From ~~~ Saranagathi eNewsletter June 2013
Photographer Mr. G.G. Welling :
The Welling Busts are the most revered
of all photographic images of Sri Bhagavan.
Amazingly the author of these photos, G.G. Welling,
came only one time to Tiruvannamalai (in 1946)
for a duration of three days.
When he was readying to take Bhagavan’s photo,
Bhagavan asked if there was sufficient light:
“Bhagavan, you are the light!”, Mr. Welling said.
Later, the photographer presented Bhagavan
with a photo album containing the portraits of
Bhagavan, Chinnaswami and their sister, Alamelu,
as well as the images of the Big Temple and the Hill.
Descended from a line of photographers
going back to the 1850s when his grandfather,
Srinivas Mahadeo Welling, took up professional photography,
G.G. Welling made great use
of the experience inherited from his ancestors,
winning awards as a portraitist.
(which would come as no surprise to devotees of Bhagavan).
His photos regularly featured in
The Royal Photographic Society Journal and by 1945,
when he founded the Mysore Photographic Society,
he was well-established as a photographer.
When his family was asked
what model camera he used for the Welling Busts,
it was learned that the apparatus was his own creation,
a ‘box camera’, made by Mr. Welling himself.
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