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Robert van Koesveld
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Travel & Cultural Photographer
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Varanasi at Night
I was privileged to be invited to shoot with the incredibly talented Manish Khattry late at night in Varanasi recently. The city is special in so many ways and for me one of these is the way its mood changes dramatically at different times of day. I ended up shooting at every hour except 12.30 am to 4.30 am. Night shooting is a particular pleasure but it does take motivation to drag yourself out late at night, so working with friends provides encouragement and adds to a sense of safety as well. The images are preliminary edits until I get home to my calibrated screen. +Manish Khattry
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An Ocean of Possibilities in Kolkata

I having been working on a project about the god makers of Kumartuli, here in Kolkata, on and off for a few years. More about this another time. Today was the day when all the thousands of images of Saraswati which have been made over many weeks and finally sold over the last two days have their day as The Goddess. I was lucky to join 1400 girl students and their teachers for the Puja at a local school. Tomorrow the goddess will be immersed in the river and she will have completed her purpose.

But today she was a part of the deep valuing of knowledge and education here in India. Yesterday I visited a Book Mela that had 300,000 visitors in one day. It runs for 14! Sadly schools are given far too little government support and staff/student ratios have been allowed to reach absurd proportions. 1-120!

I was working on editing just now and found myself in tears looking at all these faces. Today I met enthusiastic students, dedicated teachers and a limitless ocean of faces full of promise.
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step - Bhutan

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Myanmar Market Mood : some locations seem to have a certain atmosphere or feeling which can be hard to name in the, often, time limited 'work' of photography. And actually, is it the place's mood, your own mood or just the gear you are using or even just the time of day? There certainly is an interaction between my own mood and that of the place that can emerge (usefully) in the images. More so if I can notice it at the time

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Adelie Penguin
Pygoscelis adeliae

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Antarctica: Frank Gehry Iceberg Sculpture

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The opening of the kabuki season
(2/3 in set)
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The opening of the kabuki season
(temporarily moved to the Pontocho theatre during earthquake proofing renovations) brought five morning migrations where groups of Geiko and Maiko, glided in, swan-like in their precision and elegance.

Each kagai has it's own day and the theatre is also busy with lunch bearing bike riders providing splendid picnics for the breaks. (1/3 in set)

Another image from the multi-layered world of Kyoto ; Chikurin Koen

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Festivals (or Tshechu) in Bhutan (2/3) involve mask dances, usually performed by monks as well as other traditional dances performed by local villagers.

#bhutan #dance #festival #buddhism #Tshechu
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Festivals (or Tshechu) in Bhutan (1/3) involve mask dances, usually performed by monks as well as other traditional dances performed by local villagers.

#bhutan #dance #festival #buddhism #Tshechu
#robertvankoesveldphotography
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