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Holding Still

Posted in Bollywood Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 1, 2012 by designldg

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“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
( Dorothea Lange – American documentary photographer, 1895-1965)

This was shot backstage at Kingdom of Dreams a few minutes before a performance of “Zangoora, the Gypsy Prince”.
The dancers and aerialists were ajusting their hair style and finishing their make-up.
Lynn Mascarenhas who stands on the right is also acting in the movie we were making, she is an amazing artist, she is also a physiotherapist during daytime and manages to combine those two jobs in a brilliant way.

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Transformation

Posted in Bollywood Dreams with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by designldg

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“The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that’s not necessarily anything true to ourselves.
And it’s a power – not being yourself, and being in the role; it’s just like another prop.”
(Reese Witherspoon – American actress, b.1976)

This belongs to the magic backstage, when actors get ready before the show…
This picture was shot in one of the green rooms of Kingdom of Dreams.

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In The Starlight

Posted in Music, the Universal language with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 26, 2012 by designldg

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“It is said that no star is a heroine to her makeup artist.”
(Richard Corliss – American journalist)

This is a backstage glimpse from a window into the makeup room before the show of a school in Bhadohi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh at 45 KM from Varanasi (Benaras).
Several kids wearing gorgeous costums were waiting in line in front of the make-up artist who was changing their features in order to make them play specific characters.
This little girl was getting ready to perfom a traditional dance.
The light was provided by a single bulb from the ceiling in the room and allowed to have make a series of pictures with no editing.

Applying Kohl

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2011 by designldg

Applying Kohl

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“The makeup is simply an extension of the personality and colors, clothing, makeup all express something.”
(Gene Simmons – singer and musician, bassist/vocalist of Kiss, b.1949)

At Sri Hanumangarhi ghat in Varanasi (Benaras), this man was applying kājal (kohl) on his son’s eyes after they both had a bath in the holy waters of the Ganges.

kājal is the Hindi and Urdu word for Kohl.
This an ancient eye cosmetic was made by grinding galena (lead sulfide) and other ingredients.
It is still used in India by women, but also some men and children, to darken the eyelids as a very good coolant and as a protection against eye ailment and from the harsh rays of the sun.

Kohl contains lead and antimony that are toxic to bacteria carried by flies and contaminated water.
Applying it around the eyes provided some relief from conjunctivitis and other bacterial eye infections and keeps the eyes bright because the irritation from having soot in one’s eyes causes tearing so the eyes are kept continuously washed clean of contaminants, grit, and bacteria.
Some more scientific details suggest that it may produce beneficial effects in eyes in three different ways (Adsorptive, astringent and anti-infective) or directions because of the primary and natural properties of it’s major constituent, galena (lead sulphide).

Mothers apply kohl to their infants’ eyes soon after birth to enlarge their eyes and grant them better vision.
Some women also add a dot of kajal on the left side of the foreheads or under the right ear of babies and children, to protect them from “buri nazar”.
“Buri nazar” literally means “bad glance” and is comparable to the “evil eye”, although it can be interpreted as ill-wishes of people or even lustful eyes.

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What’d I do ?

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2009 by designldg

What'd I do ?

“The first time that I appeared on stage, it scared me to death.
I really didn’t know what all the yelling was about.
I didn’t realize that my body was moving.
It’s a natural thing to me.
So to the manager backstage I said ‘What’d I do? What’d I do?’”
(Elvis Presley – American Singer and Actor widely known as the “King of Rock and Roll”, 1935-1977)

A group of dancers had to perform in front of officials, such as the minister of culture of Uttar Pradesh at Assi ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
I managed to go backstage in order to take a few pictures.
This lady was doing her make-up, she was concentrating on the image that the mirror was giving back, I don’t know what she was really feeling then.
I didn’t ask as I didn’t want to disturb.
Those days there are many exhibtions, concerts and shows going on. in the city reflecting the culture of the oldest living city in the world…

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The Celestial Dancer

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 21, 2009 by designldg

The Celestial Dancer

 

“I’m not interested in how people move; I’m interested in what makes them move.”   

(Pina Bausch – German deancer and choregrapher, 1940-2009)

 

Maria Kiran is a young dancer who was born in Allahabad before  coming to France at the age of three.

She started studying Bharata-Natyam which is one of the oldest dance forms of India when she was six years old and later she also practiced Western classical Ballet for a few years.

Ever since she had an amazing career performing in many festivals and on some of the most important stages of Europe and India.

 

Last night it was Diwali, as Maria was dancing in front of me I took a few pictures trying to capture that glimpse of the manifestation of the soul that she was carrying out throught her choregraphy of codified gestures.