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Thx to my 150 000 viewers…!!!

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes", Some of me with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2009 by designldg

Thx to my 150 000 viewers...!!!


Once again I want to thank you all for your kind comments and mails as 10 000 more viewers saw my photostream.
This morning you are 150 320 Flickr viewers, 49 460 Ipernity viewers and 25 522 visitors at my Worpress photo-blog.

The tradition is to celebrate this uploading a picture with me.
This one was shot by Manish Gupta, mere bhai, in front of a Tibetan temple located in Leh, the capital of Ladakh in the Himalayan hills.
I was showing to this Buddhist nun and to the other lady who came to meet her son that she didn’t see since a long time, a few pictures that I took of them.
It was a happy moment, we shared many things and we almost forgot how cold it was.

The Age of Enlightenment

Posted in Daydreams & Reveries with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by designldg

The Age of Enlightenment


The Age of Enlightenment or The Enlightenment is a term used to describe a phase in Western philosophy and cultural life centered upon the eighteenth century, in which reason was advocated as the primary source and legitimacy for authority.

Today when a periodical asks its readers a question, it does so in order to collect opinions on some subject about which everyone has an opinion already; there is not much likelihood of learning anything new. 
In the eighteenth century, editors preferred to question the public on problems that did not yet have solutions. 
I don’t know whether or not that practice was more effective; it was unquestionably more entertaining.
( Michel Foucault – “What is Enlightenment ?” (“Qu’est-ce que les Lumières ?”), in Rabinow (P.), éd., The Foucault Reader, New York, Pantheon Books, 1984, pp. 32-50)

This was shot in the Royal Château de Fontainebleau which is located 55.5 km (34.5 mi) south-southeast of the centre of Paris.

Beyond Orientalism

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by designldg


Beyond Orientalism


“The oldest living city in the world”.

I went early this morning for a walk in Kashi, the old part of Varanasi (Benaras) in order to take a few pictures.
Near Kashi Vishwanath temple (Lord Shiva’s mandir) those two young Brahmans were talking seriously, they saw me taking pictures and didn’t really care of it.

The attitude of the boy standing on the right reminds of Lord Krishna who is oftened depicted in this position.
I found a touch of Orientalism in the composition that I could see in my camera screen, something which reminded me French paintings of the 19°.

Those two kids belong to the Brahman cast (aslo known as Brahmin) which according Hinduism, refers to the priestly caste in the Hindu caste system. 
The Sanskrit word Brāhmaṇa denotes the scholar/teacher, priest, caste, class (varṇa), or tribe, that has been traditionally enjoined to live a life of learning, teaching and non-possessiveness.