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October in Pink

Posted in Dreams in Disorder with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by designldg

Pink for October

 

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.
October comes again with pink illustrations for the Breast Cancer Awareness and one message:
“Nowadays breast cancer can be cured if it is diagnosed in time”.
Spread the word, you can save lives.

For more information about breast cancer and what you can do to help, visit:
www.nbcam.org/
www.breastcancer.org
www.pinkforoctober.org/
www.curie.fr
www.rubanrose.org

This picture was shot recently at the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi.

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Suddenly, Next Summer

Posted in 3 - RED HALO with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2009 by designldg

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This is the main picture of our new campaign for next summer.

I took it at the upper terrace which is on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras).
Anand who is our favourite model is holding a cushion in linen with an aari embroidery inspired by the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi matching with the throw in the background (RED HALO – Summer 2009).

Our collections allow us to use traditional artcrafts that we work with a contemporary eye.
It is also a real human adventure which gathers people from several cultures and religions with a significant respect of brotherhood.

The weight of cultural traditions, conventions and customs is still very important in the holy city and therefore no woman around me has accepted to pose in the frame of this work.

Anand is not a professional model, he is a majhi (Hindi word for boatman) on the Ganges, however season after season he became our favourite model for the catalogues.

It allows him to have a little fame among the few people who are working along the ghats.

It is also a way for me to shake an Indian statement which often gives a preference to light skin colour.

According Indian society, actors or models should have a light skin colour complexion which is called “fair” and anyone with a dark skin has very few possibilities in those industries.

Therefore the whole population is trying to get this skin shade believing that it will be easier to find an husband or a wife, a job and friends.

No one walks on the sunny side of the road,  girls wear long gloves and cover their face whenever they drive a bike, people use “White perfect” hoping to look lighter for a job interview or a party…

And the funny thing is that in France it is the opposite.

There people praise a dark skin which is a symbol of health and wealth, and they use self-tanners and go to “sun shops” in order to get some artificial tan all year long and for many an Indian dark skin is the most beautiful skin complexion.

When I show pictures of supermodels like Alek Wek, Indians can’t understand how she managed to work for labels such as Chanel…

In this quest for a perfect skin colour the only winner is that well-known French company which is selling to both countries either “White perfect” or self-tanners.

In addition this is a comment wrote by a friend under this image when I posted it on my Flickr page a few weeks ago:  

Muiz Anwar says:
“i really really think this series is fantastic – not only does it look beautiful – but it subverts that whole cultural taboo on how dark you are denoting how attractive you are and the caste system – luxurious, brightly coloured fabrics associated with those who are in the elite, opulent end of the societal specturm, made more beautiful with the contrast against a dark skinned native.

having read your comment though, I understand that it wasn’t as deep as this, but often images can be interpreted in different ways especially in regions where using a dark skinned model holds so much cultural weight.

Congratulations on a beautiful image, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D ”

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Namaste Monsieur Monet…!

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Namaste Monsieur Monet...!

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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 picture was shot in the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden in Delhi last May before a storm.
The Lodhis were a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century.

The lotusses in this pond were reminding me the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926).
This is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings which depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of the artist’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.
During the last years Monet suffered from cataracts.
In 1923, Monet had a lens removed from his right eye, correcting this but also allowing him to see ultraviolet light (which the lens usually blocks), and he began painting the water lilies in a more blue shade.

I found funny to work on this series of images as a kind of tribute to this artist and it is a new subject for me which allows me to play with colors.
Besides I enjoy making links into that Indo-Western topic that I usualy show in my photostream even if here it’s only coming from my imagination.

Although the title is an allusion to another impressionist painting “Bonjour Monsieur Courbet”.

Remembrance of Giverny

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Remembrance of Giverny

 

I was walking at the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi and I took this picture a few minutes before the big storm which has been refreshing the city all night long.

Lodhi Gardens is a park in Delhi, India. 
It contains architectural works of the Lodhis, a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century. 
The gardens are situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road.
Over there there is a pond with lotus which reminded me the Nympheas by Claude Monet.
Water Lilies (or Nympheas) is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926). 
The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.

Le bassin aux nymphéas

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Le bassin aux nymphéas

 

This is a new image which comes in the series of pictures that I have been working like the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926). 

This game is coming from my imagination only where the impressionist painter could have been painting his series (about 250) of oil paintings not in Giverny but in India as I shot this in the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden in Delhi.

It was before a storm at dusk so I also borrowed the title to Monet, “Le bassin aux nympheasr” (Water Lily Pond).

The Lodhis were a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century.

Effet du soir

Posted in Indian Numpheas with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by designldg

Effet du soir

 

This is a new image which comes in the series of pictures that I have been working like the Water Lilies (or Nympheas) by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926). .
This game is coming from my imagination only where the impressionist painter could have been painting his series (about 250) of oil paintings not in Giverny but in India as I shot this in the beautiful and serene Lodhi Garden in Delhi.

It was before a storm at dusk so I also borrowed the title to Monet, “Effet du soir” (Evening effect).

The Lodhis were a pashtun Muslim dynasty which ruled much of Northern India during the 16th century.