It became common to see images used to serve any agenda mostly because no one takes the time to check to see who the photographer is, where and when the image was shot and most of all what it is about.

For instance since three years I keep on receiving a picture coming with a heartbreaking comment mentioning that this is "an Iraqi girl in an orphanage missing her mother, so she drew her and fell asleep inside her after respectfully removing her shoes outside."

Of course it is impossible te remain insensitive when you read such words.

The problem is that according the conflict going on, the orphanage is either in Iraq or in Syria therefore it is raising questions, mostly when this pictures comes in endless chains on social medias.

While searching on Google Search Image I found the name of the talented Iranian photographer who made this shot.

Bahareh Bisheh is an Art student living in Isfahan, on her flickr account she explains:

"This little girl is my cousin and she actually fe...

January 11, 2017

"Dalida" is a a biopic film by Lisa Azuelos telling the tragic life of the legendary star...

Making a biopic is never easy nevertheless Lisa managed to find some unusual story angle making this movie very deep and touching.

For those who lived in the 60's, 70's or 80's, the movie reminds a part of our lives embedded in the collective psyche in particular through the accuracy of the sets, garments, accessories, the amazing work on lights bringing back that specific atmosphere of these years.

The editing of the film is quite rare for a French production and brings a great contemporary rhythm which is appealing and captivating.

The storyline shows a woman's fate through her love stories and this is the strength of the film as anyone can easily identify with the star.

Sveva Alviti is brilliant and stellar, it seems obvious that this Italian actress inhabited by Dalida will become a huge star.

The other actors are marvellous and perfectly embody all the characters of the...

December 21, 2016

“Feast of Varanasi” is an independent movie and a thriller directed by Rajan Kumar Patel.

The action is based in Varanasi (Benares), the oldest living city in the world.

I won’t say much about the story in order to keep it as a surprise to some future audiences, it is a classic thriller using universal topics of the duality of life and death, good and bad or light and darkness however it is depicted with a new twist using the culture, legends and Hindu iconography specific to Varanasi making it realistic and appropriate to anyone who knows the city.

The strength of this movie also lies in the fact that it was done with a small budget which allows a sensible and pragmatic atmosphere that Rajan Patel managed to compose successfully without betraying the essence of the Eternal city.

A few words regarding the wonderful actors making the couple of police inspectors, Adil Hussain (who featured in “Life of Pi”, “English Vinglish” or “Raag”) and Tannishtha Chatterjee (who featured in “Gulaab Gang”...

December 15, 2016

The picture "India's Cellphone Revolution" was published in French weekly newspapers LE 1 released the 14th December, 2016.

It is a portrait of a Sadhu with a mobile phone carried as an amulet necklace, it was shot along the Ganges in Varanasi (Benares).

India has a capacity of keeping its traditions while ajusting to modernity.

Revolutions come slow but life changes fast and in the instant this holy man with a naked body, long matted hair and beard, appears wearing his mobile phone among religious symbols such as rudraksh beads necklaces.

The contrast says so much about today's India, a country that manages to live in several centuries at the same time.

As they say,"incredible india"...!

December 15, 2016

"Formal attire requested" for an evening at the Royal Opera of Versailles...

Television broadcast at the castle of Versailles the 3rd & 4th November...

French tenor, "Roberto Alagna with friends" on stage for an unique TV program which is on-air the 16th of December on France 3.

Roberto Alagna will be performing with Laurent Naouri, Natalie Dessay, Francesco Demuro, Aleksandra Kurzak, Piero Pretti, Barbara Furtuna and accompanied by Nemanja Radulovic (violon) & Yvan Cassar (piano) among other amazing artits...

This is an event not to be missed if you have the French public national television broadcaster...

I am also enclosing a few pictures shot during the recording of this amazing TV musical show.

France 3 

Friday evening

(16 Dec)

at 8:55 pm (French time)

or in replay. 

December 14, 2016

I had to create a favicon (short for favorite icon) for this website however I never worked on a logo for my photography work.

The first idea coming to my mind was to use Ganesha, the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom.

As the Lord of beginnings, he is also honoured at the start of rituals and ceremonies and he is worshipped before starting any good work. 

He is also the son of Shiva, the Lord of Benares where I make most of my photography work and last, but not least, I always wear one around my neck given by my Indian "Ma-ji" many years ago.

So each time you will see a little orange Ganesh in your browser's address bar it means that you are on my site.

"Om Gum Ganapatayei Namah"

December 14, 2016

In India nothing starts without ॐ (Om) which is a mystical and sacred syllable in the Dharmic religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism or Jainism.

It is the symbol of the Absolute.

ॐ is said to be the primordial sound that was present at the creation of the universe and to be the original sound that contains all other sounds, all words, all languages and all mantras.

So welcome to this site with the sound of the universe, it's the first, original vibration, representing the birth, death and re-birth process.

Namaste and ॐ

"Pranava" - A tile with ॐ (Om) written in Devanagari - Varanasi (Benares), Uttar Pradesh, India.

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