“I think it was during this journey that the image became detached, removed from all the rest.
It might have existed, a photograph might have been taken, just like any other, somewhere else, in other circumstances.
But it wasn’t.
The subject was too slight.
Who would have thought of such a thing?
The photograph could only have been taken if someone could have known in advance how important it was to be in my life, that event, that crossing of the river.
But while it was happening, no one even knew of its existence.
And that’s why—it couldn’t have been otherwise—the image doesn’t exist.
It was omitted.
It never was detached or removed from all the rest.
And it’s to this, this failure to have been created, that the image owes its virtue: the virtue of representing, of being the creator of, an absolute.”
(From “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras – French writer and film director, 1914–1996)
This picture was shot recently along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), it was at dusk when the holy waters are wrapped in a silver coat.
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