Take a closer look at the background and history of the Ganesha T-Shirt from Falcon Heights Clothing. Meanings, interpetations, facts and details.
The T-shirt features a black and white photograph of an elephant in profile, taken on Thursday, March 8, 2012 in South Africa. ISO set to 200, aperture set at F10, shutter speed is 1/200 using a 5D MarkII camera. The lens used is a standard 24-105 mm F4. The following is a description of the events taking place on this day.
A group consisting of people from Denmark, England, Norway and USA are on a road trip together in South Africa, visiting the Addo Elephant Park. The air is still and it is terribly warm on this Thursday in March. All the animals go to the watering holes, creating a great variation of animal life to observe. After making considerations, it is decided to leave before darkness settles in. The park is big, and having cruised around randomly for an extended time, the route out can no longer be found. Arriving at a crossroad and then spending a few minutes wondering what direction to choose, a gigantic elephant is suddenly spotted. It's an adult African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), standing almost completely still at the other side of the crossroad.
The car is carefully brought forward, placing them beside the elephant standing on the other side of the road. Overwhelmed and curious, now located face to face with an enormous animal radiating strength and wisdom.
All seated in a tiny Indian car, the elephant is probably twice the size of the vehicle. The African Forest Elephant can grow to 8 ft tall and weigh up to 6 metric tons. The car window is opened, and the short distance between the group and the animal beomes obvious. Hustling to bring out the camera, the photographer rests the lens on the frame of the open window.
After getting to snap a few shots of the elephant, it starts kicking its feet to the ground, and it is quickly decided not to challenge this huge animal. Backing up quietly, they start driving in the other direction, eventually making it out of the park. It is agreed upon by all that this was the most intense experience they had been given so far in Africa. The magick of looking into the eyes of such a special being is a unique privilege. Still drowning in those large eyes, thinking back.
The elephant is seen to symbolize several different meanings in an array of religious traditions and in mythology. In some instances being considered a deity. Such as Ganesha in the Hindu pantheon, seen widely as to represent the remover of obstacles. Considered the God of beginnings, it makes sense that Ganesha is often given honors at the start of ceremonies and rituals. A perfect choice to go along with a new path.
The Ganesha T-shirt is available in black and white. The inks used are water based and eco-friendly (CPSIA compliant).