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Shani – शनि
Sanskrit शनि lit. “the seventh day (Saturday)”

Shani is embodied in the planet Saturn and is the Lord of Saturday. Shani is also known as Śanaiścara शनैश्चर.

It is said that when Shani opened his eyes as a baby for the very first time, the sun went into an eclipse, which clearly denotes the impact of Shani on astrological charts. He is depicted dark in
colour, clothed in black; holding a sword, arrows and two daggers and mounted on a crow,
which is Shani’svāhana.

Main Associations that could be manipulated into video / photographs to represent Shani:

  •  Eclipse
  • Dark Colours
  • Sharp
  • Slow Moving

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Shukra – शुक्र
Sanskrit शुक्र lit. “clear, pure”

He is of white complexion, middle-aged and of agreeable countenance. He is described variously as mounted on a camel, horse or crocodile. He holds a stick, beads and a lotus and sometimes a bow and arrow. He presides over Shukravar or Friday.

Main Associations that could be manipulated into video / photographs to represent Shukra:

 

  • Clear
  • Pure
  • White
  • Bright
  • Overexposed

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Bṛhaspati -बृहस्पति
Sanskrit बृहस्पति. “lord of prayer or devotion”

He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief ‘offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods’. He is also known as Ganapati (leader of the group [of planets, and Guru (teacher), the god of wisdom and eloquence, to whom various works are ascribed.He is described of yellow or golden colour and holding the following divine attributes: a stick, a lotus and beads.
He presides over ‘Guru-var’ or Thursday.

Main Associations that could be manipulated into video / photographs to represent Brhaspati:

 

  • ‘Beyond the Clouds’
  • Vibration
  • Light
  • Radiation
  • Bright

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Budha – बुध
Sanskrit बुध. “seizing, laying hold of, holding”

Budha is the name for the planet Mercury and son of Chandra (the moon God).
He is represented as being mild, eloquent, and having a greenish complexion.
He is represented holding a scimitar, a club and a shield, riding a winged lion in
Ramghur temple. In other illustrations, he holds a sceptre and lotus and rides a
carpet or an eagle or a chariot drawn by lions.

Main Associations that could be manipulated into video / photographs to represent Budha:

  • Macro
  • Movement
  • Skin
  • ‘The Written Word’
  • Text

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मंगल, Maṅgala

Sanskrit मंगल . “one who is red in colour”

In Jyotish astrology, Mangala (Devanagari: मंगल, Maṅgala) is the name for Mars, the red planet.
He is the god of war and is celibate. He is considered the son of Prithvi, the Earth Goddess.
He is the owner of the Aries and Scorpio signs, and a teacher of the occult sciences
(Ruchaka Mahapurusha Yoga).

Main Associations that could be manipulated into video / photographs to represent Mangala:

  •  Anger
  • Fire
  • Movement
  • Passion
  • Colour

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Chandra – चंद्र
Sanskrit चन्द्र lit. “shining”

He is described as young, beautiful, fair; two-armed and having in his hands a club and a lotus.
He rides his chariot across the sky every night, pulled by ten white horses or an antelope.
Although the Chandra is the animal most commonly depicted with Him in iconography, the rabbit is also particularly sacred to him and all rabbits are under his protection.
He is connected with dew and as such, is one of the gods of fertility.

Main Associations that could be manipulated into video / photographs to represent Chandra:

 

  • Plants
  • Water
  • Intense Light
  • ‘The Bright Drop’
  • Fragile Leaves

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Until this point, I have been focused upon the scientific production and reception of colour. It was when I came across a Thai colour theory, based upon an influence of Hindu mythology that I decided to explore both subjects throughout one set of images. To do so, took close up shots (to maintain a microscopic …

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