagery, to understand/interpret a language they do not speak and we do not listen,so conditioned are we..that language and sound/vocals go together...we need to read the silences.
nilanjan has elaborated the power of nature images..to .." understand the miseries", or "enjoy the subtle expressions of joy, trust and happiness " Of course every interpretation of an image is very subjective.

Aditya....absolutely agree with you, that its a lot easier to portray emotions in Primates, whose gestures are so humanlike. and we relate to in a jiffy.
would be challenging to do that with a flock of egrets..for sure..

Joy..tks... yes a sense of loss... a plea for mercy... a cry to stop.. a ray of hope..??

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Commentby bharath on Thu Nov 22, 2012 4:58 pm

Great expression, light, b&w processing and finally apt title, you have made a wonder image Neelu.


Commentby gyogesh on Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:33 pm

A strong image carrying strong emotions.. those turned back providing more impact to the one which is facing with all the emotions in his eyes.
TFS.. will remember this image for a long time for sure.


Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:38 pm

Brilliant one here, Neelu! The eyes are so expressive. You have managed to capture the emotions very well. TFS


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Commentby neelu on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Bharath, Yogesh, Prashanth, thank you,

i do believe i am lucky in being presented with some wonderful opportunities to shoot these images..