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Ability for Life

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

Ability for Life

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“The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am” (Laura Schlessinger – American talk radio host, b. 1947)

This child was in a little village nearby Lucknow where I went to take pictures of women making traditional Chikan Embroidery. The whole village was waiting for me, everyone was wearing their favourite garments and even little girls like this one had make-up. Over there Muslims and Hindus are living together in harmony, I was touched to see how pure those people were. Finally I couldn’t help taking more portraits than close-up of the embroidery process, those happy faces were truly a gift, their ability for life is a promise of hope…

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The Stubborn Hope

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by designldg

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. 
You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
(Anne Lamott – American author, 1954)

This was shot in the little yard which is at Guria, in Varanasi (Benaras).
Manju joined those girls for a few pictures around a well water pump.
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.

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.
In this file there are many happy faces belonging to amazing children who have hope for a better future.

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

Guria means doll in Hindi and those happy girls are like dolls and I would like to thank all of you with their smiles for commenting so nicely those pictures, I’ll give them all your kind messages in a few days.

Hope for Tomorrow

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2010 by designldg

These series of children portraits were shot at Guria, in Varanasi (Benaras).
Those happy faces belong to amazing children who would like to have a normal childhood like any other child in the world.
They have hope for a better future.

Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
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.
Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

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

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

A Hope Tree

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2010 by designldg

“Lord save us all from… a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.”
(Mark Twain – American author, 1835 – 1910)

These series of children portraits were shot at Guria, in Varanasi (Benaras).
Those happy faces belong to amazing children who would like to have a normal childhood like any other child in the world.
They have hope for a better future.

Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.
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.
Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.

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

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

Enchanted Mischievousness

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by designldg

Enchanted Mischievousness

 

“”If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. 
Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. 
And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. 
And what it wouldn’t be, it would. 
You see?”
( From “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll)

This Indian little girl is my niece Aadrika who lives in a kind of wonderland with an enchanted mischievousness.
In this world she meets tigers, little dogs and dragons with amazing powers, some of them dance banghra and sing Bollywood songs, most of the little girls are princesses and they enjoy wearing too much of make-up while eating chocolate ice-creams and sometimes they even have to play hide and seek with a blue rabbit who is asking for a kiss in French as long as his batteries are working…
It is so pleasant to slide in this world of her own and to remember your own childhood.
I took this portrait in Varanasi (Benaras), it was during a summer day, after lunch.

“Here Comes The Sun”

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2009 by designldg

"Here Comes The Sun"

 

“…Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces 
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun 
and I say it’s all right …”

Last morning a few lyrics from “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles came to my mind as I was reaching the bank of Ramnagar which is facing Varanasi (Benaras).
A few kids who were swimming in the Ganges came towards Anand’s boat, they were happy and smiling like summer sunshines and I could almost forget that it was very hot.
Temperature has reached 47° since a few days…

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When I was Little

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2009 by designldg


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© All photographs are copyrighted and all rights reserved. 
Please do not use any photographs without permission (even for private use).
The use of any work without consent of the artist is PROHIBITED and will lead automatically to consequences.

“Your Lord has commanded that you worship none but Him, and be kind to parents.
If either or both of them reach old age with you, do not rebuke them, but speak to them in terms of honor and kindness.
Treat them with humility, and say, ‘My Lord! Have mercy on them, for they did care for me when I was little’.”
From Holy Quran (17:23-4).

During week-ends I often meet families coming on the ghats along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
There I enjoy to see how close fathers can be with their children.
This was shot from a boat last Friday.

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