Ganges River

Zehra Sönmez

Zehra Sönmez

Zehra Sönmez

Zehra Sönmez

She was born in Aksaray in 1983. She graduated from the Department of Architecture in 2006 and the Department of Photography and Camerawork in 2014. She completed her master's degree in Business Administration in 2016. She received basic photography training at Bursa Photography Art Association in 2009. She is the founder and manager of Bursa Chamber of Architects Photography Club (BUMOF) since 2010. In the 2017-2018 academic year at Bursa Technical University, she taught Architectural Photography (Photography for Architecture) at the Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. She was a jury member in national and international photography competitions organized by Bursa Chamber of Architects and Yıldırım Municipality. She took part in group exhibitions in Turkey. She continues her photography works on travel and architectural photography.

It is believed that Ganges River is the incarnation of the Goddess Gaga, the daughter of the Mountain God Himalaya in Hinduism beliefs,. For this reason, the river is considered "blessed" among believers. The Ganges seeping from the banks of Varanaside in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India; reflects its soul to geography, people, belief, architecture, urbanization, trade and tourism. With the traditions, culture and rituals brought by this holines, the Ganges River and the 3,000-year-old Varanasi City attract people from all over the world like a magnet.
Life in ganges starts in the first hours of the morning, before sunrise, rhythm is color!
And it continues into the late hours of the night. In the same period of time, everything and everyone completes each other like a cog wheel. I want to share photos of the Ganges River, which makes up this fairy tale open-air museum,
Ganges passes through Varanasi with a holy belief;
People build a coast in time,
Gives life to architecture, ghats (steps),
On the other shore is untouched architecture,
The Ganges is a place for each animal;
It dwells among the fish, on the birds, on the shores of others,
In the Ganges, some are boatmen of all ages;
Carries the sandalwood trees for cremation,
sells flowers and candles,
cuts hair,
Ganges is a laundry room;
Hotel linens are washed, people wash their clothes in holy water;
Ganges is the area where the garbage of the narrow streets is swept, it is the toilet,
Ganges is purification, purification prayed, bathed, swimming,
The Ganges is where the dead are thrown, cremated and ashes thrown,
Ganges is disappearing into the horizon where sunrise and sunset are watched,
Ganges is a stratified museum,
Ganges is hope,
Ganges is holiness,
Ganges is waiting.

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