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A Man And His Animals...

Posted by
Pavan Kaul (Mumbai, India) on 7 August 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.

~Ashley Montagu

NIKON D5000 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 200 92 mm

A film maker from India who has recently rediscovered his passion for photography.

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Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that's amazing! I love the three huge black animals (cattle? water buffalo?) and the man with the black umbrella. What a great combination and juxtaposition. The scale of it all is amazing and the treacherousness of the terrain quite formidable looking, especially in the heavy rain that you captured. Driven on relentlessly, that's what it looks like. Matches your quote very well. And I agree, cruelty to animals debases the human spirit.

7 Aug 2010 5:19am

rem_la from Villiers, France

vite vite, il faut rentrer ses blancs moutons !!

7 Aug 2010 5:21am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Wow. What a fabulous image. There is SO much strength in the animals. I love the color of the umbrella the same as they are - and all of them seemingly pushing against the rain and wind.

7 Aug 2010 5:26am

QB from Canada

That is some very powerful rain and wind. It looks like the man has come out with the umbrella in an effort to guide these animals into shelter. At least, that's the story I like to tell myself about this image.

7 Aug 2010 5:35am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

thats some weather!!!. lovely colours and contrasts!!::)

7 Aug 2010 5:39am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

really strong image, very well taken

7 Aug 2010 5:47am

Marie LC from France

The atmosphere of the monsoon is returned well here, we can almost hear the rain to fall

7 Aug 2010 5:49am

sara from paris, France

Superb image.

7 Aug 2010 5:59am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Not a day for man, beast or photographer/film maker to be out in the gales.
But your public (us) demand this from you as you deliver some of the best
images to be seen.

7 Aug 2010 5:59am

Nina from Haute Loire, France

This photo in the rain is very beautiful, very realistic ...

7 Aug 2010 6:02am

Dilwenn from Bordeaux, France

This image is alive! We listen and we see the rain!
Beautiful photo!

7 Aug 2010 6:07am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

very nice candid!!!!

7 Aug 2010 6:08am

fabrizio from Rome, Italy

wonderful timing and impressive shot

7 Aug 2010 6:11am

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

What a true reflection of Ashley Montagu! I've always thought the same Pavan. A man who is capable of harming defenseless animals placed at their service, you can do anything. Your feelings show complete indifference to Nature! Often my children who are veterinarians explain to me things that scare me! But in what world we live! I prefer to think that a large proportion of the population are different! An image like yours brings me back peace! Thanks friend! A hug Adela

7 Aug 2010 6:17am

Yvon from Orleans, France

Very Nice shot, Pavan
I hope rain stop because I Côme in 15 days

7 Aug 2010 6:27am

Seraphine from San Francisco, United States

this is beautifully shot!
i love the movement- the person with the umbrella, the cows, the rain.
i love the lush richness of the photograph.
the fresh green is amazing.
capital, pavan, capital!

7 Aug 2010 6:36am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A beautifully effective rainy scene. Superb colors and shapes.
The cows and umbrellas together are complements.

7 Aug 2010 6:49am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

The umbrella makes it for me as it mirrors the textures of the cws. Great shot

7 Aug 2010 6:52am

Anne from a little red dot, Singapore

A great composition and quote, I love the colours, windy rainy true it is - the man with an umbrella and cows without respectively :) Beautiful shot, Pavan.

7 Aug 2010 6:52am

Mathilde from Fontainebleau, France

Une image fabuleuse pour illustrer la douleur de cet homme et cette excellente citation . Belle journée à vous.

7 Aug 2010 6:54am

lili from *, Iran


7 Aug 2010 7:05am

Jyoti from Mumbai, India

this is awesome Pavan! absolutely wonderful...loved it!

7 Aug 2010 7:23am

@Jyoti: Thank you Jyoti!

