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The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer.
You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things.
But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.”
(David Bailey – English fashion and portrait photographer, b.1938)

This picture was shot in a little village near Varanasi (Benaras) where a few workers of the Red Haloteam live.
When I come and visit the families I enjoy taking pictures of the ordinary countryside life which I find extraordinary as it reminds me a few images from old Indian movies I used to watch when I was a teenager.
Time has passed living fragments of nostalgia and the illusion that hours, months or years could stop over there…

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Holy Cow

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“I knew the profanity used up and down my street would not go over the air…
So I trained myself to say ‘Holy Cow’ instead.”
(Harry Caray – American baseball broadcaster, 1914-1998)

This picture was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Nandi, the gate keeper of Shiva, is facing the main shrine of a temple where a cow was also standing…

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The Holy Cow

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by designldg

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“Worship to thee, springing to life, and worship to thee when born!
Worship, O Cow, to thy tail-hair, and to thy hooves, and to thy form!
The man who knows the Seven Floods, who knows the seven distances,

Who knows the head of sacrifice, he may receive the holy Cow.”
(From Hymn X:10 of the Atharva Veda)
Those men came at sunrise along the Ganges in order to worship Nandi at Gay ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).
In Hindi “gay” means “cow”.
Nandi is the bull associated with Shiva and is said to be His vehicle, it symbolizes both power and ignorance.
Lord Shiva’s use of the bull as a vehicle conveys the idea that He removes ignorance and bestows power of wisdom on His devotees.
The bull is called Vrisha in Sanskrit which means dharma (righteousness), thus Nandi shown next to Shiva also indicates that He is the etemal companion of righteousness.

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A Request to Nandi

Posted in Hinduism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by designldg

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Lord Shiva said, “Nandi has surrendered into me so completely that he has all my powers and my protection”…

I took this picture one evening at dusk near Manikarnika ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Nandi means “The joyful” in Sanskrit.
This white bull with a black tail is the vâhana of Lord Shiva and is the symbol of the powerful instinctive force tamed by Him.
Nandi is the perfect devotee, the soul of man, kneeling humbly before Lord Shiva, ever concentrated on Him.
The ideal and goal of the Shiva bhakta (devotee) is to behold Shiva in everything.
Statues of Nandi are standing at the entrance of the temples dedicated to the Lord of the oldest living city in the world also called Nandishvara (The Lord of Nandi).
Devotees bring floral offerings and touch the stone, usually their prayers are for fertility.
It is also considered a custom among some to whisper the fact of their visit, to that shrine, while requesting the faithful attendant to inform his master of the same.

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“where’s my water buffalo?”

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2009 by designldg

@"where's my water buffalo"

 

“NARRATOR
And now it’s time for Silly Songs with Larry.
The part of the show where Larry comes out and sings a silly song
So without further adieu… Silly Songs with Larry

LARRY THE CUCUMBER
The Water Buffalo song
Everybody’s got a water buffalo
Yours is fast but mine is slow
Oh, where do you get them I don’t know
But everyone’s got a water buffaloooooo……………..
I took my buffalo to the store
Got his head stuck in the door
Spilled some lima beans on the floor
Oh everybody’s got a…

ARCHIE
Stop it! Stop! Stop right this instant!
What do you think you are doing?
You can’t say everybody’s got a water buffalo
When everyone does not have a water buffalo!
We’re going to get nasty letters saying
“where’s my water buffalo? Why don’t i have a water buffalo?”
And are you prepared to deal with that? I don’t think so!
Just stop being so silly!

LARRY
Everybody’s got a baby kangaroo
Your’s is pink but mine is blue.
Hers was small but…

ARCHIE
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. “

(Veggie Tales – The Water Buffalo Song)
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I took this picture one afternoon, last December, at Shivala ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

Bathing with Water Buffalos

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2009 by designldg

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Water buffalos enjoy bathing in the Ganges and mostly in summers when the heat
becomes unbearable in Varanasi (Benaras).
This is one more picture that I shot one evening nearby Nepali ghat along the holy waters.
Most of the time those animals refuse to go back to the ghat and then the shepherd has to be creative in order to make them leave.
Water buffalos have been domesticated however their behavior sometimes differs from cattle.
For example, most water buffaloes are not trained to be driven.
Instead, the herdsman must walk alongside or ahead of them.
They then instinctively follow.

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Before Sunset at Gai Ghat

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Before Sunset at Gai Ghat

 

This was shot before sunset at Gai Ghat (also known as Gaya Ghat) which is one of the important spots in Varanasi (Benaras) along the Ganges

The highlight there is a huge sculpted figure of a stone cow, from which the ghat got its name ‘Gai’ (cow in Hindi) and it is symbolizing the earth.

Those two young men were standing at a few stairs below where a smaller statue of Nandi (नंदी), the cow who is the gate keeper of Shiva in Hindu mythology, is facing a lingam with a snake on it.

Those friends had an hair cut a moment before and they were drying after a bath in the holy waters.