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Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat

"...Is jagaa hum mile phool dil mein khile Kya khabar, kya pataa hum mein tum mein ho kya Baaton baaton mein kabhi, aankhon aakhon mein kabhi..." (...We meet in this place and flowers bloom in my heart Who knows what there is in you and me Sometimes in words, sometimes in eyes...) (From the song "Pyaar Ishq Aur Mohabbat") This picture was shot in the Lodi Gardens in Delhi where I saw this couple in love enjoying a moment of cool breeze before sunset... Join the photographer at www.facebook.com/laurent.gol…

Everlasting Beauty

“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.” (Jules Renard - French author, 1864–1910) This lady came from South India in order to worship the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras). After taking a bath in the holy waters, she was styling her long white hair under the sun. The quintessence of femininity was visible through her graceful gestures...she was beautiful... Join the photographer at www.facebook.com/laurent.goldstein.photography © All photographs are copyrighted and all rights reserved. Please do no…

Head of Hair

"O fleecy hair, falling in curls to the shoulders! O black locks! O perfume laden with nonchalance! Ecstasy! To people the dark alcove tonight With memories sleeping in that thick head of hair. I would like to shake it in the air like a scarf! Sweltering Africa and languorous Asia, A whole far-away world, absent, almost defunct, Dwells in your depths, aromatic forest! While other spirits glide on the wings of music, Mine, O my love! floats upon your perfume..." These words are the beginning of "La…

In The Footsteps Of The Nawabs

"My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier: for as a costly jewel retains its value even if hidden in a dung-hill, so old age and discretion are to be respected even in the vile persons of our subjects. Desist therefore, and tell us what you desire and propose." (From "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis) This is the entrance of the Hussainabad Picture Gallery in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. It was built by the third Nawab of Awadh, Nawab Mohammad Ali Sha…

Vanity, Pride and Arrogance

“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.” (Samuel Butler - English novelist, 1835-1902) This is a close up of a gate of the Kashi Ram Green Eco Garden in Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This park reveals the misuse of public money. It was built on 120-acre of land by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Kumari who also erected huge statues of herself in a style reminding totalitarian regimes in order to show respect towards Dalit icons as she cons…

Becoming Everything

“Knock, And He'll open the door Vanish, And He'll make you shine like the sun Fall, And He'll raise you to the heavens Become nothing, And He'll turn you into everything.” (Rumi (Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Balkhi) - Persian poet and Sufi mystic, 1207-1273) This picture was shot at the entrance of a little temple which is on the last floor of the massive palace standing at Balaji Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras). I was standing at the end of a long dark staircase where I could listen to some bat echo…

A Fleeting Reality

"To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy." (From "The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers" by Henri Cartier-Bresson) This picture was shot in the evening at dusk, at Shitla Ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras). The light was fading and becoming dull with a lack of contrast suddenly two men came and without warning, started clean…

From Boredom To Fascination

"The Chinese have a theory that you pass through boredom into fascination and I think it's true. I would never choose a subject for what it means to me or what I think about it. You've just got to choose a subject - and what you feel about it, what it means, begins to unfold if you just plain choose a subject and do it enough." (Diane Arbus - American photographer and writer, 1923–1971) This picture was shot at Assi ghat along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benaras). It was during the morning when things were q…

The Year of the Water Snake

“Appreciate and rejoice, without any expectation. It doesn’t matter if people are unkind to you, it doesn’t matter if people betray you, it doesn’t matter if people don’t even say ‘thank you’ to you; by appreciating everything around you, from happy experiences to sad, your life will become meaningful, full of understanding, joy, strength and fearlessness.” (Jigme Pema Wangchen, The Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, B.1963) This is a view from Stok palace, the current residence of the royal family of Ladakh with a…
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