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


7 Aug 2010 7:33am

k@ from Paris, France

Pavan, i first wanna say you are one of my great pleasure, lately, on Aminus, since there are those we follow for months (even years) and those we discover and appreciate each day more, and you are sure one of those ones who makes me so happy on a daily basis, each time i open your page i know i'll see & read something that will feed the Human feeling the best way and makes it richer. Okay, this seems a great praise, take it only as a sincere Thanks for your human eye (and heart). This image now is just (another) gem. The light over the umbrella, the drenched powerful scene, the strengh of the animals forced to go ahead, and this stunning green (the blurry part on the right is SO strong i can feel the heavy rain), everything here is amazing & moving first. (I also "love" the metaphor of each head, man & beasts included, swallowed up here. Powerful).

7 Aug 2010 8:09am

@k@: Karine, I am very thankful for your warmth, kind words and generous appreciation. Creativity needs resonance and positive communication in order to be meaningful, find it's purpose and to sustain. I am grateful to you for being one of the very special few who fulfill this need for me, and who take the time to appreciate my thoughts, feelings and ideas. My sincere and humble thanks, my friend:)

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

This is such a fabulous shot, you rain is tangible that the man and his animals endure.

7 Aug 2010 8:21am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

The weather is really what bring a beautiful atmosphere for this pleasant and beautiful photograph, well with you, Pavan

7 Aug 2010 8:26am

Prarthana from Singapore

excellent scene! extremely well captured!

7 Aug 2010 8:55am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

The atmosphere is so "real" I can almost feel the rain on my back ! Great capture Pavan, really well done !
Have a nice weekend :)

7 Aug 2010 9:10am

BeLTxA from Menorca, Spain

and the rain, and you.
Great Pavan

7 Aug 2010 9:48am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Just a marvelous and moving photo.

7 Aug 2010 9:58am

Aboololo from Govashir, Iran

Very nice composition .

7 Aug 2010 10:35am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely soft damp light

7 Aug 2010 11:04am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Makes me want to travel.
Great capture.

7 Aug 2010 11:26am

Piyush Garyali from Raleigh, United States

Lovely colors and a beautiful perspective Pavan.

Thanks a lot for your best wishes. It was a very hectic year and I am glad that everything went according to plan. I am sorry for the late response. It has been ages since I went fully online. Would be more regular from now on :)

7 Aug 2010 11:41am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I want to be in that extraordinary photo, it's magical, and anything can happen...thanks for that!

7 Aug 2010 11:57am


Très belle prise de vue!J'adore les couleurs!!
Amitiés de France:CLAIRE

7 Aug 2010 12:15pm

SOUL AFLAME from The bosom of Mother Nature, United Kingdom

To these eyes, the way that the black umbrella mimics the skin of the cattle themselves really adds a symmetry to this frame. Against the elements one man tends to his animals, the source of his livlihood, and you've captured the scene so well here with the lush green foliage and terrible weather. As an animal lover, how can I not wholeheartedly agree with the quote. I've never got along with those who do not appreciate Mother nature, nor the animal kingdoms, as to me such people have bleak souls, and are missing compassion, love and humanity on so many levels.

As always a great frame that has me thinking, Pavan. Enjoy your weekend my friend.

7 Aug 2010 1:10pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific capture. I love the umbrella!

7 Aug 2010 1:21pm

Fusao from Tokyo, Japan

beautiful shot! I can feel the air.

7 Aug 2010 2:24pm

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

ahhhh .. interesting !

7 Aug 2010 2:26pm

Annierita & Annisabelle from New Delhi & Belle Ile, India

supeb monsoon's picture ! we feel the water and the heat !

7 Aug 2010 2:46pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

I feel soggy just by looking at your picture. Again a very nice scene well captured

7 Aug 2010 5:30pm

Pixator from kerman, Iran


7 Aug 2010 7:27pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Monsoon season and you have managed to capture the movement of the rain as well as the action going on in this field as he drives the animals on.

7 Aug 2010 8:52pm

Belén from Salamanca, Spain

Great Pavan. My congratulations;)

7 Aug 2010 10:11pm

Mª Angeles from Barcelona, Spain

Impresionante toma, en el momento justo!!


