This shot is from the shuttle between the satellite and the main terminal “T4”, in Barajas, the Madrid airport in Spain. In planes, trains, cars… whatever: most of us are travelling, and we travel often. Always more often. Always further away.
The world seems to have become a village, as we find the same tourists and shops (for the tourists) more or less… everywhere.
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/travelling/
Unveiled or veiled? The dummy people have no face, and the two women walking just in the middle of them have their face hidden. Some are all white and the others wrapped in black, but the result is quite the same. The face is hidden, but the intention may even be more than this, to also hide the forms. In the end It feels as if the essence of humanity itself is being hidden. ...
Continue to read here: http://www.photos-art.org/hidden-face/
WHEN WE'LL HAVE TIME...
A recurrent justification we use to give to ourself is “I can’t do this now, I don’t have the time. I need to attend other responsibilities. When I’ll be older, when I’ll retire, I’ll have time for this”.
Seeing those two guys at a café terrace, enjoying a beer, reminds me of this. They seems to be happy, to have time.. but are they really able to achieve NOW what they could not achieve before?...
What does it means to practice Devotion ? I don’t refer to Devotion as a cultural and mechanical act, but as a natural necessity which emerge from the inner self, from the heart. Some would say that devotion is a sign of weakness, as the free and independent human being does not need to submit to any higher being or power. But I think not, in fact, I see it – and experiment it – as the opposite.
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Mudras is a symbolic language used in Indian tradition. It’s a symbolic language based on the position of hands and fingers. It is widely used on Indian and Buddhist sculptures, and in some teaching of Yoga. It is an ancient but still alive language.
Sometimes the words limits us. A language is never similar to another one....
Continue to read here: http://www.photos-art.org/mudras/
KEEPING THE CENTER
Keeping the center is not being influenced by external and internal circumstances. It is not letting our emotions and our opinions – both always subjective – taking control of us. Intelligence and Imagination should prevail. Intelligence is not opinions, it is discernment. It is the power to see the reality for what it really is, beyond the many veils and layers...
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/keeping-the-center/
UNDER THE LOOK OF THE GODS
Children are playing, as every child is playing. Playing hide and seek, posing to be photographed, whatever. What is particular here in Kanchipuram, in India - at least for me - is that the playground is an ancient Temple full of sculptures of divinities.
And it is not a non active Temple, something like a Museum or an archaeological site ...
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/under-the-look-of-the-gods/
Last year, I had the opportunity to visit a very special place, somewhere in India. It’s a whole building with three floors full of ancient books. Those are very special books, not because they are old, but because of their content.
Even though most of them are written in English, there are publications there maybe in all possible and imaginable...
Continue to read at: http://www.photos-art.org/the-archives/
PEOPLE ARE BEAUTIFUL
People are beautiful when they are authentic. But what does “being authentic” means ? We are authentic when we accept ourself as we are, with our weakness and our strength, and we are not lying to ourself, not trying to hide or to justify the weaknesses...
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/people-are-beautiful/
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I took this shot at the #Ajanta caves, in #India. One old woman – according to her language, probably from Cambogia – was meditating in front of a #Buddha sculpture, in one of the caves. A group of school children entered the cave. As children they spoke, made noise, but it did not seems to disturb the woman. She just ended her meditation – or her pray – and then stand up and walked out of the cave with a smile.
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/detachment/
Jainism is one of the most ancient religions of India. #Jains are following a very strict path of purity, demanding from their adepts a strong commitment in #Ethic and self discipline. There are two main streams in Jainism, and the two monks with white clothes I captured while visiting the Ellora caves, in India, are following the Svetambara stream...
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/purity/
LOOKING IN THE MIRROR
Foreigners are always intriguing. They have different habits, different clothes, they react differently when confronted at situations which are usual for us. They may speak loudly when we don’t, or on the contrary, they may seem too shy to speak when we would elevate our voice. But foreigners are not so different. They are just another version of ourselves, as if we were looking in the mirror.
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/looking-in-the-mirror/
From time to time, after a lecture I gave or at the opening of an exhibition, a young photographer would approach me and ask how do I take pictures of people in the street. They wonder how to deal with their feelings, how to face the person you want to shoot (with the camera… of course). They feel insecure, even sometimes ashamed, as if they would steal something, or act in a non ethical way.
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/being-invisible/
If there is something I never really could understand it is the concept of fashion. I unconsciously links it to beauty, but the more I look around, the more I have to admit there is no relation between the both.
Beauty is an archetypal value. Just like the Truth, the Just, the Good. Those are ideals, perfect values, and thus we can never fully manifest them in our daily life because we are not perfect..
Full Text here: http://www.photos-art.org/fashion/
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AND WHAT ABOUT US ALL?
I picked this couple in Seoul, in South-Korea. They obviously are together, one with the arm over the shoulder of the other. But do they act, do they really feel “together” ? The guy comes with a shirt where we can read “You, me”. So I wonder... where is “us” ? Does “us” even exists ? We all evolve in many circles, and those circles are interconnected.
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/and-what-about-us-all/
THE STRENGTH OF LOVE
Paris, place de l’Odéon, the heart of the “Quartier Latin”, the beating heart of Paris between Saint-Germain and Saint-Michel. A lot of people, young people, students. We are close to the Sorbonne and not far from Jussieu, two of the main universities in Paris. A lot of restaurants and coffee-bars are open late in this month of august...
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/the-strength-of-love-2/
Does appearance lies ? Yes, of course it does. In this image the guy seems to sit between two wagons, when in reality he sits at the dock, in front of the train, and the camera captured a reflection.
Appearance lies, and sometimes it just hits you by surprise. Sometimes you think you know somebody, you know this person since years, and suddenly you discover that the only thing you knew was a mask, an appearance.
Full Text here: http://www.photos-art.org/appearance-lies/
WHAT IS REAL
We sometimes hear people saying something like “I’ll believe it when I’ll see it”. But does seeing something proves that this thing is real? If we consider this photograph, the image exist, we see it, and it was not manipulated by any digital software other than processing it in black and white. What is seen is what the lens of my Leica captured, but is it real? Is it an illusion?...
Full text here: http://www.photos-art.org/what-is-real/
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