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Gone With The Wind

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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“Looking back on my life, I sigh.
The caprice of youth goes with the wind, I’ve no regrets.”
(“Rooftop Soliloquy” by Roman Payne)

Sometimes in summer this young man comes to rest for a moment on the stairs of a Vishnu temple which stands under Nepali ghat.
This location allows him to keep on eye on the herd of water buffalos which he is taking care of.
Most of the time he has to jump in the holy waters of the Ganges when the cattle refuses to leave.
I often take some pictures of him and his animals and once in a while he also comes to the akhara nearby where he is training for a short while.

This is a new picture from a series of 16 published in the new issue of Mascular Magazine (from page 136 to page 145),
www.mascular.co.uk/Magazine/Issue4.Winter2013/Mascular4
(When opening this magazine be aware that there are a few pictures with “explicit content” there)

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Body & Soul

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by designldg

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“Eros (or call it lust if you will), is like a beautiful, magnificent Afghan Hound!
A pure white Afghan Hound commanding respect and honor!
But if you take the Afghan Hound and lock it in a small cage, shun it and look upon it badly, treat it as a pestilence and wish that it would die; that same creature of beauty will become a vile, unrepentant, dark creature of the shadows!
Untrusting, hidden in the corner, aggressive… something that will harm others and yourself!
But is this the nature of the creature, is this the fault of the creature?
Or are YOU the one who has created the monster that it has become?
And this is my philosophy: that we are both corporeal and incorporeal beings, therefore, the same amount of good intent MUST be given to both our soul and our body!”
(C. JoyBell C. – Poet, Essayist, Novelist, Philosopher and Author)

This picture was shot a few days ago at the upper terrace of my office in Varanasi (Benaras) with natural light.

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In the River of Teachings

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“The Guru is the ocean, and all His Teachings are the river. Bathing within it, glorious greatness is obtained.”
(Sri Guru Granth Sahib, or Adi Granth, the religious text of Sikhism)

This man was having a ritual bath in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was early in the morning, the water was cold and the back lighting was providing an amazing atmosphere which can only be seen in winter.

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Being Happy

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by designldg

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“When all your desires are distilled you will cast just two votes: To love more and to be happy.”
(Hāfez – Persian lyric poet, 1325-1390)

This young man was bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
The turquoise blue shades of Lal ghat were reflecting in the sacred river, calming down the deep greens and gold of the stream…

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The Canvas of Eternity

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The Canvas of Eternity

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“You will see your life for what it really is: a small blip on the canvas of eternity.
And you will come to see clearly who you are and the ultimate purpose of your life.”
“Which is?”
“To serve, of course.”
(From “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma)

This is a picture of Anand’s brother who is a ship carpenter along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Like his father his work is to fabricate, assemble, install and repair wooden boats which will never leave the shores of the Eternal city.

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As Brothers and Sisters

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“When we look at modern man we have to face the fact that modern man suffers from a kind of poverty of the spirit, which stands in glaring contrast to his scientific and technological abundance, we’ve learned to fly the air like birds, we’ve learned to swim the seas like fish, and yet we havent learned to walk the earth as brothers and sisters.”
(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – American clergyma and activist, 1929-1968)

This is a close-up of Anand’s face shot at the upper terrace which is on the top of my office in Varanasi (Benaras).
Since many seasons he is modelling for the pictures of our collections.
In a country where the “fairer is better” ideology is promoted everywhere, it is breaking a social and cultural taboo to enhance dark skin complexions like his skin.
Over forty years later, Martin Luther King’s words are still an unfortunate reality…


In those strange times where the future seems unsecure, I see people becoming scared, selfish, racist, nationalist, greedy, jalous…and my dreams of happiness and brotherhood become laughable idealism…

It was Friendship day today in India and in many Asian countries, with Anand’s smile I wish a better tomorrow to my friends and to anyone who will take the time to read those words.
Happy Friendship Day…!!!

Unrelenting Abandon

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Unrelenting Abandon

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“The pain is unrelenting; one does not abandon, even briefly, one’s bed of nails, but is attached to it wherever one goes.”
(William Styron – American Writer and Novelist, 1925-2006)

This was shot along the Ganges at Venimadhava ghat in Varanasi (Benaras) on a Sunday morning.
This man was having a traditional ayurvedic foot massage and he was in a state of unrelenting abandon…
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that was developed in the Indian subcontinent hundreds of years ago.
According to the principle of Ayurveda, the human body is composed of a unique mixture of energies, called ‘dosha’.
This unique mixture differs from person to person.
person’s ‘dosha’ determines the kind of lifestyle that that person should lead, the ailments he or she will be susceptible to, the sort of food to be partaken, etc.
Thus Ayurveda bases treatment based on a person’s unique ‘dosha’.

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