The banana lady

Posted by Chaitanya (Bangalore, India) on 22 September 2010 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Gorgeously yellow bananas, in their cane baskets, mounted on used tyres; tin boxes stacked alongside a closed shutter; an old bicycle and the lady resting her eyes on a warm and quiet afternoon in Gandhi Bazaar market.....
I just had to capture the scene.

k@ from Paris, France

Superb compo in this one - like yellow crowns and she's the queen of banana kingdom here, love the bicycle you included in the frame, love the tires, very original, and she's having a rest - didn't even feel your discreet presence. A very good street scene, tones are superb too.

22 Sep 2010 3:12pm

@k@: Thank you, Karine! She really does seem like the queen of the banana kingdom, marked by the banana fortress around her. Looking at the whole scene, including the bicycle, the tyres, etc., my eyes just lit up! I knew right then and there that this was going to be my next post.

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

nice capture :)

22 Sep 2010 3:12pm

@Shahryar: Thanks, Shahryar!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very lovely image . Lonely girl . So much bananas there; no customers !

22 Sep 2010 3:14pm

@MARIANA: Thanks, Mariana. Don't be fooled by the lack of customers. This was just after lunch (and hence the post lunch siesta) and the market doesn't see much action at that hour. But trust me, another couple of hours and the place would have been absolutely teeming with customers. It's one of the busiest produce markets in the city. I certainly wouldn't have been able to take this picture had I been there later in the day.

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Lovely documentary shot !!! Stunning colors and a beautiful scene indeed.

22 Sep 2010 4:51pm

@DowsherVision: Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it.

Becky from los angeles, United States

a fabulous scene - just wonderful!!

22 Sep 2010 5:20pm

@Becky: thanks, Becky.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

hey, thanks for your story, but I d not like to read stories if I see a picture . Your picture simply show a woamkn , sleeping , with million bananas around her , with no customers around . and I like this story what I see in a picture .

no need to write your explanation . let your picture to speak itself . that is what pictures are .

22 Sep 2010 5:31pm

@MARIANA: Point noted, Mariana. I was just trying to put into words the scene later in the day. Anyway, I apologize for possibly ruining the picture and its story....

k@ from Paris, France

Ha, love the "banana fortress" expression, it's exactly that, thank you... (and did you see the crown drawn in yellow over the tire ? She's the Queen of the market for sure). See you, dear*

22 Sep 2010 6:20pm

@k@: Ha ha!! The crown. I must admit that I did not notice that. Great eye! That marks the 'crowning glory' of this picture for me! :D Bonsoir, Karine!

k@ from Paris, France

;)) Remind me of Basquiat (the painter) who often put a crown (like a signature) on his paintings, like Here for example.

22 Sep 2010 6:41pm

@k@: You're so incredibly observant! Thank you so much for sharing that link. I didn't know about Basquiat until you introduced me to him, just now. (Jean-Michel Basquiat, I see, after googling him up). Very interesting graffitis. Thanks again. It's great to learn about such artists.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

you do not understand .

once again - let your picture speak :))

your words are not needed in your reply .

22 Sep 2010 6:41pm

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

A way of life for her, probably she has done this for years..? Lovely shot of the Bananas, I just fancy one right now.

22 Sep 2010 11:08pm

@Michael: Thanks, Michael! If this picture made you want to have a banana, then I'll take it that it has served its purpose ;)

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

I love those scenes !

24 Sep 2010 4:11pm

@Annierita & Annisabelle: Thank you very much.

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