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Subramanian.R

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Writing in Light - 11
« on: April 18, 2009, 04:24:37 PM »
More recently, the concept of a photographic archive as planted
at the Asramam by Jim Lemkin, a multi-talented being, who among
other accomplishments, has been a professional photographer for
more than 25 years.  Consequently, the work of creating archival
standard comp negatives and fine prints, a mammoth task, has been
devotedly taken up by V. Karthik of Ramana Professional Photographic Laboratory.  Despite an extremely busy professional life, he has generated a substantial body of material, apart from completing various other special photographic projects relating to
Bhagavan Ramana's images.

At the same time, Graham Boyd [the Administrator of this Forum]
has been working with single-minded dedication, making high-
resolution scans from the original negatives, spending hundreds
of hours in painstaking computer restoration.   The first results
are already available in CD.  This is in addition to having keyed all the books published by Sri Ramanasramam, into computer, as well as creating Bhagavan's home pages on the Internet. [Arunachala ramana.org.]

There is so much more to the photographic aspect of Bhagavan's
presence amongst us.  We may never get to know all of it.  Luckily, we have Bhagavan Ramana's oft repeated pointer that we need know only one thing, knowing which all else is known. Know thyself. And it is in this boundless space that we meet the many fellow-travellers who gave themselves to Bhagavan Ramana in this field, most of them unmentioned in this cursory essay.  There is a lot to admire, both technically and aesthetically.  For instance, all those chiaoscuro
photographs of Bhagavan Ramana on His couch in the Old Hall are bravura performances of the art, as any photographer attempting today to shoot the same subject in ambient light with a slow or medium-speed film will appreciate.  In addition, Bhagavan Ramana's head used to constantly shake -- He once likened Self Realization to the entry of an elephant into a thatched hut-making high shutter speeds a necessity.

(Source: As stated above in Part I)

Arunachala Siva.