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The Little Prince

Posted in Banarsi (Portraits) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by designldg

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“To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys.
And I have no need of you.
And you, on your part, have no need of me.
To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes.
But if you tame me, then we shall need each other.
To me, you will be unique in all the world.
To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
(From “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French writer and aviator, 1900-1944)

One Sunday evening this little boy came to meet his friends at Munsi ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras).
Muslim teenagers enjoy coming there in order to swim during summers.
Usually on Sundays they wear their nicest white kurta with a dhoti and a topi (prayer cap) as a symbol of their faith, it gives a timeless elegance fitting the atmosphere of the Eternal city.
This little boy in white reminded me Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous book that I was reading when I was his age, therfore he became “The Little Prince” of Benaras in my lens for a while.

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Infinite and Eternal

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by designldg

Infinite and Eternal,

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“A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.” (Lyman Abbot – American Congregationalist theologian, editor, and author, 1835–1922)

This is one more picture of that very happy little girl who leaves in a little village nearby Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is a village were Muslim and Hindu families live together in harmony and I was truly touched to see how pure they are. I took many portaits, this one is only focused on the little boy in the background. It gives an impression of infinite enhanced by the light making a game of spirals.

Ability for Life

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by designldg

Ability for Life

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“The people and circumstances around me do not make me what I am, they reveal who I am” (Laura Schlessinger – American talk radio host, b. 1947)

This child was in a little village nearby Lucknow where I went to take pictures of women making traditional Chikan Embroidery. The whole village was waiting for me, everyone was wearing their favourite garments and even little girls like this one had make-up. Over there Muslims and Hindus are living together in harmony, I was touched to see how pure those people were. Finally I couldn’t help taking more portraits than close-up of the embroidery process, those happy faces were truly a gift, their ability for life is a promise of hope…

The Domain of Heart

Posted in Romancing with Chikankari with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by designldg

The Domain of Heart

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“The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remaining over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves.” (Kahlil Gibran – Lebanese born American philosophical Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1883-1931) A few weeks ago I went to a little village near Lucknow in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where I met some Hindu and Muslim families living in harmony. Most of the ladies there are making Chikan embroidery, the famous style from Lucknow. They knew I was coming in order to make pictures so they were wearing their best saris, everyone was happy and smiling. Those people gave me energy and most of all hope in a possible sense of Unity. It seems that everyone was enjoying living there and I wish this child to remember this feeling all his life…

Secret Places of the Soul

Posted in Music, the Universal language with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

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“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul”.
(Plato – Ancient Greek Philosopher, 428 BC-348 BC)

Into the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century which stands at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi, I met Jatin who was playing guitar with three of his friends.
They were sitting at a window in front of the large water tank.
Their music was echoing in several rooms of the Mughal building and bringing a pleasant atmosphere.
There was a storm like those we have at the end of summer forthwithing the begining of the rainy season.
I took several pictures, it was a nice break in my busy day, this place is so peaceful that I almost forgot I was in Delhi…

The Infinite Between Two Souls

Posted in Hands of Grace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2010 by designldg

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“Music fills the infinite between two souls”
(Rabindranath Tagore – Indian Poet, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, 1861-1941)

This picture was shot last afternoon at Hauz Khas village in South Delhi.
In front of the large water tank there are the ruins of a Madrasa from the fourteenth century where I met Jatin who was playing guitar with three of his friends.
It was at the end of the afternoon and the weather became cool with a few raindrops, auspicious signs of the end of summer and the forthwith begining of the rainy season.
Jatin’s music brouht an uncommon atmosphere to the place with a few colours reminding me some of the Eagles.

The Stubborn Hope

Posted in Guria, Children of Hope with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2010 by designldg

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. 
You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”
(Anne Lamott – American author, 1954)

This was shot in the little yard which is at Guria, in Varanasi (Benaras).
Manju joined those girls for a few pictures around a well water pump.
Guria is a Human Rights organisation fighting against the sexual exploitation of women and children, particularly those forced into prostitution and trafficking.

Manju and her husband Ajeet Singh are running this non-profit organisation at great personal risk, providing shelter and hope to many children.
They need any kind of help (money, food, toys, clothes,…) in order to carry on their task.
They are facing many difficulties from all those who would like to use those children as a second generation prostitution.

A few days ago they were nominated for the 2010 Front Line Award, an international foundation for the protection of Human Rights defenders. 

Manju and Ajeet Singh are modern heroes, this is why I decided to upload a few pictures connected to their work.
In this file there are many happy faces belonging to amazing children who have hope for a better future.

There are many ways to help and give a kind of support to Guria, this is its website,www.guriaindia.org and you may contact Manju and Ajeet at guriaajeet@rediffmail.com

Guria means doll in Hindi and those happy girls are like dolls and I would like to thank all of you with their smiles for commenting so nicely those pictures, I’ll give them all your kind messages in a few days.