Jigsaw puzzle of Indian reality.

Imperfect narrative jigsaw puzzle of India.

The travel photo is an imperfect jigsaw puzzle. It will never give a definitive answer on what India could be. This kind of photo is often created to be a form of entertainment. In such cases, its solution may be a significant contribution to visual entertainment or visual information. In my opinion, it is an object of entertainment that plays a major role in shaping imaginary geographies.

It is impossible to respect reality. The photographer is a creator who offers to see a new world: his own. So I am not showing you India. This is my story about India. Which India? Not the one defined by its landscapes, but the one defined by its people. The Indian man is visible in all directions. Even in the Great Indian Desert. The Indians are numerous. So it was for the Indians that I went to India. 

These photos/puzzle tell the story of a Sikh walking with a stick in the sacred lake of the Golden Temple of Amritsar, a walking bread salesman who collects coal and is teased by a black bird, Jain monks from Udaipur who spend their day walking, a Sapera with a cobra, a street actor with a huge head who plays on the roof of a slum of Delhi, etc. It’s an imperfect narrative jigsaw puzzle of what is India.   

Photo: Serge Bouvet


Barry Clark Barish

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics to Barry Clark Barish, Rainer Weiss  and (More information). The trio have been honoured for their work on creating LIGO and their discovery of gravitational waves.

He gave the second tangible proof by the experience that Black holes exist 

I met and photographed Barry Clark Barish, notorious professor at the California Institute of Technology. In 1997, he created the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. In addition, he detected with his team the merge of two 30 solar mass black holes on Sept. 14, 2015. This represents the first direct detection of gravitational waves since they were predicted by Einstein in 1916 and the first ever observation of the merge of a pair of black holes.

Barish made a presentation on this discovery to a scientific audience at Sorbonne university on August 30, 2017, with public announcement. My friends know how fan I am about astronomy. When I learned that Barish would come in Paris, I was really like a child. Could you understand. Almost exactly one hundred years after the publication of Einstein’s paper on General Relativity, it gives the second proof by the experience that black holes are no longer a theory, that gravitational waves are no longer a theory, and that Albert Einstein was a great genius.  

She gave the fist tangible proof by the observation that Black Hole exist

In 2000, Andrea Mia Ghez, an American astronomer, found strong evidence of a supermassive Black Hole at the center of the galaxy. I didn’t photographed her yet. One day, perhaps, I will be honored to!

Text & photo : Serge Bouvet

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