Eyes to see

Randoms musings on Photography and life

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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

 

Playful

My daughter on sea beach…playing

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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Durga Puja is round the corner

After missing Durga Puja for 3 straight years, this year I am certain that I will be part of it. It feels great to be at home during these 5 days, Those who are not aware of what I am talking about, Durga Puja is the biggest holiday season in Eastern India. For 5 days we have the celebration and all over eastern part of India become even more alive with lights, joy and laughter. We mark the season of festival by change in weather. Here is one picture from the new season.

Indian Marriage

Last few days I was busy at my sister-in-laws’ wedding ceremony. Thanks to weather it was immensely hot and multiple baths and AC was more or less useless. Had loads of fun and some photos as well. Now really hoping to get back to normal flow in few days time. Rain…I need you, badly!

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A day in Batsto Village and surroundings

After visiting the ghost town outside Big Bend national park and specially Bodie ghost town in California I fell in love with them. I can still experience the feeling when I drove in Bodie ghost town after crossing several small hills. All of a sudden a vast area opened up and the town looked so lovely in it. Alas there is no way you can spend a night there unless special arrangements are made before. The environment, the eerie feeling all you can feel so well. 

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After getting a long weekend I decided to search for ghost towns in New Jersey and soon I found one names Batsto Village which is around 80 miles from my home. I thought this would be a perfect chance to test out my newly acquired Hasselblad as well!! 

It look around 2 hours to reach the place and fortunately it was not over crowded. We first decided to walk in a trail to Batsto Lake (1 mile away) and eventually the trail itself would take us in the village. The village off course was no match for Bodie or Big Bend towns, given the surroundings really come into play a lot for places like this. What I liked though there are small houses where you can stay for couple of nights and they are right inside the village. That’s something which interested me a lot and if I get a chance it would definitely be a great experience to stay and photograph the place in night.

Unfortunately even though the park and lake seemed beautiful, my first outing with Hasselblad did not go that well. First I was able to expose only 4/5 frames out of 12 frames in the roll and then when I tried putting the second roll something went really bad and body jammed. The lens wont come out and  shutter wont clock either. Terrible feeling and to add to that I got myself a headache as well. Anyway I came back home, researched on net and found out that the shutter can be clocked by turning a small screw in the body. Another round of trip to Home Depot and I was all set to work on my 500CM. It did work and voila, am happy again!Image

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Rice eating of my lill

In our custom we feed our child his or her first proper food in a ceremony called “annaprashan”. Both father and mother are not allowed to feed the baby for obvious reasons 🙂 otherwise how the priest will survive in this cruel world.

I was searching for some temples in our area where we can have it and I was amazed to find the charges for service quite high. Cmon people its just feeding one spoon to a kid. Anyway tomorrow it’s going to happen and we are happy! Little bit of personal blogging going on today.

It’s another weekend!!

It’s finally another Friday and the best day in the whole week in my opinion. This week I might go to NY again but am not totally sure that’s gonna happen. So I will keep my fingers crossed, soecially after last weeks short visit; it was surely fun. It’s getting cold though..thinks winter is finally getting started. Gotta rush to office now meanwhile my kid can read a book 🙂

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From my apartment

iphone has really become one my fav ways to capture images. Not only you can get the feel of the place but also with the editings things look really neat! Not to downplay other camera advantages but I really like it as a medium

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