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This is a portrait of Karma Topchen, a Tibetan monk staying at the Tibetan temple which is located in Sarnath where I like to come often.
It is nearby Varanasi (Benaras) next to a deer park (Sarnath in Sanskrit) and it is where the Buddha set in motion the Wheel of Dharma by delivering his first sermon to the group of five companions with whom he had previously sought enlightenment.
I was leaving the temple when he came on a bicycle, it was before sunset and the light was perfect enhancing the colour saffron of his garment.
His smile was a peaceful demonstration of happiness and serinity, I took several pictures which I have been mailing him.
He answered me that he liked them.
I believe that it is a blessing to be able to meet people carrying such a radiant energy as it is capable of being transmitted to those who accept to receive it…

“Om Mani Padme Hum”.

Serving in The Armada

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Serving in The Armada


This is Officer Almaguer who is serving in the Mexican Navy (Armada de México).
We met with two of his fellows in the courtyard of Le Louvre museum where they were happy to enjoy Paris.
It was last year when I came back from India for a few days and I was training my new camera.
Their boat was staying in the french arbor of Rouen and they came to visit the city on their spare time.
Their sailboat was the Cuauhtemoc (“the falling eagle” in Nahuatl) and was named after the last Aztec emperor (1497 – Izancarnac, 1525).
Their were coming from Acapulco.

The Mexican Navy consists of about 56,000 men and women, over 189 ships, and about 130 aircraft. 
Given Mexico’s large mass of water (49,510 km2) and extensive coastline (9,330 km), the navy’s duties are of great importance. 
Perhaps its most important current on-going missions are the war on drugs and protecting PEMEX’s oil wells in Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. 
Another important task of the Mexican Navy is to help people in hurricane relief operations and other natural disasters.

In the Navy

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In the Navy


This gentleman is in the Mexican Navy.
I met him as he was with two of his fellows in the courtyard of Le Louvre museum.
They were happy to be there and to enjoy Paris.
It was last year a few hours after I got my new camera and this portrait was one of my first pictures done with it.
We spoke in Spanish for a while, he told me that his boat had a problem and needed to be fixed and this is how they had some free time to come and visit the city.
Apparently everyone knew about it but I was coming back from India for a few days and I didn’t know this.

Kitni Haseen (How Beautiful)

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Kitni Haseen (How Beautiful)


This young lady came to the flower market which is located in the chowk of Varanasi (Benaras) where I always enjoy to take pictures.
She looks exhausted because of the unbearable heat that we had to bear that day.
Inside the courtyard prevailed a scent of flowers moisterizing the atmosphere.
I thought that she was beautiful and I took a few pictures of her.
She was shy and she pretended that she didn’t see me but she was smiling sometimes and she let her veil come to her shoulders as if she wanted me to capture her youth forever.
When she understood that I had finished taking her portrait she covered her head in order to respect the traditions followed by Muslim ladies in the oldest living city in the world.
As she was certainly not alone I didn’t speak to her nor I shown her the pictures, we only smiled at each other and I left.

I selected this shot because it is really showing the spirit of that moment and I wanted to associate it to “Maula Mere Maula” which is a beautiful song from the Movie “Anwar” from which this picture could have been taken.

Lyrics and English translation:…

This is My Story

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This is My Story


I don’t know this young man.
He was standing against a wall at the flower market which is located in the chowk of Varanasi (Benaras).
It was too hot that afternoon and we were all exhausted and sweating.
I came inside the courtyard in order to take a few pictures and to try to feel this amazing freshness provided by a compelling fragrance made of all the flowers scents which are moisterizing the atmosphere.
When he saw his portraits he said he liked them.
I don’t know his story although I am using the words by “Strings”, one of my favourite pop band.

Yeh Hai Meri Kahani (This is my story)…

Lyrics and English translation:

The Idol

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The Idol


This is one more portrait of Christophe.
Christophe is a French famed singer and talented songwriter.
His first hit was “Aline” in 1965 and he is famous for his eternal songs “Les Paradis perdus” (“Lost Paradises” – 1973) and “Les Mots bleus” (“The Blue Words” – 1975).
Whenever he is performing he is illuminating the stage, gathering any kind of people from all generations.
Christophe is a decadent and flamboyant dandy who is a mysterious loner drifting apart from the showbiz scene.
He is notorious for being an uncontrollable rebel with panache and poetry.

Christophe sings at the feet of the Eiffel tower:

Voici un autre portait de Christophe.
Christophe est un chanteur français connu et un talentueux parolier.
Son premier succes “Aline” est sorti en 1965, ensuite ses chansons éternelles comme “Les Paradis perdus” (1973) et “Les Mots bleus” (1975) lui ont permis de trouver une grande popularité.
Lorsqu’il se produit il illumine la scène, rassemblant un public de toutes sortes et de toutes générations. 
Christophe est un dandy décadent et flamboyant qui est un solitaire mystérieux en retrait de l’industrie du divertissement.
C’est un rebel incontrolable mais avec panache et poésie. 


The Legend

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The Legend


This is a portrait of Satya Paul who is a living legend.
Satya Paul is considered as one of the greatest figures in the Indian fashion industry.
This self-taught designer is a pioneer since the sixties and his legacy could be compared to the work of Yves Saint Laurent.
His major contributions to design has been of questioning and changing the way to wear and perceive the sari and the salwar kameez by innovating the very form and drape of it.
He is currently supporting and promoting the various crafts of weaving from all over India. 
His name is well-known everywhere in the country and all my Indian friends dream to wear his sarees.
However Mister Satya Paul is the most humble fashion designer that I ever met.
I meet him for a week twice a year as our booths are next to each other during a show.
I am lucky to be able to share a few words with him every morning then and to listen to his wonderful words of wisdom about life.
There is a radiant energy coming from his amazing happiness.