Wednesday, June 26, 2013
"When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree." George Bernard Shaw
Between The Madman And The Sane Man There Is A Very Thin Demarcation Line, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
the sane man
uses his head
the madman is
a curve on a
one is human
the other divine
is blissfully happy
the sane man
is never fine
the sane man
a page that cant
be displayed online
both flesh one soulless
the other for a soul pines
"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you." Carl Gustav Jung, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
is a state
on the illusory
nature of sanity
as is where
is you dont
miss ...a madman
is happy living
like this ...
his last wish
"Insanity -- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world." R. D. Lang, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
the madman of bandra before he completely lost it
a manic though that seeped out of the refrigerator
of his mind i shot defrost it..on the soul
of my blog embossed it,,,criss crossed it
madness demystified so as not to exhaust it
"Earth is an insane asylum, to which the other planets deport their lunatics."
Voltaire, in Memnon the Philosopher
what is bad
swish and swirl
for a madgirl
"Years ago, it meant something to be crazy. Now everyone's crazy." Charles Manson, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
The madman of Bandra , he sits out his pipedream..
a cup of tea from the nagori tea seller is what sustains him..
"A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free."
I have met a lot of mad people , and my quest for mad people took me far and wide, mostly at Sufi shrines in India..madness has many forms the highly intense one , where all medication psychiatry has failed go to Dargahs expecting God to cure their loved ones , and so here it is called possession in Dargah parlance Hazri .
I went to Hussain Tekri Jaorah , difficult to shoot but I did and than to The Holy Shrine of Syed Meera Datar Unjha .. the most famous spiritual healing center for mad people .. I shot here but in a few hours ..
As a street photographer I shoot pain , visible invisible ... as a Malang I saw a lot of holistic healing at Zinda Shah Madar Makanpur...
I have seen weird cases out of respect I tried not to shoot some images as it would hurt the girls marriage proposals ,..
And strangely we have a saying Dil To Pagal Hai.. the Heart is Sheer Madness.
And this new series is actually old pictures I am bringig forward from the treasure chest at Flickr , tweaking via Aviary and re posting as new blog..
There was a guy where I stayed he was madness personified I shot him a lot , he was hung on booze and drugs he has finally been sent to a Mental Institution, he was a born actor.. life wasted completely..
I am thus compiling all the mad people I shot over the years ... in my street photography set...a new dimension to old blogs.. besides there is nothing to shoot .. I love the monsoon I hate shooting it watching people getting wet orgiastically is nothing short of Rain Porn..
"We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe."
Johann von Goethe
why are people
mad why are
some born free
is full of
i have nothing
to gain ..
"When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane."
Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)
seeing the way
i was clad
i too was mad
so he connected
with my camera
the mind is
on the gonad
who is she
did she come
what is her name
is she hindu
muslim or what
a fish out of
water in the
net of my
she is Mad
is a divine religion
humanity in a spot
she is merely a
speck a dot
on her soul
on the face
for a slot
the soul of madness
mad peoples pictures
i tweak upload .
are mad people human
do mad people have a code
an ethnicity found in ever abode
mad lady of chapel road
running from the demon
in rural bandra its winding road
a rare blissful state of mindlessness
with which she was bestowed
can her earlier avatar be restored
i am not sure .. but becoming mad
is a reverse transformation prince
becoming a toad or a sane woman
becoming mad in a vortex of nothingness
getting swallowed ...much worse than
getting widowed ..a poetic thought
re echoed ...no more will she be
pillowed ..once and for all
hitting the end of the road ..
About This Mad Man of Bandra- Living On The Edge, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
I passed him yesterday , he was out there in the rains , under the house on a road where he stays .. I have been shooting him since 2011 .. and every time he is given a new pair of clothes they become like what you see in the picture , he never bathes , never washes himself.. and is dirty filthy,..
I also see him near the Irani restaurant in my area he gets a cup of tea on the road , he is barred from entering within understandably so..
I have never talked to him all these years sometimes I wanted to give him money , but he gives me a stern look and I am sure he would throw the money on my face .
Yesterday I asked the Nagori tea man near the house where he sits about him , he said he knew nothing.. we dont have a social police department that could take him to a home for the destitute .. nobody is interested .. unless he becomes a nuisance or harms somebody till than he is human living on the edge..
