MANHATTAN NEW YORK – We didn’t got to Warren this weekend because we needed the time here to get sorted into our daughter’s apartment, where we’re staying while the work on ours is being completed. Just ok on the photography front.
Day 3062 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
VARANASI (BENARIS) – We had a long day here, visiting the great Sarnath Stupa, a monument to Buddha marking the site where he delivered his first sermon. Then two trips on the Ganges, one in daylight and one after dark, with intermittent walking it between. This is the holiest of all Indian cities, for Hindus comparable to Jerusalem. I have many images so I’m posting a gallery for the day.
Day 3054 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
KOLKOTA INDIA – Today we went down on the Ganges to a neighborhood that specializes in Hindu religious images. The process starts with a bamboo matrix that is fleshed out with straw. Artisans then apply multiple coats of Ganges mud, which is what actually makes the statues holy. They are then sanded and painted and decorated.
Day 3053 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
KOLKATA INDIA – Kolkata (ne Calcutta) is the third largest city in India – it is actually not visited by many tourists. It was the seat of the British Raj here until the government was moved to New Delhi starting in 1912 in anticipation of hostilities with Japan. Many of the large colonial-era monuments are in use as government buildings and are not easily accessible. We are spending most of our time on foot here in the extensive markets.
The first image below is my favorite of the day – it pictures a Hindustan Motors Ambassador, which were widely sold in India starting in 1955 or so; legions of them are kept alive here as taxis.
Day number 3052 of one photograph every day for the rest of my life.
On this date exactly five years ago (day number 1226 of one photo every day): Tree at night Three frames handheld and stitched.