Kumartuli in Monochrome – Fuji XF35

Nestled at northern Kolkata along the river of Hooghly, the potters colony of Kumartuli is one of the central attraction of the city. Kumartuli, meaning “potter locality” (Kumar = potter. Tuli = locality), is over 300 years old. A must watch if you are traveling to Kolkata before Durga Puja.

Even though the idol makers get orders from all over the world, most of artisan seemed dwells in poor living condition. This story is dedicated to all the artists of the potter town who’s still keeping the city’s pottery tradition alive.


Hold Tight




Top Designer


Hey You


In the middle of the work

The narrow lanes and alleys are even more interesting in terms of street photography. I will surely revisit this place again with my Tokina 11-16 DXII lens. Somehow I felt the fast XF35 certainly a good lens for street photography however didn’t find it to be ideal lens for shooting at the narrow passages of Kumartuli. More wide, better.

I would love to hear from you on the photographs taken using Fuji XF35 lens. Stay tuned for more photos on Kumartuli.

You check out my last post on Potters Town.

About avirup

A software engineer by profession & a photographer by passion. Indian by birth, proud Bengali & hail from the City of Joy, Kolkata. Exploring various places, people & their cultures, lifestyles through viewfinder fascinate me a lot. I would like to define these photographs as my life journals, pieces of my life journey, my imaginations through lens.

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  1. Ekta khetan July 28, 2016

    so beautiful, pristine like a different world altogether


  2. joshi daniel July 28, 2016

    nice use of shadows :)

    • avirup July 28, 2016 — Post Author

      Thanks a lot Joshi.
      Your feedback has always been an inspiration for me. :)

  3. Inger July 29, 2016

    How interesting to get a look into their work. Lovely captures – like that you have saved the shadows and not tried to open them up:)

  4. Kaya July 30, 2016

    It’s so different and so interesting. These images are very captivating and so well done. Excellent!

  5. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder August 1, 2016

    With only two months to go, work is going on in full swing. The monochrome has captured the essence of the place beautifully… :-)

  6. circadianreflections August 16, 2016

    The last 3 in this series are my favorites. They’re great environmental images. Converting them to Black and White was a great choice! I hope you print them! Don’t forget to PRINT!

    I had the 1st version of the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 when I moved from film to Digital. I loved that lens! When I moved back to a Full Frame 35mm camera I sold it. I made some really nice images with that lens. I can totally understand how come you missed having with you on this trip.

    • avirup August 16, 2016 — Post Author

      Thank you circadianreflections for your kind words.

      Tokina 11-16 F2.8 produces some sharp images but sadly it’s heavy, especially when mounted on a DSLR camera. Spoiled by the lightweight mirrorless camera I guess :). Whenever I plan to use my Tokina, I get lazy. But when it comes to narrow alley of Kumartuli, the lens with wide field of view is surely what you would like to carry.

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