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Written in Light - 3
« on: April 18, 2009, 10:41:33 AM »
Mr. Dev Gogoi continues....

Though the 1920s and upto early 1930s, it seems as if Bhagavan
Ramana and His devotees were photographed with some regularity
in formal group portraits.  Everybody is stiff, sitting or standing
in rows, looking directly at the camera.  Bhagavan shines throughout,
the utterly ordinary yet extraordinary centrepiece of every session.
There are no candid photographs we know of from this period.

From the mid-1930s and throughout the 1940s, Bhagavan Ramana
was photographed with increasing frequency.  Perhaps, this is a
reflection of the introduction and greater availability of roll-film,
hand-held cameras.  Or, it could be a simple parallel to the swelling
flow of devotees who came for His darshan,  His presence and His

Most of the negatives which survive belong to this period.  The bulk
of them are 2 1/4" square format, while a few are 2 1/4" X 3 1/4"
or slightly larger.  There is only one printable negative, a single
frame cut away from the rest of the roll, in the Asramam Archives.
It is a back view of Bhagavan as He is walking up the Hill, taken
from up close.  The photographer was a pace behind Him, and probably shot it on the run.

(Source: As stated in Part I.)

Arunachala Siva.