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Geoffrey Hiller December 17, 2010

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Lord Ganesh Celebration, Mumbai, India 2010

Geoffrey Hiller: Happy holidays from Verve Photo. The next post will be on January 10th. I’ve been busy editing work from India and Bangladesh. In the four months of the trip, unlike my usual habit, I didn’t begin editing until getting back to Portland two weeks ago. It feels like the days when I had to wait to get the film developed and make contact sheets. I like the distance that process provides. By the way, Verve Photo is fast approaching the three-year anniversary mark. In that time we have showcased the work of 500 photographers. It’s exciting to anticipate the New Year and more great discoveries!

About the Photograph:

“I shot this in Mumbai as the sun was going down, before the all-night party for the Hindu Festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. The festival celebrates Lord Ganesh, the Hindu deity who takes the form of an elephant and presides over new beginnings. On the tenth and last day of colorful displays and parades, more then 200,000 statues were immersed in the water at Chowpatty Beach. The frenetic crowds reminded me of Carnival in Rio, minus the nudity. The celebration begins with the installation of giant elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and on podiums in the streets. On this last day, the statues are carried through the streets, accompanied by singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean. The statues were as tall as 40 feet,  but what was most impressive were the groups of people chanting prayers and carrying their own smaller replicas of Ganesh.”

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