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Sky High

Recently Conde Nast Traveler published a post featuring images from places high up. So I thought why not have a similar post even on this blog.

Starting with an image of Paris from the top of Eiffel Tower. With the Sacre Coeur in view.

DSC_0610Next we look onto the city of Prague, from the Prague castle situated strategically on a hilltop making it tough for the ancient man as well as the modern man with high blood cholesterol to climb.

DSC_0246Lets get out of Europe and look at Dubai

DSC_0135Lets look down upon one of the Indian cities, the city of Kolkata.

DSC_0010Back to Europe, to Italy specifically, looking at the red housetops of Venice.

DSC_0546Next we look down upon Florence, the city after which Florence Nightingale was named. The view is secured after climbing over 400 treacherous steps through narrow pathways and dark haunting alleys all built within the Florence Duomo.

DSC_0004 Finally we look over the city of Rome, which incidentally was not built in a day, from the top of the St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

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Images & Research : Marcus Sam

Contact : info@marcussam.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween from an Ossuary

Since Halloween is here it would be great to have a post from one of the eeriest churches around the world ; the ossuary (a place to store bone) situated at Sedlec, a small village near Kutná Hora , Czech Republic.

In 1278,an abbot sent to Golgotha, the place where Jesus was crucified, got some of the soil from that place and sprinkled it over the abbey cemetery. In the mid 14th century, during the Black Death, and after the Hussite Wars (Bohemian religious wars) in the early 15th century, many thousands were buried in the abbey cemetery.Later on there was no more place for new graves,the bones were dug up and made into an ossuary cum church.It currently houses roughly between 40,000-70,000 human skeletons some of which have been made into artistic chandeliers and pieces of art and is rated as one of the most eerie places of worship in the world.

  • Human Bones being stacked up and stored

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  • The entrance to the Roman Catholic Church

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  • Spines been given an artistic shape by the ancient monks

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  • A Cross being made with bones

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  • A bone chandelier that is the ‘cherry of the cake’

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  • A few more ‘artistic imaginations’ of the ancient monks

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  • And finally Jesus Christ himself at the end of the parade. Also an image of bones lines with coins, proof enough that u are born empty handed and you die empty handed.

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And Finally Happy Halloween !!

Research & Images : Marcus Sam

For any info contact : info@marcussam.com

 

 

 

 


Walking towards the light

Walking towards the light.Shots which symbolize paths that lead towards the light.

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Images Copyright : Marcus Sam

for information contact : info@marcussam.com

 


The king is afraid

The 2013 Google Zeitgeist video is picking up momentum, while u watch it, instead of doodling on the wow factor or the laments on how u spent 2013 scratching your eyes on your e-screens, rather than following the ‘world is calling, where are you’ philosophy, note how this year the stress of Google is on ‘voice powered searches’ unlike last year when the stress was on Youtube followed by Googleplus.

This also brings into our minds how Google came up with its new adverts for the desi (India,Pakistan etc) markets where it liked to influence the new age of ‘smart netizens’ or people who primarily and almost only use smart phones/tabs only to browse the web, by impressing upon the psychology – hey look, we also have a smart app for that, u don’t need to type ‘www.google.com’ all the way..The advert worked its charm the sweet way by touching upon the Indo-Pak sisterhood along with the fact that we all love our grand parents (ok most of us do, alright ok, some of us do, fine)…

The king of search seemed to be jittery after its fall flat attempts of venturing into the social media arena..Now Google wants people to know, look we came first, since neither ‘Bing’ nor ‘Yahoo’ has the search by voice option slapped on your face as soon as u type for the browser.. The emperor is getting old, he sees the horizons with his dry & scrotched eyes.For the first time he is afraid, very afraid..

The Google Zeitgeist 2013

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The advert Google made to tap into the desi smartphone/tab use segment

 

And oh yeah since this is a primarily photography page, I leave u guys with the inside view of the  Pisa Cathedral in the Square of Miracles – Piazza del duomo,Piazza dei Miraconi ..Have a great weekend people..!

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Happy Ramadan 2013

 

 

 

Happy Ramadan/Ramzaan

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Here are some interesting facts about Ramadan/Ramzaan.. (I had shared a few of them last year also, but this year the viewership is different so I would like to share them again..)

Happy Ramadan

Did u know a few interesting facts about Ramadan ?

☪ Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy Quran “was sent down from heaven, a guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation”

☪ It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month.

☪ Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation..

☪ During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting. At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning..

☪ The good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed by five things –

1) The telling of a lie
2) Slander
3) Denouncing someone behind his back
4) A false Oath
5) Greed

☪ On the evening of the 27th day of the month, Muslims celebrate the Laylat-al-Qadr (the Night of Power). It is believed that on this night Muhammad first received the revelation of the Holy Quran. And according to the Quran, this is when God determines the course of the world for the following year..

☪ When the fast ends (the first day of the month of Shawwal) it is celebrated for three days in a holiday called Id-al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast Breaking). Gifts are exchanged. Friends and family gather to pray in congregation and for large meals. In some cities fairs are held to celebrate the end of the Fast of Ramadan..

☪ Benefits from Ramadan

1. It strengthens one’s ties with Allah and trains the soul to observe duties of devotion in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).

2. It enforces patience and determination in the Muslim individual.

3. It promotes the principle of sincerity by keeping the Muslim away from arrogance and showing off, since it is an act between the individual and his Creator.

