Archive for monkey

Planet of the Apes

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2016 by designldg

@P1700818

“That perfected machines may one day succeed us is, I remember, an extremely commonplace notion on Earth.
It prevails not only among poets and romantics but in all classes of society.
Perhaps it is because it is so widespread, born spontaneously in popular imagination, that it irritates scientific minds. 
Perhaps it is also for this very reason that it contains a germ of truth.
Only a germ: Machines will always be machines; the most perfected robot, always a robot.
But what of living creatures possessing a certain degree of intelligence, like apes?
And apes, precisely, are endowed with a keen sense of imitation.…”
(From “Planet of the Apes” by Pierre Boulle)

Someone dropped by chance a rice packet in a gali leading to the Ganges and in a jiffy many monkeys came down from almost every rooftops to collect the precious cereal grains.
They were absolutly naughty and very noisy so most of the people had to turn back trying to find other ways to reach the ghats…

Join the photographer at 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.

 

Advertisements

The King of the Swingers

Posted in The Jungle Book with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2010 by designldg

“Now I’m the king of the swingers
Oh, the jungle VIP
I’ve reached the top and had to stop
And that’s what botherin’ me
I wanna be a man, mancub
And stroll right into town
And be just like the other men
I’m tired of monkeyin’ around!

Oh, oobee doo
I wanna be like you
I wanna walk like you
Talk like you, too
You’ll see it’s true
An ape like me
Can learn to be humen too…”
(“Wan’na Be Like You” by Louis Prima – “The Jungle Book” – 1967)

This is a portrait of King Louis who wants to be a human.
This expressive langur was the first animal I met while entering into the jungle of Bandhavgarh in the Indian state Madhya Pradesh.

The Great Pulse of Humanity

Posted in Chiaroscuro with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2009 by designldg

The Great Pulse of Humanity

 

From Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Ron Fricke’s “Baraka” monkeys are used in order to deal with thematic elements of human evolution, technology and artificial intelligence.
Sometimes I feel that our “cousins” also carry the great pulse of humanity that we all share, even though they are not what we commonly call humans.
Then could the peculiar nature of humankind not be distinguished from man to other beings ?
Here in Varanasi (Benaras), monkeys are the symbol of the soul, they are also a representaion of Lord Hanuman and people worship them.
Anyway everyone is free to speculate about the philosophical meaning of Humanity…
I met this “lady monkey” early this morning as I was walking at Munsi ghat along the Ganges.
In her mouth she is keeping food for her baby.

An Unexpected Guest

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 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.

I was going to Allahabad in order to catch a train to go to Delhi.

On the way we crossed a little town, the traffic was jammed at a crossroad and we had to slow down.

Suddenly a monkey came to us, he wasn’t scared at all and I guess he was asking for sweets.
I was looking for my camera but then he saw this man who was driving a bicycle and jumped on his back as if he knew him and was used to this.

He was grabbing the man’s shirt, it was very funny, a real moment of happiness, even the kid in the background is laughing on the picture.

Later when I looked at this image I was surprised to see that the man standing on the left looks like Big B, the legendary Bollywood star, Amitabh Bachchan (अमिताभ बच्चन) and then the picture takes another meaning, therefore the unexpected guest might not be the monkey anymore….;)

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

 

Monkey see, monkey do

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by designldg

This is a portrait of a gray langur.

Gray langurs are large and fairly terrestrial, inhabiting open wooded habitats and urban areas on the Indian subcontinent. 
Until recently they were considered one species, Semnopithecus entellus; now seven distinct species are recognized. 
When only one species was recognized, it was also called the Hanuman Langur (named after the Hindu vanara divinity Hanuman), the Common Langur and the Entellus Langur.

They are largely gray, with a black face. In Indian mythology, this is because Hanuman, a monkey warrior, burnt his hands and face trying to rescue Lord Rama’s wife. Males are up to 75 cm long, and females 65 cm.

Gray langurs feed on leaves, fruit, buds and flowers. 
Their diet, however, is highly seasonable, with mature leaves being eaten only as a fall-back food during the winter months. 
In the summer, especially before the monsoon season, they are highly frugivorous. 
They also supplement their diet with insects (up to 25% in some months), tree bark and gum.

I saw many in Rajasthan and in the Himalayan hills, they look very cute and they try all their charms in order to get sweets or fruits, but they are very naughty…However I love to play with them.
I shot this one in Chittorgarh, each time I go there it reminds me “The Bandar log” in Kipling’s “Jungle book”… 

 

Monkey see, monkey do

Monkey’s mind

Posted in In Search of Lost Time with tags , , , , , , , , on February 16, 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 was shot near main ghat in Varanasi (Benaras), in a little street leading to river Ganga.
I enjoy to play with monkeys wherever I go in the city and that morning it was fun to see this group playing there.

Of course they were doing a mess with the flowers and anything on their way but since I have been reading Kipling’s “Jungle book” I am always on their side even if they can be very naughty.
Anyway who can know what is in a monkey’s mind…?
On the right wall there is a portrait of Amma, known as “the hugging saint”.
I met her twice, she was only smiling and laughing so I am sure that she would have enjoyed to see those monkeys playing with her garlands…

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