Sunday, June 2, 2013

Glenn Losack Godfather of My Grand Kids ..



they consider him
their photo guru
two shia kids
in love with
a kind humble
mystical
american
jew ..
he talks to
them with
a american
drawl they
talk to him
in urdu
he nods
his head
in approval
they get
the cue
marziya
nerjis asif
shakir
two street
photographers
of rustic bandra
giving their guru
his due ..he uses
nikon they shoot
cannon ..me too
holistically healing
through the camera
how why what
i have no clue
the shakirs
the losacks
citizens of
a world where
imagery is
poetry
monochromatic
color and hue
all yours
to view ..
to understand
a religion
called humanity
you have to
step into our
fathomless
shoes
we bring
to life dead
lost emotions
our goal our
holy mission
our only excuse

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

Removal of 110 Rods From The Human Cage

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

The Rod Slides Out Like a Piece of Cake

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Removal of 110 Rods From The Human Cage

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

Removal Of The Rods From The Cheek After The Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual

Spitting Milk In The Mouth To Seamlessly Remove The Rods From The Mouth After The Rod Piercing Ritual



It was Bhima the spitting Guru and rod piercer of Goddess Marriammen , who I accidentally met a few years back, at Nehru Nagar slums , during the Marriammen feast .. and we became good friends ..

It was Bhima who introduced me to this feast that has passionately fascinated me no end , through him I shot the first Marriamman Feast at Macchimar Colony Mahim West ..and than I created links made friends shot the Marriammen Feast Sion Koliwada and the last concluded one at Madras Wadi Worli thanks to Shanmugham and Sundar a graphic designer all Tamil Hindus migrants and pucca Madrasi Mumbaikars.

I am invited to these rituals by Bhima and my other friends including Velu the Head Priest of Marriammen Temple Nehru Nagar Juhu.


I shot the piercings at Juhu beach, the animal slaughter in the morning and I follow the piercers and the main procession till Nehru Nagar where the rods the limes hung on needles attached to backs arms , the tiny trishuls in the ladies tongues and the hardcore hooks are removed .

This removing of the rods takes a lot of time , as this year there were more than 750 I think, and as I shoot this barefeet , it tires me out.. I left early .

Bhima is a very humble Tamil Hindu and is a devoted Marriammen follower worshiper.

Without him I dont think I could have documented all this ..

One person who wants to shoot this with vengeance is my American friend Dr Glenn Losack.. Marc De Clercq my Belgian friend had shot the Marriamman Macchimar feast three years back.

Luckily I am now a well known face at the feast and nobody objects to my shooting them...

Being Human

God was confused he did not know whether to make me a Hindu Sufi Shia Christian or Jew He mixed all the colors made a color new.. He ad...