Publication by Barcroft Media, an international media company  of my photo documentary of Jains monk. The article was prepared by journalist Crystal Chung. 

Monk of Udaipur walk for miles everyday to practice ancient religion

Captured on camera by photographer, Serge Bouvet in February 2017, the images show the various types of Jain monks and an insight to their day-to-day practice of social alienation as they walk and hike several miles per day.

Serge said: “The Jains monks are people who walk in single file, walking may allow them to free themselves from… 
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Photos: Serge Bouvet
Text: Crystal Chung

Now, it’s a cover for new album of Toucas Trio Vasco

Two years ago, on the Hooghly ghats, near Kolkata, I had photographed this sadhu. Now, it’s a cover for new album of Toucas Trio Vasco.

A musical trip 

Blending musical traditions ranging from India to jazzy tunes to pieces with a “fado” touch, to fun and indian percussive pieces as well as reflective melodies. This record is a trip around the world ! Beautiful, multi-layered melodies and interesting rhythms played on a host of traditional music from India, Spain, the Balkans, Brazil and Cuba. Christian Toucas, composer and leaderband of Toucas Trio Vasco, offered me to use one of my photos for the cover of his album. 

A tribute to the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama

On 1497 after overseeing the building of two ships, the Saint Gabriel and the Saint Raphael, De Gama set sail for India, along with five other ships. Vasco da Gama was the first European to reach India by sea. In addition, his initial voyage to India was the first to link Europe and Asia by an ocean route, connecting the Atlantic and the Indian oceans and, in this way, the West and the Orient. Therefore Christian Toucas decided to redo the same journey through music. The cover image depict the first trip of Vasco Da Gama

About the photo ‘On belly of Hooghly river’ 

There is a famous Bengali quote:’If you don’t visit Calcutta and don’t see the Howrah Bridge, it means you are still in your mother’s womb.’ Near the bridge, people go in belly deep to take a dip in the Hooghly river – the son of Ganga. I woke up quite early for this shot. It was around 6:30 when I met this sadhu. I had followed him with his back turned to me. I said ‘namaste’. The sadhu turned and looked at me.  I do not balk to have the feet in water too. I was crouching there in my wet pants because I would take a photo from the waist, slightly tilted up. Howrah bridge perspective in the morning fog was amazing. The Sādhus was dressed in saffron-coloured clothing, symbolising their sannyāsa (renunciation). I though it was a good moment for the shot on belly of Hooghly river. 

About the print advert

I’m a passionate collector of vintage travel newspapers with engravings and stamps too. I have two old newspapers about India. The commandant Annet-Jean-Baptiste Plazanet was recounting an episode of his journey back in the Journal des Voyages (N°386, April 1904.). The engraving illustration shows a sleeping beauty and an Indian shepherd.  I put the CD album on the newspaper. And the shot  told a new visual tale which enchanted the eyes.

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