portrait of a boy on a sunday

taken at ISO 1600 for the grain, in B&W  

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low saturation photography

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Mudumalai Blurs

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The green Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary en route to Ooty.

Blurred through a low shutter speed.

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The Tourist @ Ooty #1

So what did you do in Ooty?
Went rose-bud clicking at the Rose garden, Ooty.

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My first Ttv pictures :)

For ages, i’ve been wanting to do TTv but could not get my hands on a TLR camera.
Yesterday, this came by in the mail 🙂 Image

and after a struggle to make a contraption, i finally managed to concoct something to cut out the light – which i won’t be showing here because of my crafting skills 😉

and here are some of the first ttv shots i took this morning.

Much of it is not clear nor are they even straight. I am not even sure if i am doing it right. It was not very easy to get to this point itself – but then again, they are pictures i took. 🙂Image

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The Sun @ 4 pm

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Some shots from the 300 mm

The Nikon AF 300 mm I received yesterday is a heavy duty old lens, complete with a metal body, and faux leather lens cap. (I’m looking at you, Nikon Corp). Having laid around unused for some time, its also got a layer of fungus. Which actually worked out well, since it gave photos a lovely soft feel.

So here’s some pics taken from the 300 mm today. (what a DoF! Sigh)

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Hello Beauty :)

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My Nikon D 80, with its trusty and utterly lovely 50mm f 1.8 D lens

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just got a new friend . Introducing the beautiful Nikon 300 mm f/4 🙂

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A big thanks to M for sharing it with me 🙂

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Misha rides the hues

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Misha and her hues

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Ochre

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books. poems. inspiration.

Some books of poems i have, that have left some lasting impressions.

I Shall Not Be Moved by Maya Angelou.

 i brought this book from a second-hand book dealer in Pune. i think it was mainly to make an impression among my “intellectual” “friends”. But reading it changed my perspective about many things.

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We Sinful Women. Inspired my first zine, much much later.

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Namdeo Dhasal‘s book of poems, translated by Dilip Chitre, “Poet of the Underworld” contains some amazing bits from his iconic works like Golpitha, and Gandu Bagichaa.

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Used to have  W H Auden‘s  “The Unknown Citizen” stuck on the pin-board at my desk in the box.  Image

These books are not poem-books, but sheer poetry nevertheless. Haruki Murakami‘s South of the Border, West of the Sun, is lyrical. Inspired another zine of mine.

Milan Kundera‘s The Unbearable Lightness of Being was probably the first poem I read in prose.

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There are plenty of other poets I like. I do not have their books with me though…

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But Ghalib? I pick his book when I’m deliriously happy. And again, when I’m down in the pits.

Ghalib has saved me countless times. ‘nuf said.

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Who are your favorites?

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Wonky Fingers O’ mine

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drawing inspired by a kalamezuthu i saw at a folklore fest in calicut, 2 months ago.

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Lilacs

Lilacs

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Practicing

on how to hold the pencil once again.

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Insomnia

Dabbling with water colours at 1:50 am

mediocre landscapes

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and geometric shapes – wherein one need not think too much.

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A red-dyed day

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Life stays on course, despite everything.

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From Russia with Love

The 20th Party Congress of the Communist Party of India (M) is on this week in Calicut / Kozhikode. The entire city is decked red, with buntings, banners, and a good dose of love from Russia (and Cuba and Germany)

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Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Friedrich Engels, in a never-before photo op 🙂 right here in calicut.

 

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replete with socialist realism imagery….tackling the American imperialist eagle, while the poor of India look on. (what???)

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and here’s the gem our Indian “socialist realism” artists came up with. The iconic image of Krishna leading Arjuna to the war, setting up the scene for narrating the Bhagwat Gita takes a red tinge here.  Marx leads Lenin. Das Kapital replaces the Gita.

Bottom line: The world (and communism) is an illusion. 🙂

 

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In love

with this music. so much.

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