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Dhobi Ghat near Banganga Tank

Dhobi Ghat near Banganga Tank
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Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4554 W: 17 N: 10827] (44054)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-01-06
Categories: Daily Life
Exposure: f/0.1, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-06-13 13:07
Viewed: 1064
Points: 50
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Mumbai - Dhobi Ghat near Banganga Tank

Back in Mumbai and visiting another dhobi ghat (a place in open air where large quantities of dirty laundry is cleaned).
(I stayed in Mumbai at the beginning and at the end of my journey. My photos of Mumbai, however, are not shown in chronological order.)

A few weeks ago I showed some pictures of the very large Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. This one here is much smaller and located near the Banganga Tank. I don’t know the name, probably Banganga Dhobi Ghat ...
There are numerous dhobi ghats in Mumbai.
Again, I was kindly welcomed and I could take pictures of what I wanted.

Of course it’s very important that the dhobi ghat is able to return all the garments and bedding items to the right owners.
Judging from the picture in the workshop, I really wonder how they do it.
But in India everyone agrees it never causes problems.

holmertz, ikeharel, jemaflor, papagolf21, Fis2, jhm, Royaldevon, COSTANTINO, pajaran, ChrisJ, danos, mkamionka, Cricri, PiotrF, macjake has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To lousat: a bit similar ... seen from farPaulVDV 2 2018-06-13 02:37
To holmertz: a blue hour photoPaulVDV 4 2018-06-14 12:01
To Royaldevon: no work visa :)PaulVDV 1 2018-06-14 12:54
To mkamionka: considerationsPaulVDV 1 2018-06-16 11:51
To macjake: not much smellPaulVDV 1 2018-06-20 10:24
To rychem: into the seaPaulVDV 1 2018-06-24 11:13
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Ciao Paul, lovely daily life composition, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12316 W: 126 N: 22223] (113151)
  • [2018-06-13 13:22]
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Hi Paul,this pic reminds a lot the tanneries of Marrakech that i seen many times. But this is not a tannery but just a washing place as i think and as i understand watching the lovely WS. Another great report from your last trip! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Paul,
I get more and more convinced that India is the most "photo friendly" country in the world, where taking pictures of people in the streets is more easy than anywhere else. How marvellous that India also seems to offer the most fascinating photo opportunities anywhere with all these colours and amazing sights. You really go far off the tourist track with these photos - and you survived! ;-) This is so much more interesting than another blue hour photo of the Taj Mahal.
Best wishes,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14510 W: 0 N: 16401] (176235)
  • [2018-06-13 19:49]


quelle iamge de ce toit avec ces bassin ces grandes baignoirs avec l'eau et les tissus dans l'eau ce personnage qui travaille quelle scènec'est une immense buanderie en plein aire et ces maisons quelle vue spéendide.
Bravoet amitié

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10765 W: 146 N: 27099] (129753)
  • [2018-06-13 22:31]

Hello Paul, Yes, it is a mystery that the clothes are clean after that and that the people get their own things. it seems incredible. the fascinating place for a visit. Awesome composition. everywhere in India, like also in Japan or China, or Myanmar, people even thank when you make them pictures or they just do not care. It is a heaven for street photographers.

Kind regrads Malgo

As said before, Paul, India is surprising with contradicting sights - which this is one of those.
Saw several pic.s about same "work" of lounry or coloring clothes. I think they were from Craig.
Wish you a nice new day,

Salut paul,
intéressante scène de la vie locale, un bon POV qui donne de la profondeur à l'image, bonne luminosité.

Bonjour, cher Paul,
L'intérêt des images est toujours présent à travers vos prises de vue.
Cette immense laverie en plein air ne manque pas d'étonner;
Bravo pour les sujets de vos prises de vue.

