After I had finished shooting Lalbagh Chya Raja pictures at the gate I came near Ganesh Color lab and shot some Ganpatis moving towards their Visarjan journey..
This is an extremely long series and I went to the terrace of Ganesh Color Lab and shot the Lalbagh Chya Raja from the top I missed my Nikon 80 - 200 lens I had sold off to make my trip to Ajmer during the Urus.
I now shoot with a single lens 18-70,Nikon digital.
This was the only year that I did not run after Lalbagh Chya Raja he was always behind me as I walked in the procession along with him more as a devotee than a photographer.
I still have a lot of back log to post but I think I will complete this set ..about 8 GB .
Kālī (Sanskrit: काली, IPA: [kɑːliː]; Bengali: কালী), also known as Kalika (Bengali: কালিকা, Kālikā), is the Hindu goddess associated with eternal energy. The name Kali comes from kāla, which means black, time, death, lord of death, Shiva. Kali means "the black one". Since Shiva is called Kāla - the eternal time, Kālī, his consort, also means "the Time" or "Death" (as in time has come). Hence, Kali is considered the goddess of time and change. Although sometimes presented as dark and violent, her earliest incarnation as a figure of annihilation still has some influence. Various Shakta Hindu cosmologies, as well as Shakta Tantric beliefs, worship her as the ultimate reality or Brahman. She is also revered as Bhavatarini (literally "redeemer of the universe"). Comparatively recent devotional movements largely conceive Kali as a benevolent mother goddess.
Clarence Gomes works for NAB and is a savior to blind people and is my Savior too.
He is a Roman Catholic I am a Shia Muslim.
We became friends because of St Peter our patron Saint .
Clarence used to publish a local paper Bandra Samachar and he used my picture to highlight social issues and problems of Bandra
This is about 11 years back he trusted me and gave me a Press Card for his paper that he will bring back after a long gap.
The Bandra Samchar Press Card is not as influential like the HTA or DNA now you wonder why I dont really talk of Times Of India Press Card .. it is a piece of Shit as even their peon shoots better pictures on his mobile phone and he was there shooting Lalbagh Chya Raja Visrajan with a greater passion than their highly over rated photo journos.
Who eke out shit pictures day in and day out for a living, reflections in trumpets and I don…
Honestly it is tough explaining to people what is blogging.
Blogging is not a newspaper picture or a newspaper story you read forget and throw it away.
The blog is there just a Google Search away unless deleted or page cant be displayed.
Blog is different thing to different bloggers .. A photo blog is my souls survival it originates at Flickr than I bookmarklet it thanks to Jonathan Keebler whizkid via Flickr to Facebook to my album at Facebook,
Only picture the text I copy paste from Flickr.
Than I cross blog a few of them to my web presence at Blogspot as PhotographerNo1 and Firoze Shakir Poet. I cross blog to Wordpress Photographer No 1. I have a Kumbh Mela site at Blogspot that I have changed it to Hope and Hindutva. I cross blog to Marziya Shakir on Wordpress her picture posts. Than I blog my Hijra pictures to Hijda eunuch blog my Hijra blogs on Word Press. And f…
There are a few house Ganpatis I shoot every year when I shoot the Ganpati pandals one of them is the Garuds the Pamaks and Farzans house ganpati.
I shoot this simply to show you the hospitality of the house that brings in Lord Ganeshs their faith their love and the sadness when the Lord leaves their house to go back to his own house in the sea.
So I blog and through my blogs take you time and again into a journey of life in a city called Amchi Mumbai.. a city that can make you or break you within seconds.
A city of hopes dreams and disillusionment.
I have blogged Bandra my immediate surroundings the lives the people the cats dogs goats .. the faceless fervor in the nooks crannies I have blogged filth garbage apathy and sometimes the eunuch soul of the people who stay here.
Nothing changes not the filth the garbage openly displayed for all and sundry.
Sometimes God adds sadness to mans life he overcomes it or goes down facing it.
Sometimes through pain God shows a path of life, and pain is the chapter in the book of life that one remembers nostalgically ,
Hiten is a sad story of life and because it is a personal story of pain I am under an oath of silence I cannot reveal his pain , but it is an immense pain an immense loss.
I have been shooting Hiten since the time he was a tiny tot fat chubby and I shot him as he grew up, shot his sister Sakshi too, and I shoot kids as residual hope , kids are indeed true representatives of Gods alignment with man.
You may call a man a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian but a child is a child is a child .
The Child carries the heritage of Man.
Hitens story is known to me and his relatives and it touches us all.
One day perhaps but not now..Hiten is perched in the hopes of his fathers arms.
Most of my pictures in front of the Lord GSB Ganesha were shot by a Maharashtrian photographer bhakt Raghuveer.
I am thankful to him, as he shoots me every year as I shoot him every year too.
I have known him since three years but never knew his name one is so engrossed shooting the beauty of the Lord of the GSB Community.
And I shoot without holding anything back, I shoot the myriad moods of Lord Ganesh as every mood touches my moods too.
I shoot impulsively I shoot poetically and emphatically.
I shoot Faith barefeet whether it is mine or yours..
I give respect to your faith I get respect for my own Faith too..
does it matter whether you are a hindu or i am a muslim he is eternity we both in our diverse ways part of him a stream of peace hope brotherhood and humanity we both swim faith that binds us in a single hymn keeps us fit our soul trim faith the hope the…
I was barefeet in real bad shape I shot this till late night and only had a sip of water till the time I was here I was offered food as I was about to leave but I let it pass my soul had eaten enough through images and poetic thoughts ..of peace hope and humanity.
I am a diabetic and suffer from diminishing eye sight so most of the time I shoot with my eyes shut.. perhaps it is your eyes that make me see light in the darkness of my soul.