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Chris L Jones
Biography 6 India Part 3

Biography 6 India Part 3

After my time riding camels through spectacular desert villages, I was off towards Udaipur via the old Raj hill station of Mt Abu. Despite the loud voice inside me saying I must get to Udaipur, I took the side trip anyway. I was travelling at a time when there had been recent riots throughout India, so there were very few other travellers and it was easier to find places to stay.  Mt Abu is the spiritual home of the Brahma Kumaris, and you see many of them on the road in their light robes, but in contrast it is also a resort for Indian newlyweds. There...

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Chris L Jones
Biography 6 India Part 2

Biography 6 India Part 2

Entering the magnificent gates of the old town of Jaipur leads you to the usual Indian scene of vendors, traffic, rickshaws and touts, beggars and dirt, a riot of Rajasthani colour, stylish pink turbans and saris lavishly embroidered in gold. It is so much to take in when it first hits you that you end up just standing still and looking around in sheer amazement! This is why India is the most unique place on earth and a consciousness expanding experience on so many levels. It intensely awakens all your senses; the smells, sounds, sights, flavours and textures will challenge the boundaries of what your...

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Chris L Jones
Beyond the surface of things

Beyond the surface of things

Ed Weston's Daybooks were a great shaft of light shining on the landscape of my formative photographic world. He didn't understand the language of spirituality in an eastern mystical way, but his perception pierced the usual photographic preoccupation with the outer manifest world. Going beyond the surface of things was his mantra, and his work transcended the collective illusion of reality.  There are a thousand stories etched into the deep furrows of this Rajput farmer's face that mirror the arid landscape where he ekes out his existence, but beneath that hardship and pain there is a light that shines from the depths.  Sahaja is the eternally...

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Chris L Jones
Biography 6 India Part 1

Biography 6 India Part 1

With only a limited time in Nepal, I went flat out to get as many photographs as I could. That meant long days of sunrises, sunsets and lots of hours walking around in the slush and mud in between. Whilst I was engrossed in the extraordinary things I was seeing, like the mystical temple and palace filled Patan Durbar Square (image below), I was also thinking of my upcoming visit to India, preparing myself psychologically for what I knew was going to be challenging and exciting visually and culturally.  My flight from Kathmandu to Delhi was uneventful apart from Indian customs wanting...

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