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Everlasting Beauty

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

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“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.”
(Jules Renard – French author, 1864–1910)

This lady came from South India in order to worship the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
After taking a bath in the holy waters, she was styling her long white hair under the sun.
The quintessence of femininity was visible through her graceful gestures…she was beautiful…

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Frozen Time

Posted in Hands of Grace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2011 by designldg

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“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”
(Henry Van Dyke – American Writer, Poet and Essayist, 1852-1933)

A young lady was standing along the holy waters of the Ganges at Dasaswamedh Ghat, in Varanasi (Benaras).
She was keeping the golden watch of her father while he was worshiping in the river.
It was after sunrise and the light was already bright.
I took several portraits of her but I thought that her hands holding that watch was showing more about who she was, I could feel all the tenderness and respect she had for the most important man of her young life.
I showed her those pictures and she smiled at me with modesty.
My camera allowed me to freeze this moment in time as if it was possible to stop time running…

 

The Infinite Between Two Souls

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“Music fills the infinite between two souls”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This picture was shot last afternoon at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi.
In front of the large water tank there are the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century where I met Jatin who was playing guitar with three of his friends.
It was at the end of the afternoon and the weather became cool with a few raindrops, auspicious signs of the end of summer and the forthwith begining of the rainy season.
Jatin’s music brouht an uncommon atmosphere to the place with a few colours reminding me some of the Eagles.

Removing a Splinter

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2009 by designldg

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“Understanding suffering is very important.
The practice of meditation is designed not to develop pleasure but to understand the truth of suffering; and in order to understand the truth of suffering, one also has to understand the truth of awareness.
When true awareness takes place, suffering does not exist. Through awareness, suffering is somewhat changed in its perspective.
It is not necessarily that you do not suffer, but the haunting quality that fundamentally you are in trouble is removed.
It is like removing a splinter.
It might
hurt, and you might still feel pain, but the basic cause of that pain, the ego, has been removed.”

“Removing the splinter of ego” from Chapter Three, “The Power of Flickering Thoughts,” in “the truth of suffering and the path of liberation”, based on talks at the Vajradhatu Seminaries conducted by Chogyam Trungpa.

This young man was removing a splinter from his foot as he was sitting along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He reminded me a Greek sculpture from the Hellenistic department which is in Le Louvre museum in Paris.

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Making a Sample

Posted in 3 - RED HALO, Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by designldg

Making a Sample

 

This is the making of a sample of a throw for our next collection which I shot in our workshop in Varanasi (Benaras).

Jai Prakash’s magic hand is following a drawing printed with zinc and petrol on a pure linen fabric.
He is using a cotton thread in order to make this embroidery.
This traditional artcraft, called aari embroidery, is a minute chain stitch done by a hook which is an adaptation of the cobbler’s awl, it is a very delicate and floral style of embroidery, inspired by the Mughals’ damask that they used to wear on Varanasi silk.
This is a rich heritage in India where Aari embroidery thread has existed since the XVth century.
At the Mughal courts (14 – 17th century) it was patronized and highly appreciated. 
After the Mughal Empire fell the master craftsmen scattered to other royal courts in the country. 
The word aari derives from the word ‘aar’ or the needle used for this work.

We called this design “Akbar”.
(RED HALO – Summer 2009).