A starry night

Between the sand dunes of the south, and the dry savannah of the north, a vast and diverse landscape was experienced as we travelled through Namibia in our overland truck. Near Spitzkoppe, we were surrounded by a dry, dusty, and rocky environment that was hot during the day and chilly at night. Away from the city lights, this area provided clear dark skies and, with it, a wonderful opportunity to take photos of the night sky, some of which can be found at:

Me and my partner had decided to leave the tent in the truck, and to sleep under the stars. Wrapped in a light sleeping bag, we took shelter from the cold wind by huddling in a hollow around 5 inches deep on top of a rocky outcrop.

As I looked up at the stars, the immensity of the Milky Way and the galactic core bearing down on me, I marvelled at the splendour of the universe. With my trusty camera next to me on a tripod and with a remote control, I snapped this view; these heavens were the last thing I saw before I fell asleep.

A sadhu at the Kumbh Mela, India. The Ancient of Days.

At the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj, India, 2019. Around 240 million people visited this event. An eclectic mix of the old, the new, the religious, and the curious. Most notable here were the thousands of sadhus (or holy men). Here is one I pictured, making his way through the confines of the festival. He reminds me of William Blake’s depiction of god in his “The Ancient of Days”. It’s unusual, I know, comparing a Hindu holy man with the Blake’s Judeo-Christian god. The visual comparison is striking; both are the Ancient of Days.

An NFT to a high-resolution image of this photo can be found at OpenSea.

 

Young girl of Kayah State

We were travelling through the remote regions of Kayah State in Myanmar (Burma) and stopped at a small village. After wandering around and soaking up the village life, here, a small girl was standing by a wooden fence giving us an inquisitive look. She was wearing those famous metal rings around her neck, but this is purely for decorative purposes now and is no longer used to “elongate” necks.