Archive for langot

A Muscular Energy

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by designldg

© 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.

“There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.”
(Annie Dillard – American Author, b.1945)

This man was standing under the sunlight at Nandeshwar along the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Join the photographer at https://www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography

In Vishnu’s Highest Footstep

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2011 by designldg

© 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.

“Him whose three places that are filled with sweetness, imperishable joy as it may list them, Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.
May I attain to His well-loved mansion where men devoted to the Gods are happy.
For there springs, close akin to the Wide-Strider, the well of meath in Vishnu’s highest footstep.”
(From the Rig-veda – 1.154.1-5)

This man was stepping down Nandeshwar Ghat towards the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This picture is a kind of metaphor in order to emphasize that the area along the ghats is eulogised as Vishnu’s body.

Varanasi has 98 sacred water fronts, which are believed to form the cosmic frame linking 14 bhavana kosas of the human body.
Among 84 ghats, 5 are considered to be supremely auspicious.
These are Asi, Dashashwamedha, Manikarnika, Panchganga and Adikeshava.
These are the Panchathirthas, and are believed to be symbols of the cosmic body of Lord Vishnu; Asi at the head, Dashashwamedha at the chest, Manikarnika at the navel, Panchganga at the thighs and Adikeshava at the feet.
Manikarnika is considered to be at the center of the 5 thirthas, the navel of the universe from which blooms life.

Join the photographer at www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography

No Doubt

Posted in Wings of the Soul with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 5, 2011 by designldg

No Doubt

© 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.

“There is neither this world nor the world beyond nor happiness for the one who doubts”.
(Bhagavad Gita)

This man was standing at Lal ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He stood still for a long time as if he was between this world and the world beyond…
In Hindi “lal” means “red” however the whole place was painted with a Turkish blue but in fact it is a corruption of Lala.
This ghat was erected by a rich merchant in c. 1800 after whose name it is now known.
The red langot (Indian underwear) is a nod to the color.
__________________________________________

“Il n’y a ni ce monde, ni le monde de l’au-delà, ni de bonheur pour celui qui doute”.
(Bhagavad Gita)

Cet homme se trouvait à Lal ghat le long du Gange à Varanasi (Benaras).
Il s’est arrêté pendant un long moment comme s’il se trouvait entre ce monde et celui de l’au-delà…
En hindi “lal” signifie “rouge” et pourtant cet endroit est entièrement peint en turquoise, en fait il s’agit d’une altération de Lala.
Ce ghat tient son nom d’un riche négociant qui l’a fait ériger aux alentours de1800.
Le langot rouge (sous-vêtement indien) est un clin d’œil à cette couleur.

Join the photographer at www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography

Evening Melancholy

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by designldg

Evening Melancholy

© All rights reserved.

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.

“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that, in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
(Khalil Gibran – Lebanese American artist, poet, and writer, 1883–1931)

This was shot recently on a Sunday evening when a few people came to find some freshness along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I don’t know this young man, I could feel a kind of melancholy around him.
I did several pictures, he smiled at me but his smile was expressing sorrow, maybe it was just the heat which had an influence on the emotions.

Washing Iniquity Away

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2010 by designldg

Washing Iniquity Away

“But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.”
(Quote from the Bible)

This man was washing at Darabhanga Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
He took a long time and allowed me to take many pictures.
The winter sun was falling providing the best light in order to catch water drops.
According Hinduism bathing in the holy waters of river Ganga allows to wash all sins away.

Join the photographer at www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography

© 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.

Vinod, pehlwan

Posted in Pehlwans from Benaras with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by designldg

© 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.

“The oldest living city in the world”.

This is another picture taken at sunrise near Scindia Ghat along river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras).

It belongs to the series about wrestlers in Varanasi which I am showing here with no PP work.

This is Vinod who is also trained by a Russian coach, he has also a little “shop” down the ghat where the gym is standing where he is selling pan, thea, water and sweets.

The gym where we did those pictures is facing river Ganga which gave this vivid colors so early in the morning.

Pehlwan means wrestler in Hindi.

Since that day Vinod became a recurrent model who often works with me for fashion photography.

 

Join the photographer at www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography

Building an Iconic Body

Posted in Pehlwans & Gurus with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by designldg
© 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.

This was shot inside the little akhara (gymnasia) which is lost in the fields near Sakalhida, a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
This pelhwan (Indian wrestler) was practising with joris which are swung like gadas but they come in pairs weighing between ten and forty kilograms each.

Joris are often decorated with colorful designs, and many akharas have special pairs which are brought out only on such occasions as Nag Panchami and Guru Puja.
In contrast to gadas (weighted club used for exercise), joris are named the “white pair,” the “shiny ones,” the “thorny ones,” the “flowery ones,” the “mountainous ones” (many are named after a particular person who either made them, commissioned them to be made or swung them the most number of times).
While gadas have clear phallic qualities, joris symbolize breasts (recognizing, of course, that breast and phallic symbols are highly mutable and multivocal to the point of being almost interchangeable).
Not only do joris come in pairs, they are also swung from an inverted position with the wrestler holding firmly onto the titlike handle-grip as though he were milking a cow or buffalo.
If churning is the dominant metaphor of swinging a gada, milking is associated with swinging a pair of joris.
(“The Wrestler’s Body: Identity and Ideology in North India” by Joseph S. Alter)

Join the photographer at https://www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography