Made another visit to Panam Nagar in Sonargaon this morning… not early enough though and we got caught up in a bad traffic tangle going out which added to the delay. Early morning light was gone, harsh bright sunlight was fine in a way because most of the main street is so narrow that the shadows from the buildings helped. A movie team were all over the place today, banging away at beautiful old buildings with nails, cans of bright paint could be seen waiting to be splattered over some unsuspecting ruin, drills and screws ready in the hand of the crew who were “setting up” the scene for some fancy Bangla movie to be shot. Shudder to think of the damage they must have inflicted by now. Oh, an I could not get in to photograph some of the old buildings because they said I needed to obtain written permission from “the authorities” whoever that might be.
The SoFoBoMo 2010 photos are all done, and a rough book layout is ready [right click link, download PDF to PC, set viewing preference in Adobe to VIEW->PAGE DIAPLAY->TWO-UP].
June 4th 2010
Went out to Panam City [Panam Nagar] and Sonargaon village which is around 27 km from Dhaka to do a first session of walk-about photos – mostly doors and windows of the old ruins. It was an overcast day with a strong possibility of a violent thunderstorm later in the morning. Had planned to be out by 5 am but my alarm was not correctly set and I got to sleep-in an hour extra – a Freudian slip maybe
Spent a couple of hours at Panam City, which was the ancient capital of East Bengal before Dhaka [Dacca] was made the capital. Got back home could see the low dark clouds gathering and rolling in – a few minutes later a massive thunderstorm with high speed winds.
Anyway, processed a few images and liked some trashed many. Here are a few samples…
A lot of photographers have considered making a book, but various concerns have stopped them. Heck, the same concerns stopped us. We worried that our photos weren’t good enough. We worried that we didn’t have enough photos. We worried that we couldn’t write the text, or couldn’t present a nice layout, or that we didn’t have the time to do a good job.
SoFoBoMo gives us (and you) a way around those fears. There’s no requirement that the photos be good (but we suspect you’ll be surprised by how good yours are). There’s no requirement to have any text at all (but that doesn’t mean you can’t write pages of flowing prose). And there is no requirement on quality of layout. There are just three constraints: all the work must be done in one continuous 31 day period that falls completely inside the two month window, the book must contain at least 35 photos, and you have to generate a PDF of the book. That’s it. If you could translate any of the information pages then we’d be delighted if you would help. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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