Ciao Paul
interessante serie di foto sul lavoro di questi artigiani, un lavoro ancora manuale che non prevede tutte quelle norme anti infortunistiche a cui siamo abituati noi.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10356 W: 161 N: 17201] (131029)
  • [2018-06-14 1:02]

Witaj PAul!
A very interesting place, view makes impression.
Good frame, colors and light.
Curious scene from daily life.
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9748 W: 57 N: 16678] (61680)
  • [2018-06-14 3:48]

Hallo Paul,
Inderdaad, wat voor systeem zouden ze hier hebben om te zorgen dat alle kleding weer terugkomt bij zijn rechtmatig eigenaar. De foto geeft een mooi overzicht van alle werkzaamheden met hier en daar wat personen die aan het werk zijn. Vooral de grote badkuipen op een rij geven een goede indruk van de werkwijze. De kleurrijke kledingstukken in de achtergrond en het paarse bad geven kleur aan de voornamelijk grijze achtergrond.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25077 W: 520 N: 42342] (181384)
  • [2018-06-14 6:31]

Dag Paul,

Ik zou nooit foto's als een album voorstellen.
Het mooiste is wat u het liefst, en eerst ziet verschijnen.
Dit is merkwaardig hoe de was wordt gedaan, maar alles heeft zijn voor en nadeel.
De kleuren en de samenstelling is zeker een pluspunt.
Heel mooi reportage om naar te kijken. Bedankt.

Groeten uit Oost-Vlaanderen,

Hello Paul,

This dhobi ghat is remarkable!
I cannot imagine how the clothes can possibly be catalogued and returned to the right person and yet, I have been assured that is exactly what happens. Your photographs clearly show the apparent unmonitoredl method of washing the clothes. It's a mystery!

The workers are undoubtedly friendly.
What a wonderful experience you had both meeting the people and recording their work.
Were you invited to join the workers and wash some of the clothes ... just for the experience, of course!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Paul,
What an interesting capture and TE job from India !
What the bathtubs are also good for :-)
Interesting and usefull notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards

Hello dear Paul and have a nice time
and a happy new day
wow!!!what could I say for this???
the shot describes everything and
brings memories from so many years ago
with the large quantities of dirty laundry
no more comments

Dobro vece.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepim fotografijama u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje. Dobar nacin za pranje vesa, tezak posao.
Zelim vam lepu i mirnu noc, sve najbolje.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14878 W: 1055 N: 30587] (143157)
  • [2018-06-14 13:16]

Hi Paul,

I had the same thought as Luciano that it resembles the tanneries of Morocco. But here there is no unpleasant smell of rotting cow hides. Just laundry tubs. Good sharpness & high pov. Tfs!

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-14 14:45]

Hello Paul,
nice to see someone this daily scenery that looks like a bit with the tanneries of Marrakech.I wonder if the clothes are cleaned so good as the local wanted.


Hello Paul,

What should I say? Its a well-composed image: the basins are placed well in the lower third of the image, the guy in the front is also placed well into the left third of the picture. While the bg too, offers a lot of details to be observed.

Best Wishes,

Hi Paul,
this is a very unusual view indeed. I wonder if the hotel sheets are being washed that way too.I wouldn't be able to fall asleep knowing that.
Incredible place: I wouldn't be able to tell what some installations are meant for.
I am not sure if this is type of places which I would like to visit with my family on my holidays but I suppose you did it not as a main attraction but on a way elsewhere.
Fantastic reportage!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16196 W: 159 N: 28237] (148514)
  • [2018-06-16 11:31]

Bonjour Paul
J'allait dire la même chose que Luciano, cela a une ressemblance au tannerie de Marrakech, sauf que ca sent surement meilleur :-) en somme c'est un lavoir en plein air particulier, intéressant de voir les 2 WS
Bonne soirée

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-06-18 15:07]

Hello Paul,
An interesting scene from everyday life in Mumbai.
Excellent detailed picture with nice composition and good sharpness.
Good work, fine presentation.

Hi Paul,
Interesting view and place. Good reportage from Mumbaj.
Very good daily life composition, Well done photo.
Best regards

Hi Paul
oh man, this is one of those subjects where I wish I could see it in person, like right now, today.

open air dirty laundry cleaning in India, thats where I want to be haha

nice to hear you were kindly welcomed and could take many photos. I wonder what the smell was like here. this is an excellent cultural scene, perfectly suited for TE. love it

Wow, this scene can be observed only in India, it is interesting where is the dirty water going, to the river?
Great reportage photo, my congratulations

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