Come One, Come All!
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Snake Sect Sadhu (Magh Mela) © Tom Carter Pictures of India, a photo by India Photography on Flickr.
Photography Prohibited at India’s 2010 Kumbh Mela:
Paramilitary presence at Hindu religious gathering bar photos at Hardiwar Har-Ki-Pairi; cites terrorism, nudity.
Paramilitary control of India’s massive Kumbh Mela religious pilgrimage in Hardiwar have extended security measures to prohibit western tourists from taking photos at Har-Ki-Pairi temple, warned American travel photographer Tom Carter.
The three month-long bathing festival along the holy Ganges river in northern Uttarakhand state occurs once every 12 years and is expected to see 50 million Hindu devotees performing “puja” (prayers) and washing away their sins in the sub-zero waters, however camera-toting international tourists will be disappointed when they are turned away at the entrance.
“Only photojournalists with official Mela-stamped press passes are being allowed in the Harkipairi bathing ghats to take photos; casual photographers have to keep their cameras at their hotel or risk a tongue lashing or, worse, confiscation of your gear,” said Carter following his attendance of the Purna Kumbha Mela Makar Sankranti and Mauni Amavasya and Surya Grahan Solar Eclipse first and second snan (baths) on January 14-15, 2010. “I spent not a little time and money getting to Hardiwar, and I know other westerners will too, so I think it is only fair to give my fellow photogs advance notice.”
“After being thrown out of Har-Ki-Pairi one too many times for taking pictures, I diligently sought, and was granted, an audience with the Inspector General himself in charge of Mela security to try to obtain a ‘pedestrian photo permit.’ But as courteous as he was to actually hear my appeal, I was still denied the permit because I lack a J-Visa.”
The inspector told Carter that terrorism threats as well as the “lakhs” of nude bathers were the main reasons to restrict photography at the bathing ghats. Carter claims, however, that he saw Indian tourists left alone to snap photos, suggesting a double standard against westerners on the part of Mela enforcers.
Nonetheless, despite over 100 closed-circuit cameras, numerous companies of armed constables and 20,000 police personnel on high alert, Carter says he and other nimble photographers lacking accreditation were still able to appropriate the occasional shot. Some of Carter’s Mela images have recently been uploaded onto his Flickr account here:
“I was planning on attending the Maha Shivratri Pratham Shahi Snan first royal bath on February 12 and the main royal bath on April 14 to photograph the infamous Naga Sadhu processions, however I was informed that tourists won’t even be allowed in the proximity of HarKiPairi on those dates. Westerners be warned!!!”
Carter says he will continue to appeal to Mela administrators to get his hands on a press pass so that he can document the triennial ritualistic bathing of what is considered the largest religious gathering of Hindus in the world. Alternatively, he suggests the natural setting and more laid-back atmosphere of the Magh Mela at Sangam in Allahabad.
Travel photographer Tom Carter will be backpacking to every state in India over the next several years to complete his next book of photography INDIA: Portrait of a People. Carter’s first book, the critically praised CHINA: Portrait of a People, will be sold on Amazon.Com beginning this June. Help support Tom Carter’s travels by ordering your advanced copy today. amzn.com/9889979942
Prayer Flags-Yubeng Trek-Deqin-Yunnan Province-China, a photo by mikemellinger on Flickr.
Prayer Flags on the Yubeng Trek near Deqin in Yunnan Province, China
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
“Não é indicativo de saúde estar bem ajustado a uma sociedade profundamente doente” (J. Krisshnamurti). Dreamer não consegue ajustar-se à sociedade que o cerca e questiona os valores que lhe foram impostos.
"It is no measure of health to be well adsusted to a profoundly sick society" (J. Krishnamurti). Dreamer can't adapt himself to the society that surrounds him and questions the distorted values that were imposed to him.
"Dura é a luta contra o desejo, que compra o que quer, à custa da alma" (Heráclito)
foto: Vitor Schietti
modelos: Lucas Araújo, Flávio Losada, Iremar Rodrigues.
assistente de fotografia: Jean Peixoto e Anabelle Mota
produção de figurino: Fabrício Viana
maquiagem: Diego Reboredo
tratamento e manipulação: Vitor Schietti
design de letras: Eudaldo Sobrinho
agradecimentos: Rosani Montalvão e Emílio César Marchi e Eduardo Talley
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It made it to the 18th edition of the online art magazine Ideafixa: www.ideafixa.com/18/
Internationales Stadionfest Berlin (ISTAF) – International Stadium Sport Festival Berlin (ISTAF), a photo by pinguin1961 on Flickr.
