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The Unexpected

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by designldg

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“I’m looking for the unexpected.
I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.”
(Robert Mapplethorpe – American photographer, 1946–1989)

Jonathan is a French wannabe actor who wants to perform on theatre stage on the footsteps of his family.
He has Caribbean roots with a West Indian background from Guadeloupe and Indian ancestors from Pondicherry.
This picture was shot during his first modeling photo session as we were building up his portfolio and it was a promising beginning…

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A Restless Dream

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by designldg

A Restless Dream

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“What difference is there between us, save a restless dream that follows my soul but fears to come near you? ”
(By Kahlil Gibran in “The Voice of the Poet”)

At the end of a Sunday afternoon this man was washing in the Ganges at Shitla Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Corporeal Frames

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by designldg

Corporeal Frames

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“It is by no means certain that our individual personality is the single inhabitant of these our corporeal frames…
We all do things both awake and asleep which surprise us.
Perhaps we have cotenants in this house we live in.”
(Oliver Wendell Holmes – American Physician, Poet, Writer and Professor at Harvard, 1809-1894)

A few minutes after sunrise this young man was washing in the Ganges at Shitla Ghat in Varanasi (Benaras).

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An Impression

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2011 by designldg

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“Children are like wet cement.
Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”
(Haim Ginott – Teacher, child psychologist and psychotherapist, 1922–1973)

As I was leaving one of our fabric workshop located in Pilikothi which is a Muslim area of Varanasi (Benaras), I met this little boy who was among a group of children coming back from Queens Convent School.
The oldest living city in the world often gives an impression of mixing cultures, just like the amazing eye colour of this child which kept my attention.

 

With Her Weaknesses

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by designldg

With Her Weaknesses

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“Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weaknesses.”
(Marie Anne de Vichy-Chamrond, marquise du Deffand – French writer, hostess and patron of the arts,1697–1780)

I met this lady in a little village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Like most of the ladies there she was making traditional Chikan embroidery.
Everyone knew I was coming in order to take pictures so they were wearing their best saris, the place was filled up with happiness.
This lady was shy however she asked for her portrait and she became proud to see herself on the screen of my camera.
I was touched by her rough beauty wrapped with bashfulness, it was probably her weakness…

Wild Expressions

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

“Grant me some wild expressions, Heavens, or I shall burst.”
(George Farquhar – Irish Poet and Dramatist, 1677-1707)

Last afternoon I took several portraits of Abhishek at the upper terrace of our office in Vanarasi (Benaras).
I hope that he won’t mind that I have been uploading this one which is really wild and funny.

Mind Expressions

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

“Your world is a living expression of how you are using and have used your mind.”
(Earl Nightingale – American author, 1921–1989)

This is another portrait of Abhishek shot last afternoon at the upper terrace of our office in Vanarasi (Benaras).

Facial Expressions

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2010 by designldg

“Comedy’s easy for me now – it’s all about timing and the way you deliver lines. 
I use facial expressions to get the point across.”
(Melissa Joan Hart – Actress, b.1976)

This is a portrait of Abhishek playing the man with a 1000 faces, it was shot last afternoon at the upper terrace of our office in Vanarasi (Benaras).

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2010 by designldg

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”
(Mark Twain – American Writer, 1835-1910)

Among the many children I met at Guria, this one might be the only one who didn’t smile to me.
He was wondering who I was, maybe he was scared even though he seemed to be brave.
He was holding this younger boy in his arms, I don’t know if he was his brother, anyway Guria is a place where I felt a real brotherhood among all the children.
When I asked their names I realized that they were from several religions.

Guria is a Human Rights organisation in Varanasi (Benaras) fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
Guria means doll in Hindi.

Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.

A few days ago they were nominated for the 2010 Front Line Award, an international foundation for the protection of Human Rights defenders. 

Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.
There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website,www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

http://www.frontlinedefenders.net/node/2433

Permanent and Persistent

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by designldg

Permanent and Persistent

“ A corporeal phenomenon, a feeling, a perception, a mental formation, a consciousness, which is permanent and persistent, eternal and not subject to change, such a thing the wise men in this world do not recognize; and I also say that there is no such thing.”
(Siddhārtha Gautama (Buddha Sakyamuni) – founder of Buddhism, 563 – 483 B.C)

This man was washing near Assi Ghat, in Varanasi (Benaras).
The same day it was written in the newspapers that from now it was forbidden to use soap along the Ganges in order to lower polution’s intensity.
It might take a long time until people start to change their behavior there…

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