• Sagrada Família Barcelona

    Sagrada Família Barcelona

    Work on the Sagrada Família started in 1882 using the conventional neo-Gothic designs of Francisco de Paula del Villar. The work was handed over to Antoni Gaudí who worked on it for the next 4 decades.

    This is a truly awe inspiring temple and inspired by a deep seated faith. With its impossibly tall columns representing trees and arches for branches, the interior is a sort of homage to the natural world.

    The organic and natural curvature of the arches and stone work is a hallmark of Gaudí’s architectural style. While we revel in Gaudí’s indomitable signature curves and shapes, we forget that in order or achieve them, he was an accomplished structural engineer. The imposing mosaic stained glass windows are typical of the exuberant flashes of colour seen in much of his architecture. Natural light pours in and is diffused over the light coloured stonework.

    Sagrada Família is not a cathedral though it was elevated to the status of a “minor basilica” when Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the unfinished church in 2010. Today, although still in construction after 133 years, it attracts three million visitors annually. It is scheduled for completion in 2026, to celebrate the centennial of the architect’s death.

  • A small glimpse of life in Guangzhou, China

    Guangzhou is the third largest city in China with a population of 13 million. Located 75 miles north-northwest of Hong Kong, it is a large national transportation hub and trading port. I would like to credit my good friend Sunny who lives there and sent me a small batch of beautiful images. The monotones in particular portray a very serene and age old quality, belying the fact that this a populous and thriving city.

    November 29, 2011 By admin Culture Photography Travel
  • Images of Buenos Aires

    Images of Buenos Aires

    These very rustic urban ‘scapes’ of Buenos Aires were taken by Minesh Parmar (see previous post). Buenos Aires is the biggest and the most populated metropolitan city in Argentina. I love these for their vividness and grungy textures but most intriguing of all, the sparseness’ of these shots give little hint that this is a thriving cosmopolitan capital city, with a population of more than 13 million people!

     

  • Mark Rathinaraj – Artist

    Mark Rathinaraj – Artist

    Mark Rathinaraj was born at T. Palur, a village near the temple town of Kumbakonam and now  based in Chennai. I first met Mark whilst I was holidaying in South India with my family in 2009. He was an acquaintance of my father in law, who I suppose could be regarded as one of many admirers of Marks work and a long standing well-wisher. We visited his studios in Chennai and he showed us his ample portfolio of work.

    The style

    Mark has a very distinctive style, bringing his subjects to life with his trademark strong black outlines against brown rustic backdrops and sweeping strokes. His themes primarily focus on Indian dance and culture and everything about his work shows fluidity and movement. His works are lauded for their energy and vibrancy but despite his energetic technique, they also seem to imbue a sense of contemplation. Whether it’s dance or yoga much of his work involves the portrayal of people. The ability to capture movement is about “getting the basic skeletal anatomy right” in his own words. One of his major influences is another Indian born artist, K.K. Hebbar. It’s easy to see how much of the powerful lines from his work have pervaded Marks’ approach to his own art.

    If you want to see more visit: http://www.online-paintings.com/ Here are some examples of Marks’ work:

    June 17, 2010 By admin Art Culture Inspiration Religion Travel
  • The Masai of Tanzania

    The Masai of Tanzania

    Some years back I went on safari to Tanzania, visiting the famous Ngorogoro Crater and the Serengeti. Here are just a handful of images taken of the Masai tribe, who were out in all their regalia to show off their traditional dress and handywork.

    March 19, 2010 By admin Culture Photography Travel
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