Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Reek

This is the top Croagh Patrick (The Reek) under cloud. It is from the top of this mountain that St Patrick is reported to have slept for 40 days and 40 nights and from here he drove the serpents from Ireland into Clew bay below. All great pilgrim paths in Ireland lead to this mountain. The famous Tochar Phádraig passes through Ballintubber Abbey to the base of the Reek. The path along this pilgrimage is dotted with megalithic sites of worship with cup and spirals incised into rock faces. St Patrick's Chair, or the Boheh Stone which is located on the pilgrimage trail south east of Croagh Patrick reveals the original meaning to the mountains worship as twice a year, from this stone, the sun appears to 'roll' down the side of the mountain into the Atlantic.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lucknow Tribune

My article and photos on the Aghori Sadu sect as published by the Lucknow Tribune in February of this year.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Dancing at the Durga festival in Bundi

Glorious Durga dancers in the town of Bundi in Rajasthan.  This was the first festival I stumbled upon on my last Indian trip.  Festivals are part and parcel of life in India and one of the most exciting things about the subcontinent for a Photographer.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Ayurvedic chemist

This ayurvedic practitioner worked at the oldest hospital in Lucknow, a hospital which worked on donations and never charged a single person for treatment.  I saw this quite a lot in India, particularly with Ayurvedic medicine not western...

While in Bikaner I was welcomed with a cup of chai and some street food by an other ayurvedic practitioner who was sat cross legged folder instruction pamphlets for his ointment. The clinic was a tiny open faced room in one of the many bazaars if Bikaner. The walls where covered with before and after pictures and letters of thanks from the many burn victims he had treated, for free. He explained to me why he believed medicine and medical treatment should never be charged for and it was a compelling argument, but a very simple one, he based what he did on compassion and service to others. It was unconditional yet it was practical as if to prove this point a patient turned up to have his dressing changed. As a westerner and essentially a germaphobe, it was compelling yet unnerving to watch a dirty bandage come off and see the wound beneath and watch it get dressed. The man being treated was clearly in pain but was still scolded for not keeping the previous dressing clean.
But it was free, and it worked. There was no monetary value assigned to someones well-being. This shot is featured in my book Mazdoor which can be purchased here

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Varanasi Baja Band

The band from my friend Vishnu's wedding. These bands are everywhere in north India and during the wedding season you will hear them before you see them, they are noisy and stand out like sore thumbs which is probably the point.  Its the type of chaotic spectacle that makes India a total joy to photograph. This shot is featured in my book Mazdoor which can be purchased here

Monday, March 18, 2013

Delhi drain cleaner

Saw this man cleaning out the street drains that lay beneath the cluttered roads of Paharganj in New Delhi.  Anyone who has traveled in India longer than a month will know Paharganj as the main traveller hub just by the New Delhi Train station.  This photo is featured as a dps my soon to be released photo book 'Mazdoor - the workers of India'.  The stench was pretty hardcore, this is hard job which of course if done by the Dalits castes (untouchables). UPDATE - My book Mazdoor which can be purchased here

Friday, March 15, 2013

Varanasi silk weaver

Part of my "workers" series from India.  I'm editing a set down to thirty photos for my first photo book Mazdoor which can be purchased here

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sikh Pilgrim 1

Amritsar was probably one of my favourite places in India.  The Sikh's are incredible people and the Golden Temple is one of the most peaceful and sacred places I've every had the good fortune to visit.  I was really struck by the Kindness of the people and how they truly reflected
the tenants of their faith.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Master Goldsmith Michael Field

Master Goldsmith Michael Field engraves a silver celtic cross. from Darragh Mason Field on Vimeo.

I shot this short film of my Dad working in Jan just after coming home from India. Holding the cross in focus was a right pain as the 1.8 aperture on my 50mm gives such a shallow depth of field, kind of reminds me of some 4AD music videos, all it would need is some heavy texturing and a lower dynamic range.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Evening light at Kathmandu market

Evening light breaking down the streets at the small market in Kathmandu by famous Buddhist shrine whose name escapes me now.

Night Market

A night market in Kathmandu. The light is run by battery as the city's power is only on for 6 hours a day.