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Under the Skin

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by designldg

Under the Skin

 

There is a fascination for CorpoReality maybe this is because the human anatomy is not only trying to understand what we are but it also celebrates each part of us.

And I can’t think of any other aesthetical perfection in response to this amazing complexity concerning the human body which has such a level of difficulty in solving what we are, how we operate.

The closer I come to the skin, the better I can perceive what It is there under and I can feel the pulsations, the vibrations and the undulations of life, of that life that we all share.

Photography is a great medium in order to reveal what we see or feel and what can emotionally affects us, it is also an easy way to extend what many artists and searchers did before while reaching that freedom of removing a taboo connected to a deep knowledge concerning human anatomy.

This picture was shot along the holy waters of the Ganges flowing in Varanasi (Benaras).
(These series of photographies connected to this topic are showing close-up shots from different people).

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CorpoReality

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2009 by designldg

CorpoReality

 

– CORPOREALITY –
Meaning: The quality of being physical; consisting of matter
The state of being corporeal; corporeal existence.
(From Latin corporeus, from corpus, corpor-, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots).
Classified under: Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
Synonyms: materiality, physicalness, corporality
Antonym: immateriality, immateriality, incorporeality
Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of “corporeality”):
– concreteness (the quality of being concrete (not abstract))
– palpability; tangibility; tangibleness (the quality of being perceivable by touch)
– solidness; substantiality; substantialness (the quality of being substantial or having substance)
– reality (the quality possessed by something that is real)

This was shot along the Ganges on a ghat of Varanasi (Benaras), the “oldest living city in the world”.

A Method to His Madness

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A Method to His Madness

 

LORD POLONIUS [Aside]:
“Though this be madness, yet there is method in ‘t. Will you walk out of the air, my lord?”
(Act 2, scene 2,)

I am just playing with words and borrowing for the title something from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. 

The actual line from the play and said by Polonius means “Reason behind apparent folly or disorder”.

There is no madness in this picture, this man was cleaning his body with soap in the Ganges.
I was sitting next to him on the ghats and I took a few pictures, some came in a funny way, with a touch of drama, and of course I could write anything about that expression, I could pretend that an unmentionalble injury effected the mental incapacity of his madness…
But this man was acting normal, he had soap in the eye and his body took this unusual gesture…

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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Sensorial Swirls

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I took this picture at the upper terrace which is on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras) for our new catalogue regarding summer 2009.

Anand who is our favourite model is holding a cushion in white linen with an embroidery made of flowers and swirls and matching with the throw in the background (RED HALO – Summer 2009).

 

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Refreshing Swirls

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

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“Refreshing Swirls”

Anand is holding a cushion in pure linen with aari embroideries matching to the throw in the background.
(Style “Swirls”, Col. Turquoise / RED HALO – Summer 09)

Turquoise is a slightly greenish shade of cyan.
The color is based on the gem turquoise and the name comes from the French word for Turkish.

In holistic medicine, this color has a calming effect on patients and is particularly used to treat patients prone to depression, panic attacks or mania.
The turquoise’ cheerful colour is said to endow reticent personalities with more confidence.
In the ancient Persian kingdom turquoises were often worn on the turban, and often surrounded with pearls, in order to protect their wearer against the ‘evil eye’.
As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabres and the bridles of horses.
The Aztecs in Mexico used to decorate their ceremonial masks with this stone which was holy according to their beliefs.
The Indians of North America believe that the sky-blue gemstone opens up a direct connection between the sky and the sea.
At all times and over the world, turquoises have been worn as natural protection against the powers of darkness.

A turquoise is often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, it is said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships.
Its colour makes people feel happy and cheerful, for in it the light blue of the sky and the stimulating green of the sea are combined.

This picture was shot at the upper terrace of our office in Varanasi (Benaras) with natural light.

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Raksha to ward off evil influences

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

Raksha to ward off evil influences

 

Every human being desires for supreme protection and freedom from obstacles. 
The ritual of Kankan Bandhan symbolises a divine promise for protection. 
Before any auspicious deed, a red and yellow, holy thread known as raksha (nada chhadi), is tied on the participant’s wrist, right wrist for a man and left wrist for a woman. 
The priest then prays for him : “O Bhagwan (God), protect him from obstacles and guard him from evil influences. Grant him long life and bless him with the fruits of good deeds.”
The cotton threads are always coloured red or saffron to signify the purification of flames.

I shot this picture in the little akhara (gym) which is at Scindia ghat along the Ganges and at sunrise the reflection of the sun in the holy waters allows to have a great natural light.

Manish is a young pehlwan (Indian wrestler) who comes here often before sunrise, he wanted to be in our catalogue and, among several pictures that I selected, this is a close-up of his hand.

The tablecloth in the background is from The RED HALO collection and it is made of pure linen with Aari embroidery.
Aari is a minute chain stitch done by a hook which is an adaptation of the cobbler’s awl, it is a very delicate and floral style of embroidery, influenced by Moghul designs.