ISTAF, Berlin 2009, Deutschland
ISTAF, Berlin 2009, Germany
ISTAF, Berlin 2009, Tyskland
Aufgenommen mit Minolta-Konica Dynax 5D
Monday, February 27, 2012
Mrs. Winchester was obsessed with spiders and building. She never finished this house and built obsessively in order to confuse the many ghosts she believed were after her due to their demise at the hands of Winchester Firearms.
Sony Carl Zeiss
2, 8-5/7, 9-23,7
Thanks to chase alias for the photoshop.
If you don't know, I love old stuff! I mean really old stuff! As a child I used to collect old coins. At one time I had a rather extensive coin collection.
Today I was in an Afghan bazaar. Most of the things sold in this market are not the real deal. Countless items from clothing to pirated DVDs to supposed thousands of years old artifacts can be purchased at this market. I'm just not enough of an "expert" to know what is counterfeit and what is real.
The coins pictured here were all in one glass case. I was told by the Afghani vendor that these coins were real, very old and ranged from many different periods in Afghanistan history from Alexander the Great to the Russians. I'm skeptical, though! I have a friend who used to live in Kabul and he tells me that he has actually seen blacksmiths in Kabul forging counterfeit coins - the same kinds of coins you see here.
If there are any experts on this subject I'd really appreciate it if you could shed some light on this issue: tips, tricks and what to look for and watch out for as far as determining whether or not these coins are authentic or modern replicas.
Oh, I asked how much the entire case of coins would be. I was quoted at 1500 U.S. Dollars - though I know I could talk the price down considerably!
SHOOTING PORN, a photo by RedJinn: World Peace: What are you doing about it? on Flickr.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
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Willimantic, USA 2011
It doesn't appear stable in real life, but that's our tower. over 100 years old and remarkably standing. It went through one of those microburst intstant hurricanes and survived. Both Great Oaks came down in front, but that tower stands. Some say it's haunted, but I say not yet.
Sony Carl Zeiss
2, 8-5/7, 9-23,7
I feel like a fox trying to figure his way out.
Desperately searching.......the sound of braying hounds in the distance.
Just now getting settled after moving 2 weeks ago.
To where you ask?
Sadly, back in with my parents.
I feel like this is a step backward.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I'm truly blessed to have my parents around to fall back on when times get tough....
(Like now, broke as I am)
But its frustrating......I mean shit.....I'm 30 this year......I should have a place of my own by now....
All that aside, life's been pretty fucking hectic!
I'm preparing hardcore for this art show in April.
Lots of stressing, some crying, a few eureka moments, and A LOT of planning.
Please cross your fingers for the next two months for me ;-)
Of course work has been next to nothing....
Hence the broke part.
So that's enough about that.......
And the friend that I've made, Brandon, has become a quick BFF.....quicker than either of us had figured!
Have you ever met someone (in a non sexual context) and just immediately hit it off with them? You have everything in common, you know what the other is thinking, and as a result end up hanging out EVERY NIGHT (but one) for a month straight?
Well that's pretty much how our friendship has progressed.
We've both helped each other out in SO many ways since we'd started hanging out.
It's almost as if the universe conspired to put us in each others way.....
What do we do each night we hang out?
Oh yes, I've gotten much more into my tarot cards since chillin' with Brandon.
He even gifted me a deck of Gypsy Witch Cards from pre-1930s!
And we both have become scary accurate with our readings......both individually and when trying to read tandem with each other.
I think we're actually gonna start a little metaphysical group in the future.
Hang out, read each others cards, cast the lots, twirl the pendulum, channel the spirits, work the charms....
Should be exciting!
I'll let you know how it goes!
Lastly, one quick reminder.....
Are your fingers still crossed for me?
Remember.....gotta keep them that way for two months......
I need all the luck I can get ;-)
Here are some hints for shooting the Moon:
• Most likely you will shoot at night so you need a tripod. Remote control is helpful too.
• Get your biggest lens with you if you want details, not just bright spot. 200mm is a minimum, 400 or 600 is nice... if you can afford one ;)
• The Moon moves really fast. Don't even try long exposure — it will be blurred for sure. You'll need to set ISO high in order to keep exposure within 1 sec.
• Even on tripod a DSLR camera often shakes because of the mirror. If you have Mirror Lock-up feature — use it.
• High in the sky the Moon looks the same everywhere. Try to shoot during moonrise of moonset when it is close to the horizon. Choose interesting location beforehand. City line, distant buildings and monuments are great foreground for the Moon.
Tips for shooting Moon eclipse:
• When the Moon is covered by Earth shadow is doesn't shine bright. That is obvious. Street lights can spoil your shooting easily. That's why lit up buildings don't suit anymore. You need to find something without lights.
• Switch to manual focus