This is the original photo I posted titled “Extra Ordinary Bond” in July 2014 photographed by Sirish BC for National Geographic assignment “The Animals that We Love”. It’s a familial bond similar to a man and his dog where the dog is on a leash in order not to lose the beloved pet.
I curated Sirish’s photo with his permission; however, it created a backlash on social media here in WordPress and National Geographic. It was shocking to read inappropriate comments and more surprising that it would happen in respectable environments, He deleted his post; I removed mine and replaced it with “In the spirit of peace and harmony.”
Viewers see what they want to look at and focus on minute detail. A short chain visible at the feet of the Sadhu that ballooned in people’s imagination that turned ugly.
NatGeo YourShot has a new assignment: Dear Future Generations. Sirish resubmitted his shot with a brief description giving it a whole new meaning.
What makes this photo great? This time, photographers rated this shot high on composition, lighting, creativity, and story.