The Smell of Wet Earth

What are the rains like in your country? Are they soft and drizzly? Or are they firece and theatrical like the storm visit us in south of Bangladesh? Or may be they’re just charming and infuriating like Dhaka traffic in the rain? Monsoon touches each region of our land in a different way. Scent of wet earth, where careless hopes takes root, where no dreams grasps for savagery. In where life is full with enormous liberty to mesmerize – a crazy photographer this me, loves monsoon gravely. Walking into the slippery mud, hanging my camera bag, I can’t stand umbrellas. I keep reciting

‘ But in love our hearts are as red earth and pouring rain; mingled beyond parting’.

students at Ateneo manila university , Philippines

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This is a land of rain. It forms in the best colour in monsoon. Inviting you to watch glimpse of it how colourful the rain remains in my country.

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The rain bring cooler weather, and the dusty,dry forests transform within a week of the first showers from arid brown to a languid mix of lush greens enveloped by a phantasmagoric mist.

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Rains when you are heading to school make you miserable; But rains when your are off for the day are license to splash!

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The rains might be picturesque. But some of us still have to get to work.

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Rain start suddenly and pelt you furiously with huge coin-sized drops

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You’re rushing home from work just as the rain starts.

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Harvesting shapeless dreams in the figment of canvas 

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If you want rainbows in your life, put up with rain first

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Sometimes LITTLE things matters BIG in our life

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Is that your lonely heart rains loud sometime too!

Leaving umbrella can be risky for heart of mine, as camera needed to handle with great care in rain. I wrapped my camera well and the camera bag is always weather sealed still a raincoat for my camera bag is must. I love to lost in the villages and Bengal rain is something you should remember in your lifetime. Photography in rain is difficult but it is the fun of a blend how desperately you are enjoying the photography and the rain. The difficulty is being pick the moment of certain  glimpse of heavenly background from the continual pouring of dull weather. But when the rainbows shines it takes you into a different world. Many times I waited in a field for hours to follow a photo moment without anticipation. And the colour? A refreshing burst will be found in the screen of the camera, the fresh eloquent moments to capture. Everything become heavenly in a moment. So why to wait with empty hand?

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The smell of wet earth, the first raindrop on your skin,followed by the subsequent rhythmic thud in the background – rain remind us that we’ve been cribbing about the summer too long to be anything but grateful now. In teenage I use to imagine – Tears of love turn into heavenly drops of rain, that make the heart bud. The monsoon so as a rainy day is always dear to me. For YOU too?

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Author: GMB Akash

"I see the beauty of people and the human soul in the pictures I take. And though the circumstances of some of the people I portray may be grim, back-breaking, depraved, the people themselves are always remarkable characters and souls" For me Photography is my language, to access, to communicate, to identify and mostly to make it hear. Through photography I only jot down my heart’s language. The best part about being a photographer is that I’m able to articulate the experiences of the voiceless and to bring their identities to the forefront which gives meaning and purpose to my own life.

35 thoughts on “The Smell of Wet Earth”

  1. Sensationally good photography. Our rains vary from Super Typhoons (rare) to irritating drizzle. It has rained 22 days in July. But today the sun shines 🙂


  2. A series of heart touching images.
    So true to life, I’ve to hold my breath till the end.
    Be back over and over again with this class of works..

    Thanks Akash Vai,
    a proud fan.. 🙂


  3. The beauty of these photographs are so luminous and full of life. I can almost smell the rain. Really inspiring. Makes me want to walk in the rain right now. 🙂


  4. Oh, this is stunning. My heart feels this. Rain…blessed. And yet a nuisance! But so worth it. Yes, sometimes we have to put up with rain to find rainbows… I love the pictures of the children smiling at the end. Your country is beautiful.

    Thank you so much for sharing. I love love LOVE your work.


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