Camera and the Romantic Eye of a Seer-Voyeur in the Creation: Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Photographic Pilgrimage

Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Srinagar, India, 1948

Consciousness-Analogue

So, you reap

And so, you must pray

To repay the debts you all owe to the almighty

In the shrouded silence of the clouds

In between the heavy Himalayan rocks,

In between you and me and the camera

that has passed eternity on celluloid film

And time morphed in its own way

Curving the slender back of a divine sun

In the rain on the ocean, in the shrouded mystery behind the veils

Woman as light in the octagonal prism-eye of occult manifestation

Saw pure hymns flowing down the mountain valley

Collect them on crystal mind of ether

And sing them a song in the morning glory.

– Joy Roy Choudhury

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