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Jodhpur photo honors and signs of rapid change in India.

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Over the Fourth of July weekend Marin County, California holds it’s annual County Fair, reputed to be one of the best in the country for it’s Fine Arts exhibitions. So, this year you can imagine how pleased I was when one of my images was chosen “Best in Class” for Monochromatic Photography.

Recently, over several years, I had spent about two weeks each in Jodhpur, in the state of Rajasthan in India. I was doing a still photography documentary about a Muslim girl who wanted to become a doctor and had great support from her family.

The other thing I always looked forward to in Jodhpur, was photographing in the vibrant streets, and markets in this small, ancient Indian city. I had found that about 5 p.m. each afternoon the light came streaming through the city’s major market street and was often magnificent.

It was in this street, at that hour that I took the three black and white photos in this post. The one to the right has been an award winner several times, including this year’s county fair.

Below are two others in that series. The year after I took the one with the man and the cows, I marveled that the same small street was a totally different scene – lots of motorcycles and motor scooters and no cows in site – signs of very recent prosperity!

On the right below, is a woman carrying her groceries in that 5-gallon can on her head, something else that was nowhere to be seen as prosperity took over in subsequent years.

Yes, prosperity is bringing large, rapid changes to many parts of India. It is growing harder to find “the old India”.

Technical notes: Photos were taken with my first digital SLR, a Canon Rebel XT, and the 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS lens that I still use on my Canon 40D today. The images were then converted from color to black & white in Photoshop.

[Addendum: The Indian photos were taken in October 2005]

“Picturing the Recession” in NYTimes.com and in Marin County

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The New York Times online asked readers from around the world to send photos showing how the recession was playing out in our communities. In the San Francisco Bay Area’s Marin County, one of the country’s wealthiest, we are not immune. It’s been sad seeing small stores close along San Rafael’s Fourth Street. Here are images I found yesterday, on on main street, one on automobile row. On a personal note, as a long-time Prius driver, I certainly wasn’t sad to see the Hummer dealership close, and I don’t think any of us need expensive boutique clothes in these hard times.

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Leaves blow into the empty showroom where one of the country’s top Hummer dealerships is out of business in San Francisco Bay Area’s Marin County, one of the nation’s wealthiest counties.

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Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties but is not immune to the rescission, with many small stores struggling or going out of business on San Rafael’s main street.

You can find both images and many more from around the world posted in the NYTimes.com Ecomomy section, one in the Business pile, the other in the Transportation pile.

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April 3, 2009 at 10:24 am