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Sensual Illusion

Posted in 3 - RED HALO with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2009 by designldg


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“It isn’t safe to sit in judgment upon another person’s illusion when you are not on the inside.
While you are thinking it is a dream, he may be knowing it is a planet.” (Mark Twain)

This is one more picture of our new catalogue.
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 an embroidered throw in pure wool with patterns inspired by the Mughal designs which are on the Taj Mahal (RED HALO – Winter 2008).

This image is a sensual illusion because Anand was not nude, he was wearing a small dhoti which is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth that I removed with Photoshop in this version.
I am sorry to break the “dream” but this young man is not a professional model, he is only modelling for me and therefore as I respect him I have to be honest and clarify this false appearance.

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Free Tibet

Posted in Buddhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2009 by designldg

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– FREE TIBET –
Tibetan monks are our shepherds, they pray for us, for our souls and we can’t let them down…

Chinese invaders will not leave this land because this part of Himalaya has many valuable resources.
An huge Highway is already reaching the hills destroying the ecological system.
Those recent “riots” are one more oppportunity for China to try to get an hold on the Tibetan culture and to get a profit from this country.

Unfortunately it is only an economic problem therefore if you want to support Free Tibet you can only boycot Chinese products.

www.freetibet.org
www.dailymotion.com/video/x4qgb6_les-emeutes-a-lhassa_politics

I took this picture at the Tibetan temple in Sarnath near Varanasi (Benaras) – India.

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The 18th of March 2008 I decided to upload it to my Flickr pages with the same words and then I couldn’t expect that it would lead to an huge polemic.

Many comments of support to this cause were left under this image but also many comments from people who are in favor of the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Those were adding links to videos made of political propaganda.

I decided to answer to everyone with calm and restraint, however it was not always the same from my opponents, some even deleted their comments.

This image ended up in the press and then it became a political statement even if  I was not aware of it at that time.

This is a link to this image where I kept all the comments,

http://www.flickr.com/photos/designldg/2342196105/

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Sawari (the passenger)

Posted in Pehlwans from Benaras with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2009 by designldg

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“The oldest living city in the world”.

Pritviraj and Vinod, after their training at the gym, this morning at sunrise near Sankathi Ghat along river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras).

In Indian wrestling, vyayam, or physical training, is meant to build strength and develop muscle bulk and flexibility. Exercises that employ the wrestler’s own bodyweight include the sun salutation, shirshasan, and the dand, which are also found in hatha yoga, as well as the bethak.
Sawari (the passenger) is the practice of using another person’s bodyweight to add resistance to such exercises.

Exercise regimens may also employ the following weight training devices:
The nal is a hollow stone cylinder with a handle inside.
The gar nals (literally “neck weights”) is a circular stone ring worn around the neck to add resistance to dands and bethaks.
The gada is a mace, as associated with Hanuman.
An exercise gada is a heavy round stone attached to the end of a meter-long bamboo stick.
Pahalwani trophies take the form of gadas made of silver and gold.

Exercise regimens may also include dhakulis, which involve twisting rotations; rope climbing; log pulling; and running.

Massage is regarded an integral part of a pahalwan’s exercise regimen.

So Close To Heaven

Posted in Sikhism, Some of me with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by designldg

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Namaste everyone,

I am uploading little by little some of my pictures from several websites and this might be the reason why the words might not fit to the right moment in time.

It has become a kind of tradition that each time I have 10 000 more viewers on Flickr I celebrate this with a picture of me.

In fact this is not an easy game for me, I don’t like much making self-portraits and I find very uneasy to allow other photographers to do my portrait.

Anyway this picture was displayed once in order to thank those who kindly took the time to watch my photostream.

It was shot recently by Manish Gupta, mere bhai, in front of Golden Temple located in the city of Amritsar in Punjab (India).
I wrote already many things concerning this place under several pictures of my photostream but each time I come to Amritsar, when I am along the samovar, I truly feel that I have never been so close to Heaven…

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The Abode of God

Posted in Sikhism with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2009 by designldg

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The Golden Temple (informal name in Sikhism), is the most sacred and holiest shrine of Sikhism (the holy-of-holies of Sikhism).
The official name of the Temple in Sikhism is: Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ ) which means literally (Harmandir Sahib meaning: The Abode of God).
It is located in Amritsar (meaning: The Pool of the Nectar of Immortality), the holiest city in Sikhism, in the state of Punjab, India.
Sikh devotees, for whom the Temple is a symbol of infinite freedom and spiritual independence, come to the Temple from all over the world to enjoy its environs and offer their prayers.

The Gold plating on the Golden temple makes it so unique and the reflection in the water gives an etherial beauty to the whole complex.

Two days ago I took this picture a few minutes before living this place.
I sat for a moment inside the temple among musicians and singers who were singing texts from the Holy Scriptures and I was under the spell of a perfume of fresh roses that I could smell all over me.
It was a real moment of magic, etrnity and bliss.

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“Beyond is Arachosia”

Posted in Fallacies of Ambiguity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by designldg

"Beyond is Arachosia"

 

“Beyond is Arachosia. 
And the Parthians call this White India; there are the city of Biyt and the city of Pharsana and the city of Chorochoad and the city of Demetrias; then Alexandropolis, the metropolis of Arachosia; it is Greek, and by it flows the river Arachotus. 
As far as this place the land is under the rule of the Parthians.”
(“Parthians stations”, 1st century CE)

Those words are from Isidorus of Charax who described during the 1st century CE, “Alexandropolis, the metropolis of Arachosia”, which he said was still Greek at such a late time.
Alexandria in Arachosia was a city in ancient times that is now called Kandahar or Qandahar (Pashto: کندھار, Persian: قندهار) in Afghanistan. 
It was founded by Alexander the Great and it is believed that Kandahar bears Alexander’s name from the Arabic and Persian rendering of “Alexander”, which derives from Iskandariya for Alexandria.
In Hindi Alexander is called Sikander (सिकन्दर) because at that time people were hearing “al-eks-an-der” or “the Ksander”.

After the departure of Alexander the city became part of the Mauryan Empire. 
The Mauryan emperor Ashoka erected a pillar there with a bilingual inscription in Greek and Aramaic.
The Greco-Bactrian Kingdom occupied Kandahar after the Mauryans, but then lost the city to the Indo-Greek Kingdom.

Here again this image is a close-up of a sculpture of the Hellenistic period which is in Le Louvre museum (Paris) and I have been using colours in order to provide a fallacy of equivocation on what is human and what is not…

A parching fever

Posted in Fallacies of Ambiguity with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by designldg

A parching fever

 

“And O the pity of it! in a moment I looked and was lost, lost and smit i’ the heart; the colour went from my cheek; of that brave pageant I bethought me no more. 
How I got me home I know not; but this I know, a parching fever laid me waste and I was ten days and ten nights abed.”
(from IDYLLS 1 – 4 by THEOCRITUS)

THEOCRITUS was a Greek bucolic poet who flourished in Syracuse, Cos and Alexandria in the C3rd BC. His surviving work can mostly be found within an old compendium of 30 poems known as the “Idylls of Theocritus.

This image is a close-up of a classical greek sculpture of the Hellenistic period which is in Le Louvre museum in Paris.
I have been using colours in order to emphase the naturalism and movement and to provide a fallacy of equivocation.