Finding Time Again

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“In Search of Lost Time”
Finding Time Again – Le Temps retrouvé

I shot this image from a boat while I was on river Ganga.
Those men are wearing a thread around their body which they keep all the time, this is one of the symbols showing that they are brahmans (the upper cast in Hindu culture) they are probably priests as well as this is a place where they usualy spend their day reading and commenting several holy books.
Looking at them made me think of images from the Bible.Those pictures of the oldest living city in the world are maybe an answer to my “Search of Lost Time”.
Like the french writer Marcel Proust with his monumental work, “Search of Lost Time”(in French, “À la recherche du temps perdu”, also titled “Remembrance of Things Past” in its initial English translation), the role of memory is central.
Memory is the link which leads a picture to another but I should say involuntary memory, as Benaras is acting on me like the “episode of the madeleine” in Proust’s novel.
When I walk in the City of Lights, I am ransported back to an earlier time by sensory experiences of memory, triggered by smells, sights, sounds, or touch.
I believe this is what happens to most of the visitors who come over here and this is why this place is so special, so unique, this is the reason why whoever we are, whatever our culutre can be, we all find something which might be connected to the begining of History and which is deeply in our soul…

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