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Maha Kumbh Mela | From Boston newspaper

Maha Kumbh Mela | From Boston newspaper | photography | Scoop.it
Held only once every twelve years, the cleansing ritual of the Maha Kumbh Mela sees up to a hundred million Hindu devotees symbolically bathe away their sins in the holy Ganges River. It is thought to be the largest gathering of humanity on earth.

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Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights | Photographer: Lloyd Young

Diwali 2012: Festival of Lights | Photographer: Lloyd Young | photography | Scoop.it

Hindus worldwide recently celebrated Diwali, a five-day “festival of lights” that marks the new year and honors the principle of good over evil. One Diwali ritual is honoring Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity.


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Portraits | Photojournalist: Amy Helene Johansson

Portraits | Photojournalist: Amy Helene Johansson | photography | Scoop.it

"Unsafe Journey. A woman is riding between the railway carriages of a local train heading north from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Her luggage is tucked under the carriage in front of her. It is the month of Ramadan, a fast which culminates in Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day celebration. Tens of thousands of people leave the city to go to their home village and celebrate with their families. Trains are packed and many who fail to get tickets before they sell out or can't afford buying them at the black market ride on the roof of the train or, like this woman, finds a quiet spot between the carriages." 


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Yemen: A fine balance | Photojournalist: Alex Potter

Yemen: A fine balance | Photojournalist: Alex Potter | photography | Scoop.it

Yemen is entering a transition period. After a year of bloody protests, a new President reigns and is faced with restructuring and rebuilding the broken country. Yemen is faced with internal conflict, Al Qaeda, a looming famine, and water shortage in addition to rooting out the corruption planted by the former regime. Yet with this work-in-progress I hope to show that the driving force in Yemen is in the beating heart of its people, in the undeniable hope of freedom.—Alex Potter

Alex Potter is an emerging photojournalist who has worked primarily in Minneapolis, MN and Yemen. After graduating university with a nursing degree she decided to follow her calling rather than the advice of others and turned to a life in photography.

She has been selected as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, shortlisted by the Lucie Foundation Emerging Photographer scholarship, and has been published by Reuters, JO Magazine, Boreal Collective, and a variety of small Midwest features. She is currently in Minneapolis finishing a long term project and hopes to return to Yemen in August.


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Umbra | Photographer: Julie Renée Jones

Umbra | Photographer: Julie Renée Jones | photography | Scoop.it

"In Umbra I seek to explore the collapse of reality into the fantastic. I use a set cast of characters, my family, which repeat and become confused with one another throughout the series. This creates the idea that the events and people that are in the photographs are part of a specific Midwestern neighborhood or subdivision, and that what is taking place is part of a parallel reality and alternate universe."

 

"In pursing all of this my photographs begin to reveal a psychological level to growing up in the predominately white, middle-class environment of Midwestern suburbia. The photographs are based on my personal childhood memories of growing up there and they directly speak to the slippages between actual events and the exaggerated recollection of childhood. Some of the most mundane moments are elevated to the point of extreme significance through my usage of light and shadow to create a sense of magic, unease, and drama."

 

"I’m also interested in the way people get confused in our memories or how their roles shift, and that they are recalled as otherworldly caricatures of themselves. I think the most defining aspect of the work that has revealed itself as I have worked on Umbra is the exploration of the borderland between innocence and experience. This particular aspect is most evident with the children in the photographs but I believe that it is also present with the adults. With the children there is a conflict between the youthfulness of their physical form and the evolving understanding and awareness of the world around them."


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World Press Photo 2012, Portraits, 1st prize singles, Laerke Posselt

World Press Photo 2012, Portraits, 1st prize singles, Laerke Posselt | photography | Scoop.it

Danish and Iranian Culture Actress Mellica Mehraban, who was born in Iran but grew up in Denmark, played a lead role in the Iranian spy thriller ‘Fox Hunting’. Shutter speed: 1/60 ISO: 200 F-Stop: f/4.5 Focal Length: 50 mm Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II


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केवळ डोळ्यातून भितीचा उत्कृष्ठ अभिनय करणारी ही डॅनिश अभिनेत्री आहे, मेलिसा मेहरबान. तिच्या इराण सिनेमा फॉक्स हंटिग मधील हा स्टील शॉट....

