November 16, 2014

Funny Face

Photograph by Brian Callaway, National Geographic Your Shot

“The gaye holud is a traditional Bengali wedding ceremony in which the bride and groom are presented with fish dressed as the couple,” writes Your Shot member Brian Callaway, who captured this photo in the town of Mamallapuram, on the east coast of India. “Amit and Sofi have an amazing sense of humor and started playing and posing with the fish after their gaye holud. It didn’t take too long before I saw that if they held the fish up to their faces, the eyes of the fish would match their own. For me, the photo perfectly captures this cultural part of their wedding, their fun/spontaneous personalities, and, more importantly, how much fun they were having. It's also their favorite photo.”

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34 comments
Abhishek Das
Abhishek Das

This shoot is so good and also innovative 

Erum Rizvi
Erum Rizvi

One of my favorite images, fantastic photo! it makes me chuckle everytime I see this image! 

Ananya B
Ananya B

Dear David Korte, By your logic, ALL photographs of food consisting of meat or fish are barbaric and insensitive as hell, right? Well, magazines and websites and Instagram are just chock-full of food photography. I hope you have the same response to each and every one of those photos.

David Korte
David Korte

Call it ritual or tradition, or whatever you like, I think to take an animal's life, and then create a funny use of the animal's carcass is not very respectful of the life of animals. Taking funny pictures of dead animals is not so funny.

Christiaan Sindaco
Christiaan Sindaco

@robert irvine @David Korte David Is right It is rude..... Could you think of it as if someone were to do that to your body when you are dead and make you kiss like someones old wrinkly mouth? Right, we will all just get over it :) And you can't say Animals lives are not worth the same as humans, They are, So You get over that. Mr Irvine


Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

@David Korte I then bet you have never liked anyone holding a plucked flower in their hand too ... 

oh no !! u did !!

maybe thats just coz it doesnt have eyes and nose and ears like us...

Debjit Chowdhury
Debjit Chowdhury

This for the people who is not aware of the Bengali wedding culture , we send fish to the bride place in the morning o the day of marriage which we term as (Tatta) its a kind of sharing gifts between bride and groom ad this how the ritual becomes an art...

Michal Svec
Michal Svec

RIP-OFF. Dear NatGeo PhotoEditors. Since when are you supporting rip-offs? This photo is a rip-off of 4 year old photo from Oleksandr Hnatenko,
pohtography (dot) com
#SHAME


Michal Svec
Michal Svec

@john h. @Michal Svec
You are right. But a skilled photoeditor would know that he have seen exactly this photo concept 4 years ago, a photo that won awards and is well known.
Skilled photoeditor like in NatGeo should know this. 
I would expect this to happen to some lower quality magazine. Giving a award to a concept rip-off in National Geographic,... well the quality of this magazine editors is not as it used to be. 
Shame or lack of professionalism. 

Krzysztof Turczyn
Krzysztof Turczyn

@Michal Svec


I also agree, the picture is just the copy of Oleksandr's photo, which was special because of it's idea. When you read the description you will see that the woman was posing with the fishes. Originality = 0.

john h.
john h.

@Michal Svec The two photos seem different to me. The wedding is much more colorful, joyful and spontaneous, with a closeup framing to effect a different feeling of the event. A quick Google Image  search shows a long history of people putting fish up to their faces for similar funny images.

Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

@Michal Svec I don't see your complaint as valid.  This is the "photo of the day" for Nat. Geo., not The NEW YORK Photo Awards or Sony World Photography Awards.  If anything it is a compliment to Oleksandr Hnatenko's work: "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."  BTW you reference the blog, not the award.   What contest did the Oleksandr's photo win? 

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

@Craig Leigh @Michal Svec

Correct Craig, I don't see Brian claiming to be the first to do this and as far as that goes maybe he never saw anyone do it before and created the idea to be new to himself just as fair to say that Oleksandr may have got the idea from someone else?? who knows,

Creativity could be a 10 for  Brian if he never saw it done before before, just as Oleksandr 

could possibly deserve a 0 for creativity if he got the idea  from someone else.

The main point is that, if you want to be recognized in the "photo of the day forum" then JOIN THE FORM  and submit the photo!!     Right??!!


Thanks Craig!

Diganta Das
Diganta Das

the husband fish with red eye is clearly drunk....typical bengali husband !

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