7 Aug 2010 10:49pm

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

It looks like a struggle for all to get out of the rain.

8 Aug 2010 12:48am

Akaruiphoto from Kagoshima, Japan

Great scene on a rainy day.

8 Aug 2010 12:54am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

So beautifully poetic... yet the mood of living presence is just as strong! Another amazing "slice-of-life" capture, Pavan!
Best regards to you and yours!

8 Aug 2010 1:04am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I saw a similar close bond between man and beast in Vietnam decades ago. The internal combustion engine destroyed that bond in many places long ago. A superb shot!

8 Aug 2010 2:11am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Looks like a difficult life.

8 Aug 2010 2:29am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful rain shower, once again your poems impress me! A very lovely shot with beasts. Well done!

8 Aug 2010 2:30am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful scene :)

8 Aug 2010 3:30am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

Rain is always pleasant! Very fresh photo! And the umbrella is so impressive!

8 Aug 2010 3:56am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great scene & mood captured the gorgeous green and the dark animals...
Isnt it noteworthy that, in this angle, none of the animals or the mans face/head is seen?
Did you wait for this particular moment to click??

8 Aug 2010 4:11am

iren from tehran, Iran

wow!that's amazing!You are extraordinary Pavan!

8 Aug 2010 5:42am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Good effecto of the rain and fantastic moment!

8 Aug 2010 5:46am

Marc L. from France

Époustouflant de beauté ! netteté des personnages, flou et pluie donnent du cachet à l'image. Bravo Pavan !

8 Aug 2010 8:12am

danou-yepa from Nice, France

wowwww fantastic !!!!! wonderfull an impressionant scène , this man very clear and storm movement inceredible !!!!! a gret photographer pavan , thx for this beauty . 5 x5*

8 Aug 2010 9:14am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW! What a powerful shot. I can almost feel the wet weather and how man and beast "struggles" forward against it. The tilted umbrella does it for me. Superbly photographed, Pavan.

8 Aug 2010 10:25am

arneet from delhi, India

nice shot.....and a good thought....:)

8 Aug 2010 11:33am

lux from Munich, Germany

Wow, this is very impressive!

8 Aug 2010 12:31pm

Mamyni from Argenteau-Visé, Belgium

Very dangerous to walk per stormy time with an umbrella!

8 Aug 2010 1:21pm

Bethany from Michigan, United States

I like the quote you have posted with your image here. Great image and capture as well.

8 Aug 2010 1:57pm

don from spokane, United States

A fine action shot in inclement weather. Nice blur in this image too. Well done.

8 Aug 2010 2:32pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Very nice shot.

8 Aug 2010 4:32pm

@Look from Nivelles, Belgium

Nice dynamic shot : we see the rain and the rush to shelter. Soft tones and tender green.
Kind regards

8 Aug 2010 4:41pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Wow! Amazing capture!

8 Aug 2010 6:57pm

Marcie from Newton, United States

Oh...this is dreamlike. Magical!

8 Aug 2010 6:57pm

Satvik from Columbus, United States

Great capture Pavan ! This image captures the essence of the monsoon season so wonderfully.

8 Aug 2010 7:10pm

The MaJor from TM HooD, Iran

fabulous an artistic moment shot..very fine seen:)

8 Aug 2010 7:15pm

Gonzalo Sirgo from Tarragona, Spain

Wet rain...

8 Aug 2010 7:36pm from Wemmel, Belgium

Wonderfull scene ... love the effect of the rain, but I think it's quite strange to see a farmer running behind his catltle with an umbrella ...

8 Aug 2010 7:38pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

I like this scene a lot... you've captured this moment of a rainy day very well...

8 Aug 2010 10:13pm

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India


9 Aug 2010 3:05am

Kala from United States

Stunning - looks like a painting.

9 Aug 2010 5:46am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

So green and so beautiful.

9 Aug 2010 5:55am

Ginnie from Netherlands

It's like from another time and world, Pavan. Looking at the thumbnail is like an old oil painting. To be in touch with Nature like this is to be alive.

