B. 1993. Ashley Bourne is a British photographer currently based in London. During his College education Ashley was Selected by Magnum photographer Mark Power as the winner of his Black Country Stories competition and was awarded honorary membership to The Royal Photographic Society. After graduating from a Bachelor of Arts degree at Falmouth University late last year, he was labelled amongst 2016’s best photography graduates by the British Journal Of Photography and his work has since been featured in places such as The Guardian, CNN Photos and Fisheye Magazine.
The Delights Of Paradise
Each November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon, the holy town of Pushkar, Rajasthan hosts what is now one of India’s last great Melas. The Pushkar fair, known locally as the ‘Pushkar Ka Mela’ sees thousands of Hindu pilgrims gather in the desert town for a five day live stock fair and celebration of the Lord Brahma, who here performed a sacrifice known as Yajna.
As one of the five sacred pilgrimage sites for devout Hindus, it is believed that by bathing in Pushkar’s holy waters, even the greatest of sinners can earn The Delights Of Paradise.
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