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Deep In His Eyes

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2011 by designldg

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“That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.”
(Swami Vivekananda – Indian Spiritual leader of the Hindu religion (Vedanta), 1863-1902)

This is a picture of Lal Baba who is a Saivite (follower of Shiva) sādhu.
He was born in the Indian state of Bihar but he stays most of the time in Varanasi (Benaras).
People call him Lal Baba because he mostly wears garments in red shades, in Hindi “lal” means red.
His huge turban keeps a few meters of dreadlocks and gives him an impressive presence.
Sometimes people think that he can’t see much because of cataract but in fact his eyes have an amazing deep blue colour.
He is a well-known figure along the Ganges however nowadays he only accepts to pose for people he knows.
Whenever I meet him we share a few words and he gives me his blessings while putting his hands on my head…
(Deep in his eyes there is my reflection taking this picture)

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Vinod, Imperator

Posted in 3 - RED HALO with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2009 by designldg

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Vinod is a pehlwan (Indian wrestler) whome once  allowed me to take some pictures of his training at the akhara (gym) which is near Scindia ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).

As he was very easy with the camera I asked him to become one of my models for the catalogue of our collections.
I took this picture at sunrise at the same Akhara.
The sun was reflecting from the holy waters and providing this golden light.
We were having a break and Vinod was showing what kind of actor he is.

On this portrait he looks like a victorious Roman general at the time of his triumph, where he would relinquish the title of Imperator as well as his imperium.

The throw is mase of a classic wool with herringbone designs on which a design inspired by the city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has been embroidered.

(Collection RED HALO).

RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
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A Thousand Words’ Smile

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits), Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by designldg

A Thousand Words' Smile

 

This smile is worth a thousand words.
This afternoon I took this portrait at a few meters from Bivi Razaia Masjid, a small mosque, which is in the chawk of Varanasi (Benaras).
This young man was spreading silk sarees to dry on the upper terrace.
He was happy to see me again as I was coming with a few picture prints that I took last week.
I wanted him to smile and not to strike a frozen pose that most of the people oftenly take when they look at cameras in India.
He was shy so I had to make him laugh.
He felt easy, he was happy to become for a moment a kind of hero like in Bollywood movies.
In a few secondes I made his day and in return he gave me this smile.