Shav­ing grace

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Postcards - Louise Wal­dron from Peter­bor­ough spent a week in Kolkata

I was on a pho­tog­ra­phy work­shop in Kolkata when I vis­ited Ku­mar­tuli, the tra­di­tional pot­ters’ quar­ter where crafts­men sculpt idols from lo­cal clay. I first fo­cused on the pot­ters and their deities, but was soon drawn to the colour­ful lanes and their fas­ci­nat­ing glimpse of daily life. I wit­nessed the morn­ing rit­u­als of wash­ing and shav­ing, women hang­ing clothes, and chil­dren and dogs scam­per­ing by. I ob­served this man for a while be­fore de­cid­ing to take a shot. The painted walls and sim­ple ac­tiv­ity of­fered a vi­gnette of calm amid Kolkata’s chaos; it was the per­fect mo­ment, and re­minds me of a city that stays in my heart and mind.

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