4. It promotes good character, particularly truthfulness and trust-worthiness.

5. It encourages the Muslim to do away with bad habits and change his/her circumstances for the better.

6. It enhances generosity, hospitality, and spending on charitable causes.

7. It reinforces feelings of unity and brotherhood among Muslims.

8. It instills orderliness and close observance of the value of time.

9. It serves as an opportunity for children to perform acts of obedience and to practice Islamic acts of worship.

10. It offers a chance to balance one’s attention to both physical and spiritual needs.

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Research & Image : Marcus Sam

 


Happy Uncle Valentine’s Day…!

Happy Uncle Valentine’s Day…!

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And here’s a common couple fight scene…lol

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And finally for the ground reality chapter….Here’s the spoiler…!!!! 

GRUMMMPY CAT ALERRT…!! And a few More Funny Images…!

 

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Hello Captain ..!

‘Hello Captain’ is a project I have been working on for sometime..It is supposed to be in 3 or more parts.

I have just barged into the cockpit or bridge of aeroplanes , boats ,ships etc and introduced myself and clicked the pictures of the captain in charge of the ‘ship’…I have tried to cover all the 3 modes; Air, Water and Land.All of them were beautiful  people who were all incharge of our lives during the trip(s)..’Heroes in uniforms’… 

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Note to the lovely people in the pictures  — Hello Captain, this is your photographer speaking haha, don’t forget to claim the High Resolution Images by mailing me on info@marcussam.com or poking me on my page – http://www.facebook.com/MarcusSam or facebook profile – http://www.facebook.com/soumyo.banerjee . [If I have not already given u my card offcourse.. =) ]

Disclaimer – Well its a shame that I might have confused a few of their names in a few places.Well the bright side is if they want to stay anonymous, then its great haha.

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Introducing Zomset

Actually he’s already debuted on the World Music Day this year but I thought he needed a more formal introduction..

So here’s Zomset ie Zombie+Cassette = Zomset…

He’s dead, he’s lonely and he wants his owners to love him again…But he’s cute, adorable and isn’t looking for brains…He’s looking for ears instead..lol 

The Zomset Concept is similar to the popular photographic meme Danbo except, Danbo was never living..Zomset was a full functioning  Cassette once that u played and played and played again and again till your ears melted..lol

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His concept, make and everything else is copyrighted exclusively to me (Marcus Sam)… More images from Zomset’s day t day life will follow in time..

I hope u have already seen this image of Zomset on World Music Day..

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Here’s Zomset offering you a flower….

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Concept copyright Marcus Sam


Olympics for Facebook

So today i thought why not have special LONDON OLYMPICS themed timeline pictures for facebook…Supporting your country, my country, our countries…If u cant cheer for them, at the stadium, u can cheer for them online…

I have made it for 18 countries that get me some traffic (on my facebook page), if more people from more countries ask me, i shall oblige for their country too…

Here is a sample of how the pics are..

U can download the images directly and more conveniently from the facebook link below..U dont need to have a Facebook account as such, u can simply download.. bt what will u do downloading if u dont have a facebook account or a timeline, is another question altogether…

 

 

Link to the Facebook Album/DOWNLOAD LINK :  PLEASE CLICK HERE


Happy Ramadan

Did u know a few interesting facts about Ramadan ?

☪ Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. The Month of Ramadan is also when it is believed the Holy Quran “was sent down from heaven, a guidance unto men, a declaration of direction, and a means of Salvation”

☪ It is during this month that Muslims fast. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month.

☪ Ramadan is a time when Muslims concentrate on their faith and spend less time on the concerns of their everyday lives. It is a time of worship and contemplation..

☪ During the Fast of Ramadan strict restraints are placed on the daily lives of Muslims. They are not allowed to eat or drink during the daylight hours. Smoking and sexual relations are also forbidden during fasting. At the end of the day the fast is broken with prayer and a meal called the iftar. In the evening following the iftar it is customary for Muslims to go out visiting family and friends. The fast is resumed the next morning..

☪ The good that is acquired through the fast can be destroyed by five things

1) The telling of a lie
2) Slander
3) Denouncing someone behind his back
4) A false Oath
5) Greed

☪ On the evening of the 27th day of the month, Muslims celebrate the Laylat-al-Qadr (the Night of Power). It is believed that on this night Muhammad first received the revelation of the Holy Quran. And according to the Quran, this is when God determines the course of the world for the following year..

☪ When the fast ends (the first day of the month of Shawwal) it is celebrated for three days in a holiday called Id-al-Fitr (the Feast of Fast Breaking). Gifts are exchanged. Friends and family gather to pray in congregation and for large meals. In some cities fairs are held to celebrate the end of the Fast of Ramadan..

☪ Benefits from Ramadan

1. It strengthens one’s ties with Allah and trains the soul to observe duties of devotion in accordance with the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).

2. It enforces patience and determination in the Muslim individual.

3. It promotes the principle of sincerity by keeping the Muslim away from arrogance and showing off, since it is an act between the individual and his Creator.

4. It promotes good character, particularly truthfulness and trust-worthiness.

5. It encourages the Muslim to do away with bad habits and change his/her circumstances for the better.

6. It enhances generosity, hospitality, and spending on charitable causes.

7. It reinforces feelings of unity and brotherhood among Muslims.

8. It instills orderliness and close observance of the value of time.

9. It serves as an opportunity for children to perform acts of obedience and to practice Islamic acts of worship.

10. It offers a chance to balance one’s attention to both physical and spiritual needs.