Eyes to see

Randoms musings on Photography and life

After long time

I haven’t been able to blog for sometime now. I have been busy with other works so much that my photo taking activities also came down heavily. From last few weeks though I have been more and less back on track and it feels good to be back of sorts. As always I have been exploring lot of photographic works which I have not seen earlier in detail. I have been amazed by Daido Moriyama’s work recently. I happened to come across one book on Daidos work and then I purchased Takes of Tono from Amazon few days back. I have been thoroughly awed by his stories and his way of thinking. To me his pictures speak out in a very humane way. Some might call his works dark, grainy, processed…but hey it’s about his vision. To feel a city you have to feel it first…the good, the bad all of it and don’t think you should just portray just one section of it. 

I wish I had someway to get hold of his books in proper price in India. His books are excellent. I am also posting some of the links from youtube on his work, you may check them out. If you know some more interesting link please do share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1K1TPIAQw9

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Al22gjsqC0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3dnyVlMRq8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnEYplvebAE

 

I have been to Purulia (a place in West Bengal, India) lately and worked on a set of images. Posting a link of that too.

http://www.anindyachakraborty.com/Other/Purulia/30233499_N2mZT7

 

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City

Wondered around the streets in Kolkata after really really long time and found this scene in one of the houses. Fast rising skyscrapers and rapidly diminishing old buildings make some of scenes hard to find.

Pondycherry is a small city in Southern India. Once a french colony, the place still offers its visitor glimpses of that in every corner. I was very lucky to spent a single day in a short trip to Chennai. The result: some wonderful memories, meeting some great people who never forget to smile and few photographs as well.

This place should be on your list when you visit South India next time; if not visited already!!

Play!

One of the recent pictures of my daughter while she was busy at playing

Darjeeling Diaries

Darjeeling is a town in West Bengal situated at an average elevation of around 2000 meters. This town came into prominence around mid 19th century when British when the colonial British administration set up a sanatorium and a military depot. With time and after Independence of India the place has changed a lot.

Although it’s still much known for the wide variety of superb tea gardens, for the people from plain in West Bengal it’s more than just a place or hill station. To many Darjeeling is an experience, a memory worth remembering.

I visited Darjeeling after quite a few years; around 4-5 years. Even the memories I had from that trip is almost lost in oblivion. This time though in last few months I managed to visit Darjeeling in via both planned and unplanned trips. The result – some great experiences, some unforgettable moments and lot and lots of fun. I would agree at the end of all these tours; Darjeeling will remain as a feeling or as an experience instead of the just being a place. To keep this memory alive I have compiled some pictures from the trips into an album called Darjeeling Diaries. Enjoy!

http://www.anindyachakraborty.com/Portfolio/Darjeeling-Diaries/27452593_CN5wWz

Dollville

After my daughter was born around 1.5 years back our house has slowly become a house of dolls. As in any family, my wife frequents between our home and in-laws place. When my daughter is not at home I look at her dolls. They look so different compared to the time when my kid plays with them. It’s like either they are lifeless or they get into characters of their own. Out of this curiosity of looking at them in different ways I formed the series called Dollville; a world of the dolls. Link to the full series: http://www.anindyachakraborty.com/Portfolio/Dollville/27079509_mHs9fQ

 

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Playful

My daughter on sea beach…playing

Lost in the woods….

Few weeks back I got the chance to visit hills after long time. Darjeeling has been a favorite place of mine for long long time. This time while visiting I also managed some time in Lepchajagat. I loved it, sharing one photo from the place.

Hunger….

The other day I was returning from an invitation and waiting patiently for transportation when the following scene happened in front of me. The light and shadow and the particular position of the dogs made the whole scene more interesting for me. Stray dogs, street people, search for food, fighting for food….tires me a lot these days. Still the life has to go on and on.

Primitive

Just few days back we had the biggest celebration of the year for us – Durga Puja. It’s celebrated over 5 days and people do get into some festive mood during the same. All over eastern India we get to see different types idols and pandals. Many artisans get a chance to showcase their talent too. I stumbled across one such beautiful pandal in West Bengal. It took 4 months to construct the concept and I loved every bit of it. Showcasing one picture from that place.

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