All-vision gathered into a single ray,
As when the eyes stare at an invisible point
Till through the intensity of one luminous spot
An apocalypse of a world of images
Enters into the kingdom of the seer.
‘Images of the Worlds’ is the collection of photographic works involving, on a voluntary and not-for-profit basis, emerging photography-artists from several countries.
The collection, under the auspices of AZIMVTH Ashram (a new contemporary small centre to support, research, and produce works of fine-arts, literature, and creativity inspired with spirituality), has no commercial goals. The photographers have planned and made these photographs happen with only one restriction – river Ganges (or its tributary / distributary) should occupy a part, however small, of the frame.
The collection aims to celebrate the unity of creative experiences in the diversity of elements of nature.
A goal is to collect works, imaginations, and ideas relating to specific themes and showcase them as inspirations and meditation tools for the inner peace in the present times. Another important goal is to catalogue these works so that they may be reviewed every 12 years and passed down to the future generations.
Since the times of river-valley-civilisations, rivers have played an incubating role across the world. For the inaugural edition of the ‘Images of the Worlds’ collection, the theme is ‘UPON GANGES’.
Rivers have captivated man-kind’s attention in later times to. An example can be given of the sculpture ‘Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi’. It was designed in the year 1651 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It remains at Rome, Italy where it was originally unveiled in 1651. It was commissioned by Pope Innocent X with the involvement of the local prince whose wife was niece to the Pope. The sculpture faced on to the family palace of the Pope and also a major church. A major element of the sculpture is Ganges personified as a river God; in the French, German, and many other European languages, a river has a masculine gender.
The following set of four photographs of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi was clicked by (Late) Dr. Mary Ann Sullivan, an acclaimed artist and writer. During June 2017, Dr. Sullivan herself permitted AZIMVTH Ashram to utilise these pictures.
The collection has nine categories on inanimates, flora & fauna, shrines, humans, structures, digital art, and, analog photography. Each of the category showcases a dozen photographs.
The collection is being enhanced and the process will close on 30 September 2020.
More information is available here. Persons interested in being facilitators to this project are invited to write at AZIMVTH at gmail dot com.