9 Aug 2010 7:11am

Véro from Savoie, France

impressive pic in colors and contrast, love the similitude on both animal and human's head hidden by the umbrella ! another great one !

9 Aug 2010 7:47am

Julie Dorbec from Hillerød, Denmark

Superb scene, so very alive! Amazing capture.

9 Aug 2010 9:14am

Stu from Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

Lovely countryside scene.

9 Aug 2010 9:26am

Richard Standley from Carquefou, France

Quite a powerful candid image. Well done indeed Pavan!

9 Aug 2010 10:09am

Aurore from Paris, France

Such a wonderful human shot Pavan, love this !!

9 Aug 2010 10:31am

antoine from France

Superb capture with beautiful colours. Have a great day Pavan.

9 Aug 2010 11:09am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beautiful and a great atmosphere in this photo telling us the lifa in the campaign!

9 Aug 2010 11:41am

Avinash from Dharamshala, India

a wonderful shot...the fading of the shot makes it very nice.. :)

9 Aug 2010 2:39pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

I love the atmosphere in this picture, the rain and the wind seems to come out of the picture. Superb pdv. Good day.

9 Aug 2010 2:50pm

jeanne from près de marseille, France

belle ambiance
on toucherai presque l'humidité

9 Aug 2010 5:54pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

nice composition and well rendering of this athmosphere !
five stars !
friendships !

9 Aug 2010 7:27pm

cristina from Barcelona (Catalunya), Spain

impresionante captura

9 Aug 2010 10:27pm

Slovthra from Brisbane, Australia

Oh my...
It's like a snapshot of a dream...

10 Aug 2010 1:48am

Nitin from Milano, Italy

Wonderful again and lovely words. All your pics have such deep and profound sayings and meanings and they have such a far reaching effect Pavan. Love the picture, and the geometry of lines caused by the rains. Cheers!

10 Aug 2010 11:06am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Great composition and colors. A picture and a quote that will stay in my mind for a long time. It´s sogood.

10 Aug 2010 11:06am

Beat from Switzerland

you captured this athmospere absolut perfect. grat greentones and dof!

10 Aug 2010 6:33pm

Giovanni from Milan, Italy

Fantastic! Love the feel of urgence and drama here!

10 Aug 2010 8:10pm

k@ from Paris, France

I saw Evil images gathered in the trailer of the documentary film "Earthlings" about all kinds of sufferings animals are still victims of. I feel so bad after having watched those few images... But reminded me your words & great image/message here and i wanted to look at them again. Tks again, Pavan...

10 Aug 2010 8:42pm

rian from fullerton, United States

those are some huge bovines he got there.. love all the greens you captured here.. :)

10 Aug 2010 11:56pm

barbod from rasht, Iran

very very nice

11 Aug 2010 3:08am

Sophie from France

Malgré la pluie travailler.....magnifique composition !

11 Aug 2010 4:04am

Marie from PARIS, (Fresnes), France

I like rain pictures, and this one is great, with a nice movement.

12 Aug 2010 7:21pm

buntagphoto from Philippines

I love the motion and atmosphere of this shot. Very pastoral.

13 Aug 2010 7:10am

Mark Johnson from Rural Douglas County, United States

Beautiful real life capture. It sure looks rainy!

15 Aug 2010 12:45am

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

So meaningful quote... and a great picture, Pavan. The human race makes (other) animals suffer, and human beings, too. Sometimes I haven't got much hope for us...

16 Aug 2010 9:14am

PHIL from Angouleme, France

Parapluie couleur vache , tout est calculé

19 Aug 2010 4:11pm

Syam from India, India really feeling the rain....:)

20 Aug 2010 6:03am

Albert Manso from barcelona, Spain

Beautiful image! Fantastic capture! Great color!

6 Sep 2010 7:42am

Vink from Grasse, France

Very beautiful photo !

16 Sep 2010 2:02pm

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