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Posted by  Gray herself. on September 24, 2002 at 23:19:55:

In Reply to:  jaiselmer.jpg posted by Gray on September 14, 2002 at 14:12:17:

this is on the route going up, towards the fort of Jaiselmer, which is a living fort-city, built entirely of the local yellow sandstone. the journey up takes a lot of turns and touts, and this was one of the turns that completely made you forget as to where you were reaching, the sense of approach is only guided by the smaller gates and chokis that came along the way and if it were'nt for the fortifications, you'd feel very out of place, i think.
i chose some dull colours that reveal a 'hot dusty boiling afternoon colors' of Rajasthan, the importance of religion in almost all the places in india is tried to symbolise by the small red patch in one of the niches in the gate. these sort of transition spaces (in india) have a sense of quietitude, as against the bazaars that have a very chaotic, loud and disordered air to them. i interpreted the sense of the space as a person's own space and time for reverie, and that's what i tried to express here, but it's not that apparent, if i think about it, now.
the place (rajasthan) also has a very colourful character, as it is usually in all arid areas, in clothes and in culture, i mean. the people reflect that and give a sense of scale to the entire visual field.
i would appreciate some comments, thanks.

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