This Roof Inspired Madonna's Conical Bra

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

Artist's Description

I can’t actually say with any certainty that Jean-Paul Gaultier actually set eyes on this building from the era of the British Raj, but surely you see the connection between the architecture and the famous “outerwear” bra that he designed for Madonna back in the Nineties.

The distinctive roof, set against a clear blue winter sky on a cold December morning in Dehradun, northern India, adorns the famous Chetwode Hall, which is the central focus of the Indian Military Academy.

The hall is named after Field Marshal Sir Philip Chetwode, 1st Baron Chetwode, who served as Commander-in-Chief of India and who inaugurated the building as well as the Academy.

The Chetwode Motto, which has helped shape the career of every officer graduate, is derived from his inaugural address. The message was simple, succinct and inspirational: “The safety, honour and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honour, welfare and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort and safety come last, always and every time.”

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F6.7, 1/1000 sec, ISO 200, focal length 38mm.

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