Night

Moving around cities at night brings a calmness that is often rarely found at any other time. As Anne Brontë puts it in her poem, Night: “I love the silent hour of night, For blissful dreams may then arise, Revealing to my charmed sight What may not bless my waking eyes.” This scene captured here was…

Of light and shade

I finally got around to editing some more photographs this weekend, so here they are — photographs from Penang, Malaysia! I simply loved seeing the sun light up the pristine mostly-white facades of so many buildings, and was constantly amazed by how it made even the most mundane of street elements look beautiful.    …

Clan jetties of Penang

Thanks to a recent long weekend, my latest dose of wanderlust took me across the waters to Penang, Malaysia. Declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 along with Melacca, the city boasts a wonderful mix of colonial, Malay, Chinese, and Indian architecture. So much so that walking down one street, I felt as if I…

Flatscapes

Louis Pasteur once said, “In the fields of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind”. This applies for photography as well, especially street photography, as it driven by the ability of a photographer to observe his/her surroundings, and find ways to transform the ordinary and the mundane into something extraordinary. Photographer Elliot Erwitt summed it up beautifully when he said,…

Solitary

Will no one tell me what she sings?— Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow For old, unhappy, far-off things, And battles long ago: Or is it some more humble lay, Familiar matter of to-day? Some natural sorrow, loss, or pain, That has been, and may be again? – Excerpt from the poem, The Solitary Reaper, by…

One wall, many lives.

Was feeling a bit meh (maybe because it is Monday?), browsing through my hard disk when I found this photo from last year. I had clicked this as I was passing by in a bus, in Guangzhou. It seemed poetic that each window was identical architecturally, but the view from each and the reflections they…

A still life.

Have you ever visited a place that seemed so melancholic? Not the damp, marshy landscapes that are so often associated with the word, but more a place that was once important, but now slowing fading away, except for the occasional tourist who might pass through? And just when you had made up your mind that…

Rhythm and motion

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to attend the Panguni annual festival being held at the Kabaleeshwar temple in Mylapore, Chennai from the 13th – 24th of this month. Today was the famed ‘Therottam’ where ornate chariots carrying different deities go around the temple. Suffice to say, it was a long affair, starting at 7.15 am in…

Longing for Gravity

“You are on a mission to Mars. Because of the length of of the journey, you will never be able to return to Earth. What about our blue planet will you miss the most?”. So went the question on today’s Daily Prompt. That is a pretty easy one to answer. I will miss our crazy cities…

Time

Nothing reflects time and change like old places adapting for the new world. While walking through such places, I do love to capture a bit of the old and the new in one frame – beautiful in their contrast, yet coming together to form one picture. So here are 3 photographs on this theme from 3 different places. Enjoy! Busting center…

Constancy in a time of change

  Every once in a while, you leave work but somehow work doesn’t leave your thoughts. So you absentmindedly churn out to-do lists for the coming days, mechanically taking one step after another, switching buses and trains, walking by with the crowd, a little afraid of being overwhelmed in case you decide to pause and take a…

Transition

Where there is an ‘inside’, there has to be an ‘outside’. Life unfolds at the threshold between the two. Created in response for The Daily Post’s Photo Challenge: Transition

Reflecting on the power of place.

Thank you, for bringing fantasies to life. Today Nek Chand, creator of the iconoc Rock Garden of Chandigarh, passed away. Here is a blog post that I wrote up in the early days of 2013 on my impressions of the place: This blog post is about a place that actually taught me the following things about ‘beyond’…

Ephemeral

  There is a moment in time, filled with fleeting happiness (or sadness), here or there, when you are young or old, that makes you realise nothing lasts for ever — all things are ephemeral. (For the weekly photo challenge)  

A world-in-between

Light below, lies a man-made world of fantasy. Darkness above, whose reality competes with the world below. The stars flicker and the moon stays hidden, their light too feeble to match those on earth. As I sit dreaming, a whisper in my ear wakes me, the wind that brought me to this paradise — a paradise…

Intelligent life. Really?

This is what the question was: “The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?” And there was me almost falling off my chair, with my hand in the air, mouthing “I…

On the move: Wanderings and a city

Wandering takes you places. Wandering takes you to streets Wanderings reminds you of childhood. Wandering make you think of priorities in this world Wandering lets you meet people; some inviting, some guarded, others too engrossed in their lives to notice you pass by, It also makes you aware of time, Wanderings makes for stories. Of being. Of curiosity.…

Drums, dancing feet & paint!

I had the opportunity of witnessing a live-painting session a couple of weeks back at the Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai, held as part of the South Indian Art Show.  Meant to explore the link between inspiration, painting, dance & music, it featured established artists from the city painting during a Thapattam performance (a folk dance form…

Heritage: In use

World Heritage Day passed by on April 18 and I realized it only today (Thanks to UDC for the heads up)!  Brings back into focus some hotly debated questions: What is heritage? What is history? History versus development? Questions that are too big to answer maybe, but need to be asked now nonetheless. What makes a house a…