He sleeps in a lane close to where he sits , and sleeps like a child under an ice cream cart.. I could do an entire picture story on him , but of late I have stopped shooting him or shooting pictures.
Once I shot the rains now no more I wont ever take my grand kids to shoot the waves at Worli or Chowpatty , that is not the genre of our photography.
Marziya I dont take to shoot pictures anymore , she is busy with her studies .. and the camera is not an important element at this stage.
Nerjis 23 month likes the camera , can handle it but I have not taken her out in the rains with the camera.
She comes out with me in the mornings , to buy kotmir and sprouts for the birds , she loves sprouts herself.
She knows the names of all the fishes at our house aquarium..denisoni, molly, clown loach, suckers , black ghost, guppy..and a single albino frog her favorite.
So primarily because I am not shooting the rains , not shooting pictures or events , I am now tweaking my older stuff through Aviary, and re positioning them , as blogs adding a poem, words come easily , pictures invoke words ...and I have shot so much that if I work on the few older ones they become as fresh and new.
Sometimes I wish we could post more pictures on a single page at Flickr like Blogspot to add a series on one page .. but now the New Flickr is fine with me ..I have got used to it.. I am not grumbling or complaining ..I wont go to Ipernity I was there once they dont take kindly to colored people .. and I found some French can be xenophobic at the point of being racists.
I dont like 500x I am crossblogging to Tumblr .. who knows Flickr might get merged into Tumblr than I am making it easier for myself.. and I type with one finger I am not complaining about that too.
Friends want me to come back to Facebook but I am holding back its been 6 months now since I moved out from that mad house.
I am on Twitter ...but not addicted to it..
Flickr is my homepage .. the beginning of my end ..
There is a lot to shoot in Mumbai.. besides the usual shit people shoot ..
A lot of architectural students are shooting Bandra Bazar Road .. and that is nice rural Bandra .
I hardly use my Canon EOS 7D ...
I am doing a cameo in a Bollywood film I went to dub for it recently.. they told me not to post the pictures till the film is released all in all I am a lousy actor ,..I would rather shoot pictures than put paint on my face .. no regrets .. I need money but not as a actor or as a photographer .
I do freelance and enjoying my 60 years as a grand father .. I miss my Malang brothers .. but now because of the Marziyas fishes and birds I take care of I dont think I could leave Mumbai.
One thing is final wont ever be shooting Moharam in Mumbai .. will go to Hyderabad will Glenn .. for Ashura and Chehlum in some other city.
Shooting pictures does not add or subtract to my Shiasm..I am a recluse I stay away from people and congregational religion..
And I am actually blogging after a very long time .. there is a difference between shooting pictures and photo blogging.
from where she
comes is a
of noahs ark
lost their spark
life dreary dark
madness is human
a new benchmark
Error Processing Photo Please Try Again... Aviary You Can Drive Any Flickr Member Crazy And Insane, a photo by firoze shakir photographerno1 on Flickr.
you are such a pain
out on a picnic
for a wrongful gain
you are flickr
a boring pain
i cant edit
to use your
of a mad woman
of bandra i shot
was this hope
that in her mothers
womb as new born
child she bought
in a cosmic net
of illusory miasma
she got caught
under the great
tree of knowledge
she rots ..a particle
in a karmic plot
is a unique one
he lost the way
to his house
so he was
perplexed this mad
too are human
that people shun
mock make fun
kids throw stones
at him away they
23 month old
a camera vision
within her cosmic
mind she holds
brave and bold
she does what
she is told
nerjis asif shakir
in total control
blessed by an american photographer .. as his student she enrolled ..in the losackian mold
mad lady of alibagh
sat on a wall
mad lady of alibagh
had a great fall
all the mind doctors
all her kind friends
could not put
the mind of
the mad lady
Some pictures are embedded on my poetic consciousness much before I shot them..furtively waiting for me ..and only I would have shot it .. the pathos pain of mad people is the genre of my photography.
Many years back heavy into alcoholism I was only a whisker away from being locked up in the loony bin.. I literally flew over the cuckoos nest..my tribute to mad people of India.
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