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An Invincible Summer

Posted in Timeless Black & White with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
(Albert Camus – French Nobel Prize winning author, 1913-1960)

This is a scan of one of my first pictures shot with a Canon A1.
I was a young art student and I had that camera which I didn’t know how to use.
As there was a photography class in the school, I asked the teacher to explain me what to do and this is how I started taking pictures.
All the students used to pose for each other and one afternoon I took some pictures of Megan in the clearing of a wood nearby.
It was a wonderful summer, I was 18 and anything was possible…
Today I understand the words of Camus so well as that invincible summer is still laying within me…

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Human Pyramid

Posted in Corporeality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by designldg

Human Pyramid

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“In the lexicon of youth, which fate reserves For a bright manhood, there is no such word As – fail.”
(Sam Keen – American Philosopher and Writer)

Those young men formed a human pyramid in the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi (benaras).
It was at Panchaganga ghat which is one of the water-front sacred sites of the Eternel city.
As the name indicates this place is supposed to be the confluence of five rivers such as the Ganges, the Yamuna, the Saraswati, the Kirana and the Dhupapapa.
During summers (May-June) people come there early in the morning in order to find a kind of freshness.

Straying Away

Posted in The Oldest Living City in the World with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2009 by designldg

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“Whenever the mind unsteady and restless strays away from the spirit, let him ever and for ever lead it again to the spirit”.
(from the Bhagavad Gita)

This is one more picture shot at the flower market which is located in the chowk of Varanasi (Benaras).
I always enjoy the light there which enhance the colours of any fabric and magnifies the skin shades of the people who come in this courtyard.
This place is magical with all the scents of mixed fragrances coming from the flowers.
That afternoon was very hot, people looked tired.
This boy came from the house and stood under the sunlight for a short while, then he was sweating.
His mind seemed to be somewhere else, I took a few closed-up until I realized that his arm against the wall was making a nice composition.
I had the time to step back and to take this picture.

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A Feeling of Humanty

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by designldg

A Feeling of Humanty

 

This picture was shot at Ahilyabai ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
This man came to bath in the holy waters with two friends and I made a few shots while they were drying and putting their clothes on.
They were happy to be there together, there was something strong all over the place, something that I can’t really explain, I would say that it was a feeling of humanity.
I felt that there couldn’t be one without the other, that those men’s humanity was bound to mine and that we could be human only all together.
And this was enhanced by that amazing light provided by dusk which is a gift for any photographer who comes nearby the water at that time.
They told me that they were pleased to see what I captured when they saw the pictures.

Enchanted Mischievousness

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by designldg

Enchanted Mischievousness

 

“”If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. 
Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. 
And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. 
And what it wouldn’t be, it would. 
You see?”
( From “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll)

This Indian little girl is my niece Aadrika who lives in a kind of wonderland with an enchanted mischievousness.
In this world she meets tigers, little dogs and dragons with amazing powers, some of them dance banghra and sing Bollywood songs, most of the little girls are princesses and they enjoy wearing too much of make-up while eating chocolate ice-creams and sometimes they even have to play hide and seek with a blue rabbit who is asking for a kiss in French as long as his batteries are working…
It is so pleasant to slide in this world of her own and to remember your own childhood.
I took this portrait in Varanasi (Benaras), it was during a summer day, after lunch.

The Sleep of Reason

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by designldg

The Sleep of Reason

 

“Childhood is the sleep of reason.”
(Jean-Jacques Rousseau – French philosopher, 1712-1778)

It was too hot that day in Varanasi (Benaras) and I left the ghats along the Ganges where there was no air.
As I was walking into a narrow street of Kashi, the oldest part of the city, I saw some amazing tiles on a wall with images of several Gods that I started to take in pictures.
Suddenly I heard a voice calling me from the upper levels of the building:
“Hey uncle, take my picture!”
And this young boy was waving at me, I took several shots and he started to bend over the window trying to give me the best smile.
His mother came in time shouting that if he was jumping I would have a better picture.
We all burst laughing, it was a happy moment and it is now a sweet memory captured with my camera.

Becoming Detached

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

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“I think it was during this journey that the image became detached, removed from all the rest.
It might have existed, a photograph might have been taken, just like any other, somewhere else, in other circumstances.
But it wasn’t.
The subject was too slight.
Who would have thought of such a thing?
The photograph could only have been taken if someone could have known in advance how important it was to be in my life, that event, that crossing of the river.
But while it was happening, no one even knew of its existence.
Except God.
And that’s why—it couldn’t have been otherwise—the image doesn’t exist.
It was omitted.
Forgotten.
It never was detached or removed from all the rest.
And it’s to this, this failure to have been created, that the image owes its virtue: the virtue of representing, of being the creator of, an absolute.”
(From “The Lover” by Marguerite Duras – French writer and film director, 1914–1996)

This picture was shot recently along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras), it was at dusk when the holy waters are wrapped in a silver coat.

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