The Ganges River is arguably the most sacred thing on Earth for Hindus. They look at the river like a mother, and worship it daily. Many come from all over India to bathe, drink, and be around the river. Before cremation, the body of the deceased is washed in the river to purify it of any and all sins. Once the body is burned, the bones and ashes are thrown into the river. 5 types of bodies are not burned, but tied to stones and released into the middle of the river upon death. Pregnant women, people with leprosy, certain animals, and children. Families who cannot afford the expensive cremation ceremony also typically throw the bodies of the dead into the Ganges as well. This river is known to be one of the most contaminated in the world, it was a pretty heavy sight seeing people bathe and drink from it with a massive dead cow floating just a few feet in front of them. Pictured is a Sadhu, who renounced all earthly possessions to dedicate himself to Lord Shiva. This was taken on an early morning spent talking to him about his story and perspective while floating along the Ganges on an old school boat.
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So much beauty in the most unexpected places.
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I’ve been struggling to find the right words to describe my week in India. I couldn’t even bring myself to edit the photos because of how powerful of an effect the experiences I shot had on me. The people I met, the raw, real, and overwhelming scenes I saw will stay with me for the rest of my life. This trip opened up my perspective like nowhere I’ve ever been before. The project that will emerge from this will be my best and some of my most passionate work to date. India has inspired me to pursue a different direction within photography, and has sparked new ideas, goals, and more philanthropic focused work moving forward. This image was captured in a slum in the outskirts of Varanasi. The feeling I had when capturing this raw moment still gives me chills. I’ve always been inspired by the works of many National Geographic photojournalists, and for the first time it felt as if I had stepped into their world and fully immersed myself within it. No guides, no touristy spots, just me, @karljquist, positive energy and our camera gear. I’m looking forward to sharing more moments from this trip.
In this interview street photographer Rinzi Ruiz @rinzizen talks about photography as a meditative exercise. He calls it „street zen“. Rinzi says: „Photography can change our minds, our emotions and many other things.“ When he found himself in a creative slump and stressed out working as an art director, street photography helped Rinzi to re-connect with the artist inside of him. He says: „I felt that over the years I had lost of part of myself, going up as a creative person. Basically, I was losing myself to the corporate life. I needed to find something to bring back my creativity.“ Walking around taking pictures not only made Rinzi grow as an artist, it also helped him to deal with stress and opened his eyes to what was happening around him.
Since then the love to explore the world through the viewfinder of his camera has never stopped.
Asked for his „why“ in photography, Rinzi replies: „ONE OF THE GOALS OF A BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER IS CREATING A PHOTOGRAPH THAT MEANS SOMETHING. AN IMAGE THAT PEOPLE CAN RELATE TO, OR THAT CAN PRODUCE AN EMOTION WHEN SOMEBODY SEES IT.“