Six months ago I finally got my hands on an imported DVD of ‘Faith Connections’ I found it on Youtube to share with you all.
Faith Connections is deeply moving documentary filmed at the 2013 Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in india. This is a remarkably insightful film, full of stunning images and for me up there with ‘Walking with Nagas’ as one of the best documentaries out there based on the Kumbh Mela festival.
Directed by Pan Nalin ‘Faith Connections’ follows a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi (Hatha Yogi Baba) who is raising an abandoned baby, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis – all connected by one faith against the spectacular display of devotion.
“Walking with Nagas” is one of my favourite documentaries. Centred around the 2007 the Hindu Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad that I travelled to and photographed along with 70 million pilgrims searching for spiritual enlightenment.
The documentary by Julienne Rathore on the excellent Culture Unplugged website focuses on the Naga (naked) Holy men of Juna Akhara culminating in the day of the great bath, this film gives an intimate impression of the world’s largest act of faith.
Synopsis:“Walking with the Nagas” gives an intimate impression of the world’s largest act of faith, the Kumbh Mela. The festival dates back to before Creation when Hindu Gods and demons were fighting in the celestial skies. In 2007, 70 million people made the pilgrimage to Allahabad in northern India for the Ardh Kumbh Mela. Bathing in the holy confluence of three rivers, the pilgrims cleanse their souls in search of spiritual enlightenment. The focus lies upon the Naga Sadhus, one of eight families of Hindu holy men. These warrior ascetics are an extremely reclusive family who have denounced all worldly ties and focus upon self-enlightenment through meditation. At the Kumbh, the Nagas lead the processions to the riverbanks for the sacred baths. Starting at midnight, the night is a freezing 3°C, but the Nagas persist, marching for endless hours, covered in no more than a thin layer of holy ash.
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I love India’s beauty, diversity, ugliness, culture, religions, unrivalled friendliness, the in your face full on attack on your senses and chaos that only India can produce.
Those that have been to India be it once or countless times like I have will agree this a fantastically cleaver video from The Perennial Plate really evokes memories of those moments of life in everyday India.
If you’ve never been to India well this video is a pretty accurate snapshot of what to expect at any given turn.
Mark Coughlan Photography and travel blog is finally live!
After six months of toying with doing this site it’s finally complete!
Thanks in large to producing children the last few years have been pretty static with minimal opportunity to travel. Now with two beautiful daughters in tow and growing rapidly I’m starting to get itchy feet. I’ve a few short term and long term plans that I plan to share with you on here.
This website is two parts – First and in the main my portfolio of work from projects I have worked on and images from various travels around the world in the last 10 years of so.
Secondly is this blog something I plan to update on a daily basis. As those that have been following my various websites and blogs over the past 10 years of so I’ve named the blog ‘A Shepherds Bush Man Eats From A Can’, a reincarnation of my old website and blog from the mid/late nineties!
I will blog about my own personal work in the past and future giving background info behind images and bodies of work I have produced. I’ll share old photos and video clips from trips in the past even from the good old backpacking days before digital SLR’s were born!
With this blog I’ll share with you all the work of other photographers I like and videos, clips, short films, documentaries I personally enjoy and recommend you check out.