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Things as we are

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by designldg

Things as we are

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“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
(Anais Nin – French author, 1903-1977)

It was during a winter afternoon along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), a old man was sleeping enjoying the last minutes of heat before sunset, a younger one was striking a few poses as if he was ready for a fashion show, further a bird wanted to find its dinner while another was looking at all of us from the top of a flag.
Maybe nothing was really going on this way, maybe I was the only one to see all that in the composition of this scenery, as Anais Nin wrote, we see things as we are…

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Distinguished Merchants

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Distinguished  Merchants

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“Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?”
(The Holy Bible- Isaiah, chapter 23)

Once again I went to take a few pictures at Nai Sadak, that amazing market in the center of Varanasi (Benaras) where most of the Muslims shopkeepers sell any kind of fabrics.
This timeless bazaar is an a source of inspiration for any artist as the place is full of people wearing traditional clothes, there are so many colours, it is also very noisy with any kind of musicmusic and many scents are floating in the air.
Those young men saw me an my camera and they asked for a few pictures, they said they knew me and they were happy when I started looking at them through the lense.
There was a distinguishability in their attitude, those merchants could have been princes…

With Heart and Soul

Posted in Some of me with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2010 by designldg

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“Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load
Trying to, touch and reach you with,
heart and soul”
(George Harrison – Member of The Beatles, 1943-2001)

I didn’t upload any picture of me since a while even though I used to do it in order to celebrate each time you were 10 000 new more viewers on my photostream.
Today you have been 301,546 Flickr viewers, 204,622 Worpress viewers and 79 033 Ipernity viewers to visit my photostreams.
Once again I want to thank you all for your kind comments and mails.
I really appreciate your support even if I can’t answer you as much as I would like because of the bad internet connection in Benaras, the many power cuts that we have to handle during summers and the lack of time due to all my activities.
However I read everything you write which gives me an amazing energy to carry on my work in photography and which brings me strength to fulfill my commitment to those causes for Human Rights where I am involved.
Thank you all for those gifts.
Thank you, Dhanyavad, Shukriya…

This picture was shot recently by my brother Manish Gupta in the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century which stands at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi.
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.

A Feeling of Humanty

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

A Feeling of Humanty

 

This picture was shot at Ahilyabai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This man came to bath in the holy waters with two friends and I made a few shots while they were drying and putting their clothes on.
They were happy to be there together, there was something strong all over the place, something that I can’t really explain, I would say that it was a feeling of humanity.
I felt that there couldn’t be one without the other, that those men’s humanity was bound to mine and that we could be human only all together.
And this was enhanced by that amazing light provided by dusk which is a gift for any photographer who comes nearby the water at that time.
They told me that they were pleased to see what I captured when they saw the pictures.

A Candid picture for 160 000 views

Posted in Some of me with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by designldg

A Candid picture for 160 000 views

 

I had 10 000 more viewers who visited my photostream and the tradition is to celebrate this uploading a picture with me.
This picture was shot a few weeks ago in front of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the holiest city in Sikhism, located in the state of Punjab (India).
I met those kids a while before as they were bathing in the holy tank, they didn’t mind that I took a few portraits of them.
Later I realized that they were following me around the temple, we took a few shots of all of us, like this candid picture and they kept on asking me so many things about photography, sometimes I couldn’t even find any answer, it was amazing to see how full of enthusiasm they were.
Maybe one day they’ll become photographers…

One more thing, after uploading another picture at Golden Temple, I had funny comments concerning the scarf I was wearing.
In order to clarify, I don’t try to become a pirate (!) but being head covered is compulsory for both men and women when visiting a Gurdwara or any other holy Sikh place, it is a sign of respect (like in many other religions). 
You also have to remove your shoes if you enter a place of worship.

Thank you again to all of you for your supportive comments and mails.
Thank you, Dhanyavad, Shukriya…

Like a gliding dance

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by designldg

A few days ago I met those young men at Darbhanga ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
It was during a Muslim festival day and most of the people who came to enjoy this peaceful place were happy.
Like many Banarsi those three young men are wearing a dhoti kurta which is a combination of a kurta on the top and a dhoti wrapped around the waist and the legs, and knotted at the waist.
Usualy Muslims wear it straight while Hindus bring a side between the legs and tuck it into the waist at the back (www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/2245714074).
This timeless garment gives a whimsical charm to people who therefore have to walk with a real allure and elegance.
They seem to be gliding, and to move smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly.
I kept on taking pictures of this trio, they felt a little shy but they enjoyed it.
I was telling them jokes to make them feel easy and later they were satisfied to see the pictures that I took.

Today people are observing Muharram (محرم) in India; it is undoubtedly the most Indianised of all Islamic observances even followed by some Hindus.
The date is important for all Muslims especially Shias since Hussein ibn Ali, the 3rd Imam of Shiism, was killed on this day. 

 

Like a gliding dance