Durga Puja is an annual Hindu festival in South Asia that celebrates worship of the Hindu goddess Durga. It's the most important religious and social event in Kolkata. It involves a series of rituals which start from the production of effigies, building of the pandals, offerings of flower and worship, and then finally immersion of the effigies in the Ganges.
This audio slideshow was produced during my photography/multimedia workshop The Cult of Durga which took place in Kolkata from September 29 to October 13, 2011.
The Rickshaw Wallahs of Kolkata is an audio slideshow of B&W stills of rickshaw pullers and ambient audio recorded in the streets of Kolkata...including some narrative by the pullers themselves.
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This was filmed between 29th April and 10th May 2011 in the Arctic, on
the archipelago Lofoten in Norway.
My favorite natural phenomenon is one I do not even know the name of, even after talking to meteorologists and astrophysicists I am none the wiser.What I am talking about I have decided to call The Arctic Light and it is a natural phenomenon occurring 2-4 weeks before you can see the Midnight Sun.
The Sunset and Sunrise are connected in one magnificent show of color and light lasting from 8 to 12 hours. The sun is barely going below the horizon before coming up again. This is the most colorful light that I know, and the main reason I have been going up there for the last 4 years, at the exact
same time of year, to photograph. Based on previous experience, I knew this was going to be a very
difficult trip. Having lost a couple of cameras and some other equipment up there before, it was crucial to bring an extra set of everything. I also
made sure I had plenty of time in case something went wrong.
If you can imagine roping down mountain cliffs, or jumping around on slippery rocks covered in seaweed with 2 tripods, a rail, a controller,
camera, lenses, filters and rigging for 4-5 hour long sequences at a time, and then
having to calculate the rise and fall of the tides in order to capture the essence - it all proved bit of a challenge.
And almost as if planned, the trip would turn out to become very
difficult indeed. I had numerous setbacks including: airline lost my
luggage, struggling to swim ashore after falling into the Arctic sea: twice, breaking lenses, filters, tripod, computer, losing the whole dolly rig and controller into the sea, and even falling off a rather tall rock and ending
up in the hospital. As much as I wanted to give up, the best way Out is
always “Through”. I am glad I stuck it through though because there were some amazing sunrises waiting. At 1:06 you see a single scene from day to night to day which is from 9pm to 7am. Think about that for a minute.. 10 hours with light like that.
I asked the very talented Marika Takeuchi to specifically compose and
perform a song for this movie, and what she came up with is absolutely remarkable. Thank you very much Marika!
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Music: "The Arctic Light" by Marika Takeuchi
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I huvudstaden Dakar i Senegal finns ett tydligt exempel på globalisering. Det är mer och mer vanligt att svenska och europeiska företag lägger sina verksamheter utomlands för att spara pengar. Det svenska företaget Samres utbildar unga välutbildade Senegaleser i Svenska. Efter en intensivkurs på sex månader blir studenterna anställda och får därefter svara på samtal kopplade från Sverige och beställa bilar för den svenska färdtjänsten. Från Senegal beställer de bilar till äldre, och handikappade människor, som behöver komma till sjukhus, tandläkare, bowlinghallar eller köpcentrum. Många av studenterna har aldrig ens satt sin fot i Sverige men kan mer om det svenska samhället än många andra. I framtiden kommer fler och fler företag utnyttja de skyhöga arbetslösheterna utomlands för att hålla nere kostnaderna.
In capital city Dakar in Senegal the Swedish company Samres educate people to learn and understand Swedish.
After an intense six months education the students get employed by the company and are ready to answer telephone calls from Sweden and order mobility Service cars (färdtjänst) for disabled and elderly persons living in Sweden. The transportation cars are directed from Senegal to transport the disabled and elderly persons to various citys and places in Sweden, like supermarkets, health centers, bowling alleys etc etc.
Tre gånger stänker prästen upp det renande vattnet: en för själen, en för samvetet och en för kroppen. Genom dopet renas mandéerna från sina synder och från materialism.