 

भिती हा एक शब्दही फोटोखाली लिहिण्याची आवश्यकता नाही.

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Distant and Close | Photographer: Alla Mirovskaya

Distant and Close | Photographer: Alla Mirovskaya | photography | Scoop.it

“I am Alla Mirovskaya, independent photographer from Moscow (Russia). I am looking for own place in contemporary photography now. My great interest – is the Documentary photography. I would like to research such themes as personality, human relationships, family, identity, time, and memory.

Now I am studying on the course “Photography as a research”, The Foundation of Cultural and Informational Projects FotoDepartament, Saint-Petersburg (www.fotodepartament.ru). My photostory “Distant and Close” – is my course work. It is the personal story, the starting point for it was the search for understanding between me and my family, the need to under standand review my own impression of my family members and our relationships.”


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Jaisalmer, the art of editing | Photographer: Steve McCurry

Jaisalmer, the art of editing | Photographer: Steve McCurry | photography | Scoop.it

"Whether you have hundreds of thousands of pictures in your archive or a few hundred, the process of editing your pictures down to the ones with the best aesthetic, the best composition, and the ones that illustrate your story or experiences best, is a process that takes time, patience, and experience. I was in a beat-up taxi travelling through the desert to a town called Jaisalmer. As we drove down the road, we saw a dust storm grow … Where we stopped, women and children worked on the road … In the strange dark orange light and the howling wind, battered by sand and dust, they sang and prayed."

 

"Before the Afghan Girl was published on the cover of the National Geographic magazine, there was discussion about whether or not the image was too strong for the cover.  The person who advocated for putting it on the cover saw something others didn’t, and time and perspective proved that it was the picture that best illustrated the article, and also the picture that has stood the test of time."-Steve McCurry

 


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The possessed of Hazrat Ali Mira Datar | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

The possessed of Hazrat Ali Mira Datar | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | photography | Scoop.it

"The Possessed of Mira Datar is about the shrine of a Sufi saint in Gujarat (India) where hundreds of Muslim and Hindu pilgrims come every day. The belief that this saint can rid people of evil spirits, and other assorted maladies, has continued undiminished for over 600 years. Stories of possessed pilgrims being cured by vomiting snakes, scorpions and nails are circulated by the religious keepers of the shrine, to maintain their status and financial gains."

-Tewfic El-Sawy


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Theyyam performers | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy

Theyyam performers  | Travel Photographer: Tewfic El-Sawy | photography | Scoop.it

"I've added a couple of galleries to my recently published website:www.telsawy.com. One of the galleries groups photographs of The Sufis, while the other has a grouping of Theyyam performers.

Red is the color of fire and blood, and associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, courage, desire, and love. And it's used in many religious rituals and festivals in India, and worn by religious practitioners such as the Theyyam of Northern Malabar and theVellichapads (or Oracles) of Kodunggallur.

Theyyam is a living cult with several thousand-year-old traditions, rituals and customs, it includes many of the castes and classes of the Hindu religion in the Malabar region. The word Theyyam is a corrupt form of Devam or God. People of the region consider Theyyam itself as a god and seek blessings from them. 


As for the Oracles of Kodungallur, they celebrate both Kali and Shiva at an intense festival that lasts about a week.In their thousands, these red-clad devotees perform self mortification acts by banging on their heads with ceremonial swords repeatedly until blood trickle down their foreheads, and daub the wounds with turmeric. A photo essay titled Agony & Ecstasydocuments the Oracles religious event. 

And yes, I do like the color red." (Tewfic El-Sawy)


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Stills From Unseen Films : BloodyPixy | Photographer: Yijun Liao

Stills From Unseen Films : BloodyPixy | Photographer: Yijun Liao | photography | Scoop.it

This project is a tribute to all the great films I haven’t seen. I’m very interested in the film stills from those unseen films. The orphaned film stills always trigger my imagination, and become a perfect film in my mind.

In this project, I setup scenes that I would like to see in a film. I pretend that these photos are from real films with various names. Most of these photos depict individuals in certain environments. They all seem to be lost in thought. What are they thinking about? In fact, they are thinking about whatever I asked them to think about. They could be thinking about whatever you think they are thinking about. These photos are from films that exist only in my mind. Now they become films that exist in your mind. In this way, the imagined film is transferred from my mind to your mind but with a meaning of its own.


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