Dawn Again !




Ganesh H Shankar
Dawn Again !
For past week+ I have been attempting at creating some mood, this image ("Dawn again!") is part of that series.. I mentioned some of the challenges I am facing in that page. Any critical views will be useful.
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Commentby Rajkumar on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:31 am

It strikes me that Death is an event ; Life is a journey similarly Photograph is an event but is the result of a journey. Death we do not control ? Do we control a photograph ? Are we representing it or is it representing us ?

I look at this pic as plants are there waiting for the sun to come up. Non judgementally living another glorious day

Art is about what is inside rather than what is outside

Commentby AratiRao on Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:57 am

This image is like a thought, Ganesh. the sun rising from black. light from darkness. the flower's choice to stand upright, rather than wilt. to be imperfect and yet welcome the day, without doubts.

it reminds me of a poem my father would recite to me when i was little, by Kalidasa:
Look to this day:
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence.
The bliss of growth,
The glory of action,
The splendour of achievement
Are but experiences of time.

For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day;
Such is the salutation to the ever-new dawn!

i would calligraph the poem with this image and hang it up!

thank you!

~ Arati Rao ~

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:08 am

Thanks for your thoughts Raj & Arati.

Arati, that is a stimulating poem. You know the lyric in Sanskrit ?

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby AratiRao on Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:17 am

Hi Ganesh,
see if these help... http://sanskritdocuments.org/all_pdf/salutedawn.pdf


~ Arati Rao ~

Commentby Radha on Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:05 am

The beauty of this image lies in the fact that it makes one think and wonder and brood. For me, this scene represents dusk as much as it represents dawn. I can see the Sun greeting the flower and those strands of grass when it comes out of a dark cast in the morning, and bidding adieu before drowning into the blacks in the evening..

And in this large scheme of events, what do we have control on? Except for how we see and perceive things, nothing.

Thank you for sharing Ganesh!
Sorry about your loss..

Radha Rangarajan
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Commentby Nevil Zaveri on Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:25 pm

like the way goblet of fire made calmer by the flower beside. very unusual 'n interesting series, ganesh. i will need longer time to comprehend 'n relate that intriguing set of images.

tfs 'n inspiring.

Nevil Zaveri

Commentby Vikram Sathyanathan on Tue Mar 13, 2012 12:27 pm

Hi Ganesh, I see sadness in this image but death being part of life, I guess "life" goes on as we return and continue with our daily affairs. After looking at this image, I was reminded about your "Tawny Coster" and I was able to see the brighter side of life and the good it has to offer. I am looking at these two images of yours as two ends of a spectrum, both are part of life, death and a beginning of a brand new day (in case of tawny coster). I hope you are able to understand my thoughts. Thanks for sharing this image and making me think about life in a different way.

Commentby Adithya Biloor on Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:02 pm

This is a wonderful series Ganesh. One of the best series I have seen in recent times. What a set!!

From the centuries 'pain' has become one of the main sources of inspiration for artists of different genre. In the performance arts like Yakshagana or Bharathanatyam, Shokha rasa is one of the captivating and famous rasa.
In the field of literature also pain ( Here I am using the word pain in a larger context. It may be death of near ones, frustration towards society or system, not being able to do what ones want to do, or any kind of problems) has inspired many writers. I remember reading an article by famous Kannada poet "Why poverty should/ will be the subject for my literature?".
It said one of the greatest painters of our time Vincent Van Gogh was suffering from schizophrenia. He was admitted to hospital also. One of the famous drama writer in Kannada- Samsa was also suffering from a phobia, he was thinking that he was spied by British and always lived in shadows.
Even in the field of photography also many have attempted to portray their inner pain through their photos. Especially photo montage and digital art artists have done notable work in this direction.

In my little study I have noted very a few nature photographers have attempted to show their inner pain through their images. May be I have not studied vastly, my knowledge is very limited in this regard. But we, nature photographers tend to show the grandeur of nature. Is it because by the very basic purpose of nature photography i.e. documentation of what we saw? Is it because we disconnect our inner emotions from the mother nature while we shoot and just see the beauty of nature? Or is it the way to forget our pain? We try to shoot in early or late hours to get the gorgeous light and make our photo look very beautiful. And very few attempts have been made to reflect our emotions through nature photography. I am not saying this is right or wrong. This is just my observation, may be I am wrong.

I consider this series as one of the path breaking and revolutionary series.

I would like to hear from other members.

Adithya Biloor

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Tue Mar 13, 2012 9:56 pm

Recently I happen read an interesting quote by a painter (forgot the name). It read some thing like - "The invention of photography relieved art(painting) of copying" !!

We the photographers don't want to get stuck there copying for the rest of the life either ! Abstractions are one possible avenue but needs a careful consideration. As I mentioned, one of the challenge for me is how explicit an abstraction should be to keep it interesting ! Keeing it too open will make it difficult to relate, making it very explicit (for example showing a dead life form) will be very direct and less stimulating. I tried to strike a balance here. Would be glad to know your thoughts..

Ganesh H. Shankar
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:56 pm

I have been extremely emotional right from the moment when Ganesh sent me the link of this series.....I have been wondering on these very favorite lines written by Tagore.....

When I leave from hence, let this be my parting word
I have taste of the hidden honey of the lotus yonder that expands on the ocean of light
Let this be my parting word
In this playhouse of infinite forms I have had my play and here I have caught sight of him that eludes all forms
Let this be my parting word
All my living body and limbs have thrilled with his touch who is beyond touch---
if the end comes, here let it come
Let this be my parting word..........

I think Ganesh this explains my thoughts through Tagore's lines....

Nilanjan Das Photography

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:11 am

Adithya, an interesting observation about nature photography. Conservation nature photography does it too, but not through abstract means.

Nilanjan, Very thoughtful and emotional words there.

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.

Ganesh H. Shankar
Wishing you best light,

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Commentby Hrishikesh N on Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:47 am

Dear Ganesh, for me, the ant on the flower and the sunrise connect to " Dawn again"... Recovery from a dark night.