River of light

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A journal about Varanasi and a personal story about vulnerability, exploratory and trust.


"I had always wanted to travel to India, to the city of Varanasi in particular. I wanted to capture the people and the landscapes of a place rooted in ancient cultures and traditions.

I was travelleing alone which in one way made me more vulnerable, but at the same time, made meeting new people easier. Being alone allowed me to move about the city at my own speed, and without the constraints of others. In the course of my daily walks through the labyrinths of old Varanasi and by the Ganges River, I was able to interact with people for varying periods of time, and occasionally be invited into homes, neighbourhoods or to share experiences. Some encounters were so brief that not a single word spoken, but yet a connection was made and they became deep and meaningful, at times including spiritual sensations of peace and stillness. These moments of more intimate access enabled me to photograph the city and its people in personal ways, capturing moods, atmospheres and quiet private glimpses into day to day life where the past and present, eternity and continuity co-exist".


(A selected range of pictures from the project).

Note: These images are photographed with an old Rolleiflex camera.