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Posted by
Sunder (Chennai, India) on 15 November 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

This picture of mine was shortlisted as one among the top 20 in the National Photographic competition in India held by the Swedish Embassy in October 2010.

The theme of the competition was "INDIAN INTERPRETATION OF SWEDISH INNOVATIONS"...

I chose to work with the Swedish Innovation - "Safety Match"

My write up along with the photograph for the competition was as under:


The Swedish innovation “Safety Match” is indispensable in our daily lives….

This picture depicts a “Kuthuvilakku” – a Brass Indian Family Lamp being lit with Safety Match. The flame is considered to be sacred and represents – “Agni” –“God of Fire” in Hindu mythology. Hindu tradition has it that the lady of the house lights the “Kuthuvilakku” during twilight – everyday - to invoke “Lakshmi” the Goddess of Wealth into the house….

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Top shot! Congrats on the short listing. I love the light you get here and the reflections on the brass lamp. Very well framed as well.

15 Nov 2010 5:22am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

great image, love the moment captured, love the light and the authentic atmosphere. Love it!

15 Nov 2010 5:31am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

A wonderful shot. I love the warm tones and the lighting is spot on. The mood is great.

15 Nov 2010 6:01am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Beautiful ....Great light.

15 Nov 2010 6:24am

rem_la from Villiers, France

tres belle lumiere !

15 Nov 2010 6:37am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

well done on the selection, what an honor...

15 Nov 2010 6:37am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

really wonderful shot! very creative for this competition!

15 Nov 2010 6:47am

Antoine from France

Superb composition and your light is very nice. Have a great day Sunder. s

15 Nov 2010 7:10am

Anneka from Bray, Ireland

Congrats. Very good at these naked flame shots.

15 Nov 2010 7:16am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendid compo and congratulations for this selection. 5 * Good day.

15 Nov 2010 7:37am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

Congratulations for this selection ... The image of the symbol and your story reinforces the beauty of photography ...

15 Nov 2010 7:56am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Quite a wonderful symbolic picture!
Congratulations to you for having been selected.

15 Nov 2010 8:14am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Belle ambiance ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

15 Nov 2010 8:31am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love these warm tones. A very beautiful composition also. Very very well done Sunder. Have a great day :)

15 Nov 2010 8:46am

Chris Pereira from San Jose, CA, United States

beautiful warm colors, i like the atmosphere here

15 Nov 2010 9:10am

kitty from Seoul, South Korea

Well done on having this shortlisted, it is indeed a great shot. The light is superb ^^

15 Nov 2010 9:12am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fabulous feel in this photo.

15 Nov 2010 9:53am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful light here, sunder. Congratulations!!

15 Nov 2010 9:54am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

The warm tonality is so pleasant and the lighting is superb! A beautiful piece of work! Congrats!

15 Nov 2010 10:11am

POBSB from Tilburg, Netherlands

wonderful picture

15 Nov 2010 10:28am

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

nice work on the light. Nice intimate place

15 Nov 2010 10:52am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

Beautiful image, wonderful great light...excellent ! Congratulations !!

15 Nov 2010 10:56am

P. Morris from Toronto, N.Y.C., and Saskatoon Canada, Canada

I can see why this is an award winner, so amazingly beautifully captured, as if you were
directing the light how to perform. Most incredible work, 5*****'s !!~

15 Nov 2010 11:11am

k@ from Paris, France

Oh this is magnificent, so subtle are both the lighting & the gesture. Bravo !

15 Nov 2010 12:14pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

excellent photo . wonderful mood !

15 Nov 2010 12:57pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations Sunder on this top honour! Definitely 5-stars!!! Bravo! ;-)

15 Nov 2010 1:01pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wonderful ! A superb atmosphere , very beautiful !

15 Nov 2010 1:02pm

Christine from Duns, United Kingdom

Fantastic, a 5***** photo

15 Nov 2010 1:15pm

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

Wonderful !! 5****

15 Nov 2010 1:20pm

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Very good interior pic. Bravo!

15 Nov 2010 1:25pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

A superb shot and congrats on making the top 20 very impressive

15 Nov 2010 1:55pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Brilliant, and beautifully composed. A 5 star photo today!

15 Nov 2010 2:04pm

Don from Spokane, United States

It's a fine photo-by-match-light image. Congratulations on the recognition you received for this fine work.

15 Nov 2010 3:38pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful shot, 5*

15 Nov 2010 4:10pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful photo. Congratulations Sunder!

15 Nov 2010 4:46pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Sunder, you cheeky man!!one minute you are saying "I'm only an amateur, no good, photo-amateur" next minute you are shortlisted in a national competition!!! Good on you! Big smile for you!

15 Nov 2010 4:56pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A great lighting

15 Nov 2010 5:24pm

Gary from Cochise County, United States

I like the warm light and mood of this.

15 Nov 2010 6:37pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Splendid atmosphere!

15 Nov 2010 7:13pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

A minor, but important swedish part in this photograph..;-))) Great work, Sunder!

15 Nov 2010 7:40pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Beautiful image.

15 Nov 2010 7:46pm

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Original photo! Nice!

15 Nov 2010 8:06pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

well done Sunder!

15 Nov 2010 8:32pm

Chris from Béarn, France

quelle belle ambiance et belle lumiè me poserai bien là quelques instants pour méditer un peu. Bonne soirée

15 Nov 2010 9:47pm

tataray from france, France

Belle lumière...
Des tons chauds ))

15 Nov 2010 10:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderfully beautiful image! I like that hand lighting the lamp.

15 Nov 2010 10:13pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

REally good light, nice one

15 Nov 2010 11:06pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

Lovely illumination!

15 Nov 2010 11:26pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful golden tones given off by the light. And the subtle light highlights the background perfectly. Congratulations on your entry!

16 Nov 2010 2:24am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

Stunning shot and light/details!WOW! Beautiful composition! Congrats!!!!!

16 Nov 2010 3:16am

Becky from los angeles, United States

this is beautiful - the gold light - the hand/arm with the bracelets - wonderful

16 Nov 2010 3:59am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great scenery, this is very well done !

16 Nov 2010 4:13am

Bill Brown from California, United States

Beautiful warm glow and excellent composition!

16 Nov 2010 4:28am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Very well done with your Placing here and a well-deserved result. The standards were very high judging by Barkath Ali Khan's winning entry. Well done.

16 Nov 2010 11:40am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful !!

16 Nov 2010 1:08pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening Sunder
I like the harmonious atmosphere in this image including the warm colors very well. Thank you very much for sharing. Sincerely Christel

16 Nov 2010 9:15pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Very beautiful!!!!

17 Nov 2010 3:35am

Sriraam Kalingarayar from Chennai, India

Hey.. Congrats sir.. For being shortlisted... Nice pic

21 Nov 2010 4:13am