Orchestrated Chaos, by Zan Turvey

May 4th, 2012 :: Posted by Jamie Smith :: Comments (0) :: Leave Comment


It took quite a while after my return from a recent trip to India to be able to form a description of what I experienced as I traveled throughout that amazing country for three weeks in my personal re-make of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.  I arrived at the term “Orchestrated Chaos” after some considerable thought.  But within all the hustle, tragedy, layers of grit and mounds of clutter lie countless moments of beauty and compassion.  Here’s one of those moments caught at sunrise from the Yamuna River behind the Taj Mahal.

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Finding Peace in a Crowd – By Ashok Sinha

February 29th, 2012 :: Posted by Jamie Smith :: Comments (0) :: Leave Comment
       

Book Cover Image © Ashok Sinha

 

Photo © Ashok Sinha

Is that even possible?

However, no matter how much of an oxymoron that may sound, I have to say that I was first-hand witness to this “phenomenon”.

The Golden Temple in Amritsar, north India, where the shot above was taken is a place of contradictions.  The holiest of shrines for all Sikhs, the 300+ year old site is located in one of the more crowded cities in India (and for those, who haven’t been to India you have no idea what I’m talking ’bout – take downtown Manhattan and multiply it a few items, and then add in generous portions of chaos and *maybe* it will come close).

But once you walk into the Golden Temple complex, everything changes.  Yes, there are still plenty of people around, as you can see.  But there is an uncanny presence of peace everywhere.  Men and women from all walks of life and all religions come and worship together, creating an underlying feeling of brotherhood that is hard to describe.  It is perhaps this sense of community and coexistence that lends to this atmosphere.  Who knows?

Whatever it is, it was perhaps because of the many such contradictions that exist in Indian society today that this image was the fitting cover image for Nobel Laureate V.S.Naipaul’s New York Times bestselling book simply titled – “India”.  I have not read the book yet, but would like to someday.

Ashok Sinha is a photographer and Meeting of the Art Waters Co-Producer.  ashoksinha.com

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