A stack of pots, Varanasi


Cheaply made clay pots are a common sight in India, and when I saw this stack of pots in Varanasi, with the detail in the wall behind, I knew I wanted to make a carefully composed still life image. Although I must confess, I have no idea what the writing on the wall actually says, I like the colour contrast between the blue lettering and the yellowish earth tones of the wall and the red/brown tones of the pots.

A stack of pots,  Varanasi, India.
A stack of pots, Varanasi, India.

Canon 5D Mark with 24-105mm lens at 47mm and F7.1, shutter speed 1/60 second at ISO 400.

On the subject of “cheaply made clay pots”,  I observed during my travels in India that it’s not unusual to be served hot chai (tea) in small clay cups at a cost of just a few cents each.  The cups are one use only, disposable items,  in much the same way as plastic or polystyrene cups are in more “developed” countries.   Drink your chai and then throw your cup on the ground where it quickly breaks into pieces,  from the earth,  back into the earth!   Environmentally friendly.     Versus the polystyrene cup which takes hundreds of years to decompose.     Makes you think!

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Do you make comments on blog sites such as this and wish you could display your own “avatar” rather than have a default anonymous logo or silhouette next to your name?    Well you can and as I recently discovered it’s really quite simple.    To get your “Gravatar” (Globally Recognised Avatar) go to    The service is free and really easy to use,  it took me about 4 or 5 mouse clicks and about 1 minute of my time to complete.    You upload a photo or logo of your choice and it is then associated with the email address you use when making comments…recommended.    KD.