Sunday, May 13, 2012

Still Life Stiller Death


The conch is blown at the start of any auspicious ceremony as well as all through the route when a corpse is carried for the final rites to be performed. Is there something so auspicious about death, I wonder. This misty, mystic daze is what I tried to capture through this photography in still life which seems to cast a dark shadow of death on one side and a bright light of life on the other. This is to be framed in our rooms to remind us that life and death is all about celebration if not for you, then for someone else.

4 comments:

Enigmatic Soul said...

Firstly, a perfect click. Secondly, intriguing thought. For Indians, perhaps, death is views as an escape from all the earthly things, most of which are sources of pain and sorrow. So the sound of conch is is supposed to help the deceased find its way towards salvation/heaven/'moksha'.

VST said...

@Enigmatic Soul: Thank you for the recognition and for taking time to comment. If I were a sage I would have said that for many the highest form of pleasure is pain and vice versa... so there seems to be no difference and hence the conch a rightful figurative...

Subhorup Dasgupta said...

not qualified to comment on the photograph, but the accompanying text is brilliantly written. death is the culmination of all that we use life to prepare for, even when we are ambiguous about what lies beyond it. living, in that sense, is dying.

VST said...

@Subhorup: Thanks for the compliment. Keeps me going...