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06 Dec

Sex, Worship and Architecture – Khajuraho, India

In Architecture,Exteriors,Photography,Travel by cgonsalv / December 6, 2015 / 1 Comment

The Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD. The temples represent two different religions – Jainism and Hinduism. The temples became defunct once the region was controled by Muslim dynasties from the 13th to the 18th century. During this time vegetation and the forests took over the temples.

The temples were rediscovered in the 1830s when locals guided a British surveyor to the temples.

High recommend getting a good guide when visiting this site to explain the significance of the different carvings on the wall which represent everyday life of the time when the temples were constructed.

As an Indian born Canadian who left India in my teens I found the sexual norms of the day which were far more liberal than what it is now quite fascinating. I was familiar with the Kamasutra but I didn’t expect it’s contents carved on a place of worship.

I left this place wondering what India would be like if it hadn’t been taken over by puritanism.

Enjoy the images. For best viewing click on the image to enlarge.


Khajuraho Temples-Madhya Pradesh-India-Colin Gonsalves-14

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09 Dec

The Art Institute of Chicago’s beautiful Morton staircase

In Architecture,Chicago Architecture,IL,Interiors,Photography by cgonsalv / December 9, 2014 / 1 Comment

The Morton staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago has always held a fascination for me from the first time I laid my eyes on it.


Morton Staricase, Art Institute of Chicago

Morton Staricase, Art Institute of Chicago


FYI – Illinois residents can visit the Art Institute of Chicago for free on Thursdays from 5-8pm.  Go to the Art Institute of Chicago website.

28 Oct

Fall color views from Moser Tower (Millennium Carillon) on the Naperville Riverwalk

In Exteriors,Naperville,Photography by cgonsalv / October 28, 2014 / 0 Comments

I finally made it up Moser Tower after living in Naperville for almost a decade.  I’m also working on a couple of Naperville related photo projects

  1. Naperville Riverwalk
  2. Aerial views of Naperville

If you would like to to updated about them,  follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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View From Moser Tower, Naperville

View From Moser Tower, Naperville

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24 Oct

Visiting the IA Interior Architects Chicago Office in the Monroe Building – #OHC2014

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the IA Interior Architects’ Chicago office on Michigan Avenue. The views from this office were quite spectacular!

View of Millennium Park from Interior Architects

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19 Jun

Photographing the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple – Bartlett, IL

BAPS Temple, Bartlett


The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Temple(Mandir) in Bartlett, IL is a Hindu temple located about 50 minutes west of Chicago.

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03 Jun

Photographing Chicago Architecture

In Architecture,Educational,IL,Photography by cgonsalv / June 3, 2013 / 2 Comments
Chicago Skyline

View of Chicago Skyline from the Adler Planetarium

This Summer (2013) I decided to play tourist in my own backyard and really explore what Chicago has to offer architecturally. So in the next few months I plan on photographing notable architectural locations in Chicago. I will be sharing my experiences, providing time-saving tips for best views and things to look for at each location.

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13 May

Does professional photography for real estate listings really matter ?

In Educational,Photography,Real Estate by cgonsalv / May 13, 2013 / 1 Comment

Living Room Comparison

Many high-end home sellers and renters spend a significant amount of money on remodeling and staging their property before putting it up for sale or rent to attract potential home buyers / renters and to get the highest price possible.  However, a significant percentage of properties do not reach their full selling potential due to lack luster photos taken by non-professionals.

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