Thousands of photographs. Hundreds of miles. Tens of days. All on the road.

For photography. For passion. For a dream. And what a beautiful journey it has been. A journey within. Each photograph of mine, good and bad, allowed me to reflect. On why I created that particular photograph. On what I felt when I was there. On life.

Many lessons. Most happy, others not so. But all important. Indelible. Each a milestone along a beautiful path. Never easy. Always beautiful. The road less traveled. That path.

I wanted my last post this year to be short. And have just one photograph. To epitomize all that I learnt. To tell me what I need to do. Here it is. The saint and the sinner.

It tells me life isn’t easy. It tells me the power of prayer. It expresses hope. Courage. And faith. In something. Someone. Larger than us. Much more powerful. It says much to me. Perhaps it might to you. Only if you feel. Who is the saint? Who is the sinner? Who created these distinctions? Is there any difference between them and me?

None. There are no boundaries. No lines. I am the saint. I am the sinner. I am all that there is. I am you. And you are me.

I believe this. Because I feel what you feel. What they feel. Just the same way. That is all that I need to remember. To never lose the ability to feel. Only then can I love.

God bless all of you. This is to 2013.

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  1. Heidger Marx December 31, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    What a beautiful post to end this year, Debesh!
    What a beautiful way to look at oneness and the divinity in all of us! Thank you and Happy New Year! heidger

  2. Greg Buck December 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Well done Debesh on your beautiful contribution to photography, your country and culture.

    You must be proud and very optimistic for the future of your country.

    Keep up the fine work and I certainly look forward to much more of your stunning work.

    Happy New Year for 2013.

    Greg Buck
    Perth, Western Australia

  3. letizia December 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Beautiful always :)

  4. Roy December 31, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Little pauses each day, makes up the album of memories.
    Albums that we’d flip through in our greying days and hold a smile upon our lips.
    Happy 2013 everybody.

  5. Robert Murray December 31, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Blessings to you Debesh. I look forward to more wonderful words and photographs from you in 2013.
    Happy New Year.

  6. Michael December 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Beautiful… both the photograph and the sentiment. Best wishes for a great 2013 D.

  7. Anu December 31, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is apt here. Your picture says it all.
    And yes, we are all sinners and we are all saints, for we are not perfect – we are humans, and hopefully 2013 will bring in a mind set in people to make this world a much better, safer, happier and a peaceful place.
    My best wishes to you, in all and any paths that you may chose to walk in life, in 2013 and beyond, – be it photography, writing, or any other path…..

  8. Pierre Turyan December 31, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Once again it’s wonderful to read your musing Debesh and a Great thank you for finishing the year with this. My best wishes to you for the New Year and I’ll be looking forward to reading you .
    All the best

  9. Emily Mabee December 31, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Thank you Debesh for your beautiful and moving words and photography. This one sums it up. Yes, we are all one.
    A blessed 2013 to you.

  10. Mauverneen December 31, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Great choice Debesh. I wish the entire world could erase the lines and realize we ARE all one. Best wishes for the coming year!

  11. Nancy de Flon January 1, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    The ambiguity of this photo–who is saint and who is sinner?–is striking. As Martin Luther said, we are each of us “simul justus et peccator”–saint and sinner at the same time. Debesh, it has been a blessing to become acquainted with your work (both visual and verbal) during 2012. I look forward to seeing much more of it.

  12. Susan Aurinko January 5, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    One wonders which if them is praying for the other…

  13. Sandra Gibeault January 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm #

    Oscar Wilde comes to mind… “The only difference between saints and sinners is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.”
    Wishing you a wonderful and prosperous 2013!

  14. sonika January 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    i am always amazed by your interpretation of a scene…really….and this image is no different….

    this is just the beginning of the road for you….here’s to ….a smashingly gorgeous journey up ahead….may each curve and bend , find you …still passionate and spirited….raring to go….feel…..create….

  15. Debesh January 20, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    So much for New Year resolutions…I had resolved to reply to comments immediately, but well this is what has happened and I offer no excuses. I hope the New Year is getting along brilliantly for everyone. It has been a great 2012 for me – especially having met such wonderful folks as you. Serendipity, I suppose, but then there are no coincidences in life…

    Thank you so much Heidger – it has been so wonderful having “met” you, and also having connected on Facebook. Now at least we are, and can be, in touch more often than before.

    Greg: Sir, you always have this uncanny knack of embarrassing me with such profound compliments. I am grateful to you for your indulgence and I wish Marg and you well always. I hope we manage to meet in 2013.

    Dear Letizia,

    Thank you so much. I appreciate your friendship really.

    Roy my friend, we go back many years and despite the time that has passed us by, I still feel that nothing really has changed. It is always lovely to hear from you. May God be with you.

    Thank you so much Robert for your lovely words. May the Force be with you in 2013. I wish you the very best.

    Dear Michael,

    I know 2012 was tough on, and for, you. This, my friend, is a test of time. Believe that from that – I say this with whatever little experience I have. And from what I know of you, you will be a winner always. Keep the faith.

    Thank you so much Michael. All the very best.

    Dear Anu,

    Thanks a lot for writing in. I appreciate it. I also do hope your wishes for 2013 to be a better, safer, happier and a peaceful place do come true.

    All the best wishes to you and your children.

    Thank you so much Pierre for your lovely words of encouragement. I wish you and your family the best for 2013, and look forward to being in touch.

    Emily, many thanks for being in touch right through this year. I am grateful that we met. All the best.

    Dear Mauverneen,

    Yes indeed, we are all one. I look forward to being in touch with you and it makes me really happy when you write in with your thoughts.

    How beautifully you have summed up the import of the blog in Martin Luther’s words Nancy! I cannot thank you enough for sharing your thoughts. Quite the contrary, I am blessed having met you and all my other wonderful friends here. You make my life more meaningful.

    Susan, you say the most wonderful things – always! Thank you for being you.

    Sandy, again I must thank you for sharing your thoughts which so completely resonate with mine. I am glad we met and I wish you a wonderful 2013 once again. God bless.

    Sonika, never will I have words enough to equal yours even remotely. I wish for you the passion to continue doing what you’ve started brilliantly – which is to photograph. I wish for you the courage to say the truth through your photographs, and beyond everything I wish for you to know that photography is from the heart and soul, not from the eyes. May God be with you.

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