20th Annual
Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Portraits


"Ritual at Dawn, Udaipur"
By Steve Goldband

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Artist's statement

Walking in the heart of the city of Udaipur, India, I found myself at the shores of Lake Pichola in the soft light of early morning. Although more often I photograph urban landscapes devoid of human presence, here, I was mesmerized by the humanity.  A cadre of men bathed un-self-consciously in the lake's calm waters. The light rising from behind me had endowed the bathers and their actions with a sense of holiness befitting this historic city of Mughal Maharanas, temples and rituals. From a larger number of frames, I chose these two to present in diptych as a way to bring the viewer into this very special moment.

Judge's Comment

Steve Goldband’s beautifully toned black and white diptych “Ritual at Dawn, Udaipur” also received much of our attention. The image is a quiet and serene capture of a man bathing in the river, carefully soaking face and feet in suds in the soft morning light. I also enjoyed how the photographer kept the man’s face hidden so he remains an anonymous figure. 

-Veronica Weber


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