April of 2010, I spend a magical three days in Varanassi, India, with photographers Gavin Gough and Matt Brandon. One of the ‘homework’ tasks they gave us was to make a themed Soundslides presentation.
The Hindu faithful recognise the integration of five elements: earth, air, water, fire and spirit. I was fascinated by the use of fire in the daily observances that are conducted everywhere along the Ganges River. From pre-dawn until after dark, ritual fires burn in Varanassi to pay tribute to the Mother Ganges.
Here is my depiction of the Faith Fires in Varanassi.