LAXMI TEMPLE ELEPHANT INDIA by PREMGIT
Limited Edition print (1 of 30). 40cm x 50cm
Silver gelatin print on Fomabrom baryta double-weight fibre-based paper.35mm negative taken with a Leica M6 and 50mm F2 leitz lens.
Premgit has been a photographer for over 30 years and for the last 25 years has solely concentrated on making fine black and white prints using film and traditional darkroom techniques. He has a deep love for the creative processes involved in producing images of excellence in this medium which in turn has led to his work being published in books and magazines worldwide.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH
Every morning Laxmi is led down to the nearby river to take a bath and be scrubbed, and this is where I met her. As she is a working temple elephant, she is decorated with temple symbols on her head. Her job is to be just outside the temple and extend her trunk out to people for money. Everyone knows not to give less than 10 Rupees ….it would not be accepted. The money is taken up by her trunk and passed over to her handler. She then raises her trunk and very gently touches the head of the giver as a blessing.
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