Bengali Wedding

Bengali’s wedding tradition is a long story. From the very begining we come to know our tradition we saw a strict and joyfull tradition in our wedding ceremony. Where bride and groom come seperately from their home to the venue. Then with due respect on religion a well pious man read the wedding agreement and both bride and groom have to sign on the paper. This happens same for all the other religion/region weddings. But whats the difference for Bengali?

Well, Bengali girls grow on their fathers home with their family. And from childhood they are taught one day they have to leave their known family to a unknown family i.e Grooms home. A Bengali girl always have some dream about unknown Groom’s home. How it will be? They don’t know.

Aminul Islam

"It began as a mistake."

— Charles Bukowski, Post Office (1971)

Here I go again - the blame
The guilt, the pain, the hurt, the shame

Thomas Thorstensson started doing Street Photography in 2013. Perhaps it was his move to the vibrant area of Harlesden in London that got him started. There’s a lot of inspiration right outside his doorstep as there’s a rich mix of Reggae, Colombian, and Brazilian culture in this corner of NW10. And what could be better than following the Street Photography ‘norm’ of shooting where you live. Thomas loves it, he also likes the feeling that comes with documenting life in Photos – whatever area that might be.

Thomas Thorstensson, Website | Flickr

Ata Adnan
The Daredevil.  
A teenager showing off his bicycle skills.
Fisheryghat, Chittagong.

Ata Adnan

The Daredevil. 

A teenager showing off his bicycle skills.

Fisheryghat, Chittagong.

Great Photographers: Duane Michals

Duane Michals’s interest in art began at age 14 while attending watercolor university classes at the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh. In 1953 he received a B.A. from the University of Denver and after two years in the Army, in 1956 he went on to study at the Parsons School of Design with a plan to become a graphic designer; however, he did not complete his studies. He describes his photographic skills as “completely self-taught”. In 1958 while on a holiday in the USSR he discovered an interest in photography. The photographs he made during this trip became his first exhibition held in 1963 at the Underground Gallery in New York City.


For a number of years, Michals was a commercial photographer, working for Esquire and Mademoiselle, and he covered the filming of The Great Gatsby for Vogue (1974). He did not have a studio. Instead, he took portraits of people in their environment, which was a contrast to the method of other photographers at the time, such as Avedon and Irving Penn. Michals was hired by the government of Mexico to photograph the 1968 Summer Olympics. In 1970 his works were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The portraits he took between 1958 and 1988 would later become the basis of his book, Album.

In 1976 Michals received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Michals also produced the art for the album Synchronicity (by The Police) in 1983 and Richard Barone’s Clouds Over Eden album in 1993.

Though he has not been involved in gay civil rights, his photography has addressed gay themes. In discussing his notion of the artist’s relationship to politics and power however, Michals feels ultimately that aspirations are useless: “I feel the political aspirations are impotent. They can never be seen. If they are, it will only be by a limited audience. Michals cites Balthus, William Blake, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Eakins, René Magritte, and Walt Whitman as influences on his art. In turn, he has influenced photographers such as David Levinthal and Francesca Woodman. He is noted for two innovations in artistic photography developed in the 1960s and 1970s. First, he “[told] a story through a series of photos” as in his 1970 book Sequences, second, he hand-wrote text near his photographs, thereby giving information that the image itself could not convey.

Exhibit in slideshow format for Duane Michals

*****contrasted gallery on Flickr

Thanks to Contrasted gallery on Tumblr.