a j a n i photography: The Forbidden City

China's Forbidden City is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places that I have ever visited and I hope to explore it again in the near future.

Located in the centre of Beijing and quite accessible by public transportation, the Forbidden City now houses the Palace Museum and served as home to Chinese emperors and their households for about 500 years.

When I first visited the city almost three years ago, I did my best to detach myself from my preconceived notions of its scale and appearance.

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Short Film: “Jetman Dubai: Young Feathers 4K" By XDubai

A professional pilot, Yves Rossy sought to move out of the cockpit in the continuous pursuit of flight through innovation and ingenuity to achieve mankind’s dream of engine-powered flight for humans.

Drawn initially to the world of free fall, he experimented with ways to increase his flight time and enhance his ability to select his trajectory, which introduced him to sky surfing and wing suit base jumping.

Still not satisfied, he developed his first real wing comprised of a rigid harness integrated into inflatable wing panels that he strapped to his back. The next step was towards maintaining and gaining altitude by improving efficiency with a rigid wing and adding propulsion. And thus, Jetman was born.

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Short Film: "Retrowave" By Florian Renner

Germany's Florian Renner directed an animated a cool 80s-inspired short animation entitled "Retrowave".

The project basically combines the worlds of "Back To The Future" and "Tron" by turning a DeLorean into a Light Cycle on The Grid (as per the fictional world of "Tron").

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a j a n i photography: The Atomium

I first photographed the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium at the age of 15 using film and my first SLR camera -- the Canon EOS Elan II. With that said, I have been meaning to post my pictures of the structure online since the early 2000s.

I have traveled all over Belgium (and Western Europe), I miss Belgian culture  quite a bit and I hope to visit Brussels and the rest of the country again soon.

To this day, the Atomium is still one of the most unique structures that I have photographed and it was first constructed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair.

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a j a n i photography: The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple is quite easily one of the coolest, most beautiful and most intricately built structures that I have been to in North America.

The temple doesn't look or feel like anything else in Toronto, it's truly a hidden gem and stepping onto the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir property made me feel as if I was in India for a couple of hours (albeit a cold part of India).

What struck me the most was the high level of craftsmanship within each part of the temple and the fact that the structure's exterior was no more or less detailed than its interior.

Furthermore, I found the temple's prayer area to be incredibly calming and sacred (due to its design and lighting).

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a j a n i photography: Reflective Arrangement

"Reflective Arrangement" is a series that I had a lot of fun shooting and there were many reasons behind the fact that I experienced high volumes of flow and positive energy while producing it.

Firstly, the project's process represented one of the most important aspects of my life and career: that enriching, genuine, empathic and reciprocating human interactions and relationships are paramount to one's success and must form the basis of each project (preferably before the technical details have been ironed out).

With that said, one of my many advantages as a photographer is my ability to put my subjects at ease by simply being myself, by accepting my subjects' stories and paradigms with open-mindedness and by sharing my stories and paradigms from the heart.

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Video: "Aerobatic Helicopter Tricks With Chuck Aaron" By Red Bull


Chuck Aaron defies physics as he takes to the skies in the Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter.

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Video: "Kids React To Walkmans" By The Fine Bros


Technology evolves rapidly and the fact that the Walkman became obsolete in a relatively short amount of time is a true testament to technology's nature.

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Video: "Tetris Played On The Side Of A Building" By Sky News


Drexel University professor Frank Lee took over the side of the 29-story Cira Centre in Philadelphia last year to play a gigantic game of Pong, setting the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Architectural Video Game Display.” Two nights ago, he doubled the record with a massive game of Tetris.

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Interview: Chris Hadfield By Peter Mansbridge For The National


Peter Mansbridge recently sat down with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield to talk about life, the universe and the search for extraterrestrial life.

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