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Shaped by the Light

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2012 by designldg

 

 

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“There is no closed figure in nature.
Every shape participates with another.
No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.”
(Henri Cartier-Bresson – French photographe, 1908–2004)

This was shot as I was climbing the hillock leading to Shey Gompa (monastery) and Palace in a land of freezing winds among the rocks and peebles of the cold desert shaped by the light…

The palace, mostly in ruins now, was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.
The Namgyals abandoned the place and fled to Stok on the opposite side of the Indus River when the Dogras of Jammu invaded Ladakh in 1842.

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“Prayers for Leh which has lost all contact”

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by designldg

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Sad news, there were hundreds of people killed in flash floods and thousand of houses washed away in Leh.
Over 500 people are still missing tonight (Sunday).
The cloudburst, flash floods and mudslides that hit Leh town around midnight on Friday washed away government offices, paramilitary camps and residential homes.
Among the worst hit are the Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR), many local hotels and shops.
With road and air connectivity disrupted and phone lines down, Leh has been cut off from rest of the world since Thursday night.
The disruption in communication system has affected the rescue work undertaken by the Army as well as other paramilitary personnel.
Over 6,000 army men and troopers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are involved in the massive relief and rescue operation and are assisting the local administration.
Airtel whose network is still operating in Leh, has issued SIM cards to the local administration for setting up helplines.

I never thought that this could happen in such a place which was a piece of heaven.
The Indus River there, called Sênggê Zangbo, the “Lion River” in Tibetan, is so narrow that I keep on wondering how such a thing is possible…
All my prayers are going to the wonderful people of Leh, I have their smiles and happiness in mind forever…

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This is a view of Leh, the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh which is in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
It was shot from a terrace at Leh Palace, a former home of the royal family of Ladakh.
Leh is at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,483 ft), it is spread over 45,110 sq. km, and comprises the main town and 12 adjacent villages..
For centuries it has been an important stopover on trade routes along the Indus Valley between Tibet to the east, Kashmir to the west and also between India and China.

The Good Shine from Afar

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by designldg

Sunrise at Bandhavgarh

Posted in The Jungle Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by designldg

“I have no gift of words, but I speak the truth.”
(Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book, Mowgli’s Brothers)

This picture was shot at sunrise as we were entering into the jungle of Bandhavgarh in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh.
Everything seemed to be quiet then, it was the begining of the adventure…

Strange Legends

Posted in The Jungle Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by designldg

“Many strange legends are told of these jungles of India, but none so strange as the story of a small boy named Mowgli.
It all began when the silence of the jungle was broken by an unfamiliar sound.“
(Bagheera in the motion picture “The Jungle Book” – 1967)

On the top of a hill lost in the jungle of Bandhavgarh in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh, there are the remains of old temples and palaces where tigers like to spend their days.
This was shot there at sunrise when everything all around seems to be still sleeping.

The Art of Seeing

Posted in Mobilis in Mobile with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by designldg

“When a man understands the art of seeing, he can trace the spirit of an age and the features of a king even in the knocker on a door.”
(“The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, a novel by Victor Hugo published in 1831)

In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo makes frequent reference to the architecture of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
The enormous popularity of the book in France spurred the nascent historical preservation movement in that country and strongly encouraged Gothic revival architecture.
Ultimately it led to major renovations at Notre-Dame in the 19th century led by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.
Much of the cathedral’s present appearance is a result of this renovation.

I don’t show many images of Paris in my photostream however there is a connection with a series of pictures about Gothicism in Varanasi (Benaras) on which I am working actuallyand that I’ll be uploading soon.

Smile at Each Other

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by designldg

Smile at Each Other

“Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.”
(Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Albanian born Indian Missionary and Founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. 1910-1997)

This is another portrait that I have shot last Sunday as I was walking near Lal ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Then I met several kids and young men bathing in the holy waters and listening to the lectures of a priest sitting under a big umbrella.
When they saw me each asked for a picture and of course I was happy to make a few portraits that I promised to print and to deliver at the same place today.

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Eternity at Dusk

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2009 by designldg

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This is a glimpse of Eternity, shot at dusk from a platform which is located at Ahilyabai ghat along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), the Eternal city.

I thought that the music of Gustav Mahler, in particular the Adagietto from his Fifth Symphony, would frame this picture:

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Ô Benaras

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2009 by designldg

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Most of the pictures that I upload are from the Eternal city however I don’t often show large views like this one.
Maybe because Benaras allows to make inner journeys and to feel the deepest parts of the soul.
As time goes by my I am making more close-ups than landscapes as if I was trying to go inside the mind of the people I meet or of the things I see.
I believe that this must be a normal step in my quest for the “Remembrance of Things Past” which I started searching there several years ago.
This image was shot from Anand’s boat along the Ganges while we were approaching Dasashvamedha ghat, the main ghat of the City of Lights.

“The Ganges front is the supreme showplace of Benares.
Its tall bluffs are solidly caked from water to summit, along a stretch of three miles, with a splendid jumble of massive and picturesque masonry, a bewildering and beautiful confusion of stone platforms, temples, stair flights, rich and stately palaces….soaring stairways, sculptured temples, majestic palaces, softening away into the distances; and there is movement, motion, human life everywhere, and brilliantly costumed – streaming in rainbows up and down the lofty stairways, and massed in metaphorical gardens on the mile of great platforms at the river’s edge.”
(Mark Twain, American Writer – 1835-1910)

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The Abode of Snow

Posted in Ladakh, the "land of high passes" with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 14, 2009 by designldg

The Abode of Snow

 

“The good shine from afar Like the snowy Himalayas. The bad don’t appear Even when near, Like arrows shot into the night.” (Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.) This is a view of the Tibetan Plateau in the Himalayas very early in the morning. For those who know me it might be funny to know that I took this picture from the plane which was taking me from Delhi to Leh in Ladakh, as I have a strong flight phobia since I am a child… The word "Himalaya" means "home (or abode) of snow", it comes from Sanskrit hima "snow" and alaya "abode". Sanskrit himá "frost, snow" is also cognate to Latin hiems "winter" from PIE (Proto-Indo-European language) ghyem-. As words, the expression "Himalaya Range" is therefore similar to the Spanish-based mountain range called the Sierra Nevada. Everything is so connected…