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A Solitary Tear

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“The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Playwright and Essayist. Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

There is nothing left to take away to this solitary tear which reflects on the Yamuna river.
In this cruel and imperfect world, the Taj is the proof that Love can still create perfection…”Dilruba”…

For all the Taj Mahal lovers, this is the new commercial by Guerlain for “Shalimar”, the unforgettable scent since the 20’s…
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The Holiest Situation Upon Earth

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“Benares. This holy city of the Hindus was at the height of its prosperity at least a thousand years before the birth of Christ, and was already old when Plato taught in Athens and when the earliest Roman fortress rose upon the Palatine.
The first view that I gained of Benares from across the Ganges quickened my pulse and made me catch my breath, not merely from its great antiquity, but from the fact that to a vast proportion of the human race this is the holiest situation upon earth, raised spiritually as far above the ordinary abodes of man as the unrivaled summits of the Himalayas soar above the plains of Hindustan.”
(From “India – John L. Stoddard’s Lectures” by John L. Stoddard, published by Norwood Press in 1901)

This is a view of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) from Scindia ghat to Munshi ghat.
It was shot at the end of the day when the light comes from the west and gives the feeling that sunsets don’t last very long in the Eternal city…

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A Revealed Paradise

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2013 by designldg

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“It is this admirable, this immortal, instinctive sense of beauty that leads us to look upon the spectacle of this world as a glimpse, a correspondence with heaven.
Our unquenchable thirst for all that lies beyond, and that life reveals, is the liveliest proof of our immortality.
It is both by poetry and through poetry, by music and through music, that the soul dimly descries the splendours beyond the tomb; and when an exquisite poem brings tears to our eyes, those tears are not a proof of overabundant joy: they bear witness rather to an impatient melancholy, a clamant demand by our nerves, our nature, exiled in imperfection, which would fain enter into immediate possession, while still on this earth, of a revealed paradise.”
(Charles Baudelaire – French poet, 1821-1867)

This amazing mansion gathering classical Indian and European styles stands at Rani ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This ghat is far from the center, in a very quiet place away from the noise and the turmoil of the city.
On this side of the river many other buildings recall the splendour of the past which once made the renown of the City of Lights…

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Related To the whole world

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“As a woman I have no country.
As a woman I want no country.
As a woman, my country is the whole world.”
(Virginia Woolf – English writer, 1882–1941)

This lady was changing clothes after having a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Stand with Anna Hazare

Posted in Human Rights Violations with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2011 by designldg

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”Bliss does not come from outside, it comes from inside, from serving the people.”
(Kisan Baburao Hazare known as Anna Hazare – Indian Anti-corruption activist, b.1937)

I am using this picture showing men wearing Gandhi caps along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras) as a dedication to Anna Hazare who was jailed in Delhi a few hours ago.
Those caps are commonly worn by Indian independence activists and tonight many of his supporters are wearing it as a symbol of their fight.

On August 16, 2011 Anna Hazare, an Indian social activists fighting for the noble cause of anti-corruption was arrested four hours before the planned indefinite hunger strike due to disagreement between Civil Society and UPA Government over a strong anti-corruption bill commonly called as Jan-Lokpal Billand and was sent to Tihar jail located in the west of New Delhi.
Along with Hazare, other key members of the India Against Corruption movement including Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia were also detained from different locations.
It was reported that about 1,300 supporters were detained in Delhi.
Earlier Shehla Masood, Anna Hazare’s supporter and RTI activist was shot dead in Bhopal.
Anna Hazare received massive and unanticipated support from people across the country.
Tonight peaceful protest rallies and marches were held all over the country against government’s move of arresting Hazare and others.

This is an important page of the history of India which is happening now with the beginning of a new democracy.
Anna Hazare became a symbol gathering any kind of people, from any part of the country, with any religion, from any generation and any social background.

Anna Hazare is an inspiration to the whole world, he is giving a new meaning for politics and a hope for better tomorrows.
“Jai Hind…Bharat Maata Ki Jai…!!!”

www.ndtv.com/article/india/who-is-anna-hazare-96883
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Anna-Hazares-supporter-…
www.penn-olson.com/2011/04/08/petition-to-support-anna-ha…

In an Inspirational Mood

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The creative process takes so many ways.
Sometimes inspiration is simply in front of my eyes, I just need to walk in the city and find an idea or a new concept from a small detail.
I saw this pattern on the door of an old house nearby Aurangzeb’s mosque in Kashi, the oldest part of Varanasi (Benaras).
Photography allows me to learn to look at things, my mind keeps being busy, this detail could become a throw with an embroidery and pipings…
It is this mental and social process which involves the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts that makes the training of the conception of creativness.
It is also an interpretation of the past or of what was done before and it often happens accidentally with serendipity…

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From a Mesmeric Influence

Posted in 3 - RED HALO with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by designldg

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This is a close-up of a linen throw with a two tones aari embroidery inspired by Emperor Akbar’s wife, Jodhabai.

Since last season our collections are influenced by the Mughals and the Rajputs styles on which we give a contemporary touch.
It also allows to use traditional local artcrafts technics.
(Throw style “Jodha” / RED HALO – Summer 09)

We decided that our favourite model Anand will be overpowering our new campaign.

The photo shoot took two days and I used a natural light only as we did it on the upper terrace which is at our office in Varanasi (Benaras).

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Poems in Silk

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Poems in Silk

 

“The oldest living city in the world”.
Those three sarees are drying at the upper terrace nearby the Bivi Razaia Masjid, a small mosque located in the chawk of Varanasi (Benaras).
It was two days ago at sunset, a few hours before Mumbai’s tragedy.
Everything seemed to be so peaceful then, it was a moment frozen in eternity with those three poems in silk, light like chiffon.
Each tells a different story with it’s weaven motives and colours.
Mister Kamaludin Khan, the colour magician, was asking some of his workers to fold them; I just had the time to take a few pictures and to enjoy those shades of blue and purple which were flying like butterflies…

“Then farewell, Beauty”

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

"Then farewell, Beauty"

 

“Beauty spent three months very contentedly in the palace. 
Every evening Beast paid her a visit, and talked to her, during supper, very rationally, with plain good common sense, but never with what the world calls wit; and Beauty daily discovered some valuable qualifications in the monster, and seeing him often had so accustomed her to his deformity, that, far from dreading the time of his visit, she would often look on her watch to see when it would be nine, for the Beast never missed coming at that hour. 
There was but one thing that gave Beauty any concern, which was, that every night, before she went to bed, the monster always asked her, if she would be his wife. 
One day she said to him, “Beast, you make me very uneasy, I wish I could consent to marry you, but I am too sincere to make you believe that will ever happen; I shall always esteem you as a friend, endeavor to be satisfied with this.”
“I must,” said the Beast, “for, alas! I know too well my own misfortune, but then I love you with the tenderest affection.
However, I ought to think myself happy, that you will stay here; promise me never to leave me.” ”
(Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête), a 1946 French romantic fantasy film adaptation of Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont’s fairy tale). 

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.

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)
foucault.info/documents/whatIsEnlightenment/foucault.whatIsEnlightenment.en.html

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.