Ever since man raised his head and looked at the sky, I guess he has been consumed by the desire to go out and reach it. With changing colours and accessories, it is impossible not to be fascinated by it. And so came the tall buildings and the towers and the spires- all aspiring to reach out to something that always looked tantalisingly out of reach.
Man may have conquered the skies in a way today with aircrafts and spaceships. He no longer has to be content just looking up at the sky and the clouds- he can look to them as equals whilst flying. But the desire to reach out to the sky from the ground never vanishes.
During my recent visit to Singapore I managed to capture this impressive shot of the Arts and Science Museum at Marina Bay. Standing below it, a person got the sense of a massive structure looming above them rising out from the water and growing towards the sky.
But I somehow had a sense of deja vu. It is only when I was casually rifling through my digital photos the other day that I came across this photograph from Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. Jantar Mantar was an old astronomical observatory built in the 18th century by Maharaja Jai Singh II. In both a functional and aesthetic sense this structure gives you the feeling of surging forth to the skies.