Sources of Energy by Janos K Lanyi
© 2009 Janos K Lanyi

    • Title: Sources of Energy
    • Artist: Janos K Lanyi
    • From: Irvine, CA USA

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    Artist Statement

    Near Jaisalmer, the ancient fortress city in the Thar desert, there is a group of strange and beautiful structures of obvious religious significance. They are cenotaphs, where the dead are cremated in the traditional Hindu manner. In stark visual contrast, there are windmills, four hundred of them, far more than what is needed to supply Jaisalmer with the electricity it needs. The image is a perfect symbol of the two diverse and conflicting forces that drive India. On the day I made this photograph, at least, few if any of the windmills were turning, but the cenotaphs seemed very much alive and dominated the scene.

    The challenge was how to capture the dark glow of the sandstone in the sunset without losing the spectacular sky and the details of the windmills. Without a tripod, I made numerous pairs of over and under exposures, and digitally merged the one pair in which the images matched exactly.