Nov 012015
 

I have been taking my camera into work. I spend so much time there, it is easier to sneak in a 10 minute window to practise than planning a photowalk or other such activities – that are usually swamped by work expanding to take up all time.

And, it is not work’s fault. Other people manage a life. It is mine – i never managed to build those water tight compartments between work and otherthings, and i am too old to change.

I did shoot some in colour. And they are in the flickr site. Some I shot black and white, and some i turned into black and white.

Traffic - bw

This is a seriously funny angle – i think i was half hanging out of the balcony … This is NM joshi marg leading to the office. The energy seems more real in the black and white.

Dusk approaches - mumbai bw

I simply find this scene awesome. It is like someone planted vertical building seeds a few decades ago, and they are all sprouting up to different levels of Tall buildings.  In the evening, when the lights turn on, it looks out of the world. During the day, when it competes with dust and heat bouncing off the roads – it looks like a post nuclear holocaust space.

Tall

And, this is much later at night.  I can actually see a bat signal going off ..

The Night skyline bw

None of this is with the new lens. They had been shot some time ago. I have just about find time to sort them out and put them up.

 

Oct 312015
 

I finally succumbed :

 

Tokina

Tokina 11-16

 

 

I have been coveting an ultra wide for long. After sporadic research – i finally zeroed in on the Tokina 11-16.

What do you use an ultrawide for – usually you use it to make a very emphatic statement. It is not for shooting doggie pics (though you can do that too, if you don’t mind getting your lens so close to a slobbering mutt). What it does is make nearer objects seem nearer, and further off objects seem further away.  It usually helps compose and capture scenes that can punch through the clutter.

Word of caution – just because you have an ultrawide doesn’t automatically mean pictures that catch the eye – it simply means you have the tool to practice to get it right. (which is what i am going to do).

There are some great photographs in this flickr group, shot with the 11-16.

Oct 302015
 
Twitter

Twitter

As though interaction on twitter wasn’t reductionist enough (although, immensely enjoyable & addictive) – they have introduced a binary poll. Yes or no. It is great fun, terribly addictive and requires even lesser interaction. I am expecting polls to take the form of – should I have chappati for breakfast or should I have toast. Should i wear pink nail polish or should it be green. Should i have cream on the top, or fat free coffee. Does this dress look better on me, or does this top ? Random, everyday decisions where others jam in to help, otherwise mundane decisions. It could also help for finding preferences – do you prefer Modi or Gandhi ? Do you prefer family drama or murder mysteries.

 

 

I asked this, of my TL on twitter

And the answer was more surprising than i believed. More people on my TL felt that political content was interesting than not. My experience looking at traffic trends tells me, that yes people are interested in political content, but more are interested in entertainment content. On any given day, a piece on Bigg Boss 9 will do better than a piece of political content -unless it is some politician shooting his (and, usually it is his) mouth off, and trying to create a media stir.

The sample size, of course, is low. And, rather uniform – users of twitter. English speaking. Following my posts. Possibly with a higher degree of ‘news’ consumption than those who follow a film handle or use twitter for mere interaction.

Other users of twitter weren’t so boring (as my poll makes me) – Here is @shubhashish with a classic take on a old question

 

:)

Oct 292015
 

Last week, i can’t remember who asked this question on twitter, whether the rich are better looking than the poor. I may have got the exact wording wrong, but that was the gist.

I have been travelling the length and breadth of India for the better part of the last 15 years, and pictures might speak better than words.

These were mostly shot in villages, streets, and poorer areas of the country and adjoining areas

sales woman

She was a seller at Kala Ghoda arts festival, (2007)

She Sells Sea Shells at the Sea Shore.

I think, she sold shells near one of the beaches in TN (2006)

lamani-woman7

She is a Lahman woman, i was shooting with their tribe in 2005

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These are women in a remote village in Himachal Pradesh, whose village got connected by a road for the first time in 2009

The Woman Who Lived Life

And she sold tea, in a little tapri in Nepal. I was shooting there in 2008.

Are the rich more beautiful, i don’t know. Are the poor less beautiful, i don’t know.

But, are these women full of life, vitality and beauty – yes.