Tuesday, October 25, 2005
'If someone is determined not to risk pain, then such a person must do without many things: having children, getting married, the ecstacy of sex, the hope of ambition, friendship -- all that makes life alive, meaningful, and significant.'
--M. Scott Peck in 'The Road Less Travelled'
I simply liked this quote. I realised that there is no such thing as an inherently painless life. We can only learn to live happily inspite of everything. If anyone asks if there is a secret to true happiness, I would say that this is one of them
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Thursday, October 20, 2005
A zillion photons bombard your eyes with various hues, from the neon lights flashing on and off. They jostle for eye space filling your brain with a dozens of brand names before you can blink! No, you aren't in Hongkong, you're in Namma Bengaluru, Commercial Street!
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Believing that a photograph should be untampered with and presented as it is, I had considered that anything else was as good as fraud. Fraud against truth and all that is real. This I feel was due to the image (pun unintended) photography has acquired, that it is meant to show things as they are...
But then I realised that this is the case only when we are talking about photography whose objective is to portray the truth as in documentary and journalistic photography.
It is now my belief that if you are dealing with photography as an art form, the objective of the artist is to convey a message/emotion to the viewer. This makes a photograph just the 'raw material' that the artist uses to convey his/her message/emotion. So, you might say that the act of taking the photograph is a mere beginning of the journey that the image will take to finally convey the artist's thought. For after all an artist is only trying to convey what is on his/her mind, the means that the medium he uses is nothing more than just that.
Another issue that comes to mind is digital tools used to modify images. If you think that just because things happen at a mouse-click and hence anyone who uses them can only produce kitsch, think again! To use a digital tool to produce something that is tasteful and aesthically appealing, requires a certain sense, without which we might end up making, well, kitsch!
Next time somebody looks at an image and says, "So you manipulated it?", with a facial expression that seems to say, "So, you took dope to win the gold medal?", I will simply tell that person to read this post!
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Notice the 'rainbow' created by a cloud in the top half of the image (pointed to by the upward arrow) and the rainbow coloured cloud below it! The colours are just noticable...
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
This exotic place has mesmerised me. I have visited it about 5 times in about one year and I still feel like going back. When you are here, all you see is the earth and the sky, and this little cabin with a dead tree beside it. This tree hasn't had a single leaf for over a year now but it still stands its ground. The silence here is nearly absolute, except for the distant 'whoosh' of vehicles on the national highway about a kilometer away. Now and then sparrows flit around chirping away a happy conversation...
If you walk closer to the structure, you will be a little anxious to see the pitch-darkness that you see inside. But when you look closely, you see that it is a temple. Unsual temple... It has a mound of turmeric with a red tilak in place of an idol...
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
In the year 1999, we lived in a rented house. The sole reason why we had moved into this house was that it was just one street away from the house which we were building for ourselves. I remember how I saw many beautiful sunsets from the window of my room. I had just started using the camera and this was probably from the first roll I ever shot. That's what makes it special.