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 사진작가 "Shahidul Alam"의 브라흐마뿌뜨라(Brahmaputra,산스끄리뜨어로는 '브라흐마의 아들'이란 뜻) 여정을 담은 사진들이다. 언젠가 어느 한국 분의 글과 함께 작가의 사진이 인터넷에 오른적이 있었다. 사진이 너무 좋아 인터넷 검색을 통해 작가의 개인 홈피까지 찾아가..... 사진들을 스크랩 해두었다. 아래의 영문 글들은 작가의 홈피에 담긴 긴 브라흐마뿌뜨라 여정의 글이다.  작가의 홈피에 방문하면 몇 몇 사진들은 작가의 음성(?)으로 나오는 설명을 들을 수 있다.


 

              Brahmaputra: A journey to one of Asia's Gerat Rivers 




▲ Sen gaur, Mt.Kailash


It started from a longing to cross other boundaries. Reaching across boundaries of time, across boundaries of political space, across racial and cultural barriers of language, race and religion. To go back in time to how our environs were created. The answer lay in a river. Amazing as much for its physical grandeur as for the history hidden in its rocks and its exuberant flow. The Brahmaputra. The son of Brahma.
 


▲ Prayer flags, Mt.Kailash




▲ Truck crossing, Mt.Kailash


It had been a long journey. It had taken us four years to chart the path of one of the greatest rivers in the world. Searching for its mythical source, we travelled to the glacier at the Chemayungdung mountains that the river stems from. Following the river, from West to East, across Tibet, and plummeting South through India and Bangladesh, we went from the snowy peaks of the Himalayas to the massive outflow into the Bay of Bengal. Through waterfalls, sand dunes, barren rocks and lush mustard fields, we travelled in the scorching heat of the Bangladesh summer and the icy winters in Tibet. We saw the crimson leaves of autumn and the vibrant green of monsoon, walked the snowy passes in the Himalayas and waded through the gushing floods near the Bay. We found canyons and rocky cliffs, and the sparkling clear waters of unpolluted streams.



▲ Sandstorm, Lhasa




▲ Monk in passage, Lhasa


We followed the footsteps of Atisha Dipankara a thousand years after he went from Bikrampur to Tibet. Braving monsoon storms at the Jarlong Zhangpu crossing, arrested by the Chinese military, smuggled into Arunachal Pradesh, we travelled like the river itself, bending, changing, finding our way along its winding banks. We caught Podda'r Ilish (Hilsha from Padma) from a sail boat, under the looming monsoon sky. We sung Bhatiali songs as we went blowing against the winds.



▲ Monastery shutters, Lhasa

 


▲ Milking sheep, Lhasa
 



▲ Kali, Assam


Like a Hindu deity, the river has many incarnations, changing its name and nature as it flows along its 1800 mile journey from its source near the holy mountains of Kailash through the icy glaciers in Tibet, the green mountains in India and through the fertile plains of Bangladesh into the Bay of Bengal. According to legend, Tamchok Khamabab, "the river coming out of the horse's mouth" spilled from a glacier in the Chemayungdung Mountains. The water was cold, the sands were composed of cat's eyes and emeralds, and those who drank from the newborn stream became as strong as horses.

 

▲ Boat hull, Assam


 

▲ Guawahati boy, Assam


 

▲ Tibet cafe, Assam




▲ Hibiscus, Assam


Older than the mountains, it is a river that forces its way across the towering Himalayas. The Tibetans know it as the Yarlung Tsang Po (the purifier). In India it is known as the Brahmaputra. In Bangladesh it is also known as the Jamuna, the Padma and finally the Meghna before it opens into the sea. No one is known to have traversed the entire run of the river.



▲ Gauwahati sunset, Assam




▲ Majoli boatman, Assam



 
▲ Assam sunset, Assam


 

▲ Tea garden. Assam




▲ Jamuna bridge, Bangladesh

 
Life on the river is changing. The sail boats that used to ply this mighty river are now rarely to be seen. The Bhatiali song is being replaced by the drone of the 'shallow' engine. Overfishing has reduced the harvest for the fisherman. But still, the river remains central to the Bangladeshi way of life, and Abbasuddin's songs still drift across the waves of the majestic Brahmaputra.



▲ Tree shadow, Bangladesh



 
▲ Rajshahi wind, Bangladesh




▲ Meghna silhouette, Bangladesh




▲ Buriganga aerial, Bangladesh




▲ Ilish fishing, Bangladesh




▲ khaliajhuri, Bangladesh


We take you on this journey, across the millenium, across three nations, through Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam. From the icy trickle in the glaciers. Along Pei in China, where the river narrows into a rapid-filled gorge reaching phenomenal depths and amazing cascades. Through the crystal clear waters in Arunachal Pradesh. Across the lush deltaic plains of verdant Bangladesh. We take you sailing along the Brahmaputra.

By Shahidul Alam



 
출처 : http://www.zonezero.com/exposiciones/fotografos/shahidul


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