Photos of India: Mystic vision

Arunachala Sadhu, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

Danielle Winter: Photographer of mystic moments in India

NOTE: This guest post features the work of photographer Danielle Winter. Like me, she is in love with India; and her loving photographs allow the spirit of the place to seep through. Danielle has an uncanny knack of capturing the shimmering essence of India. Spirit as well as modesty and true humility are the hallmarks of Danielle’s work. I discovered her through Facebook, where she posts many of her glowing images.

My journey’s in India are about experiences in seeing, in touching upon the luminosity that resides in everything – the people of this magical country reveal this light, they are my teachers. Out of millions of moments, I share wth you 10. Photo above is of an Arunachala Sadhu, in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. The sadhu is a meditation on the cosmic view from a down to earth place. Don’t be hemmed in by the small things – go forward dressed in the goodness of your own heart. To see the rest of the photo essay…

2. Bus Stand, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

Bus Stand, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

The nexus of life in India – temples and bus stands! Both require good karma – whether you want to see the gods or get a seat on the bus, previous merit is required.

3. We gave our hair to God, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

We gave our hair to God, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Heads are shaved, the hair donated, God and those in need of wigs are served. They may have given their hair to God, but I’m not that brave – under cover of hair I feel safe.

4. Gateway to the Town Temples, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Gateway to the Town Temples, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

This young pilgrim need not give up her hair; she is already in shanti rasa; in rhapsody with God. Her gaze looks beyond form and ritual – she sees through the material world.

5. The Sabrimala Express Leaves Mylapore, Tamil Nadu

The Sabrimala Express Leaves Mylapore, Tamil Nadu

The fervent pilgrims to Sabrimala jostle hard for space – theirs is a hard won penance; 41 days of rough and tumble living.

6. Carnatic Music Shop, Mylapore, Tamil Nadu

Carnatic Music Shop, Mylapore, Tamil Nadu

This fine soul has the serene deportment of one who is a wellspring of knowledge, of one who loves the the veena and sitar as deeply as he loves his own children.

7. Dhashashwamedh Ghat Aarti, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Dhashashwamedh Ghat Aarti, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

In the late afternoon just before the din of majestic sounds and billowing smoke arises, in the midst of the nightly cacophonous symphony — I found that my mind became still.

8. Brother and Sister, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Brother and Sister, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

This camera shy brother and sister were determined and poised, he stood a little in front of her, his sweet courage enabled her to peek from around from his shoulder and offer a demure smile.

9. Workers at Teatime, Old Delhi

Workers at Teatime, Old Delhi

A break in a back breaking day, time for chai and a few moments of calm. Tea wallas whiz through the crowds with small tumblers of the sweet milky elixir, dusk will arrive and the work carries on.

10. Bylanes, Old Delhi

Bylanes, Old Delhi

In a magnificent array of humanity spread out across the city, the back alleys are alive – cheek to jowl – the inhabitants work, they play and they live, the golden glow of Old Delhi envelopes me in a film of timelessness.

Danielle Winter is a visualist, storyteller and a traveler from New Zealand.

I saw the rabbit in the moon when I was four, and have followed

A mystical path since then. I am a visualist, story teller, and a traveler.

Born in the south island of New Zealand, I was raised by many people

And have lived in many places. Life is my muse, and as

Often as possible it is life in Mother India that fuels

My love of image-taking; the essence in ordinary moments

Is what I endeavor to capture.

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5 Responses to Photos of India: Mystic vision

  1. Shalu October 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    These are lovely set of photos that capture the essence of India. The bylanes of Old Delhi is a good one, its often crowded but a lot more fun.
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  2. Shruti October 4, 2012 at 5:28 am #

    These pictures actually depicts the picture of India and also reveals the essence of the Land. India is know for its diversities and these set of picture portrays the diversities that can be found. This is the real India. The crowded lane of old Delhi is a nice capture.

  3. isaacoomber October 11, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    These pics shows the real India.India is know for its diversities and these set of picture portrays the diversities that can be found.Dhashashwamedh Ghat Aarti is a nice pic.

    Thanks,

  4. Ryan Faas November 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Great photos. You can really see what the locals look like on an average day in India. I shall take some of my own someday…
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  5. sandeep January 7, 2013 at 5:49 am #

    i read your many belogs , always one question come in my mind …….which is your Favorite place in india …….and why you chose india for traveling

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