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Symbolism – Destroy, Create, Repeat…

2016 – Project 52 / 52Frames / A Picture a Week Challenge

Week #14 – Negative Space

Week 14 - Negative Space: Nataraja, The Cosmic Dancer
Week 14 – Negative Space: Nataraja, The Cosmic Dancer

This was another week where I didn’t feel like going outside to do any photography but, yet again, I managed to get something to fit the theme.

A bit of background: Nataraja is Lord Shiva in his Cosmic Dancer form (Lord Shiva is one representation of the Holy Trinity of Hinduism – Shiva is the The Destroyer of the Trinity)

I used many ‘negatives’ in this image – quite a lot them are symbolic to me due to the problems on my University at present. However, this is not the space for politics but for my love of art (photography in particular) and the way it lets me express myself. So, my many takes on the ‘negative space’:

  • I used a dark idol as opposed to one in brass or silver or gold or any other metal..
  • This form of the idol is known as the Destroyer
  • Dance is being used to destroy a world filled with so many negative energies and make space for a new world to be created
  • There are places for light as well as darkness  in this image – however there is use of ‘neutral spaces’ to highlight both

This might not be the BEST representation of negative space in photography, but I used this week’s theme as a more symbolic means this week.

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My parents are 30 years!

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Dearest Mom and Dad,

Today you are both celebrating the fact that you have a child who made it to 30 years. I’m celebrating the fact that you made it 30 years into parenthood without killing your mischievous offspring. *hahah* For that I thank you dearly as I’m thrilled to be alive, to meet this milestone. I know you love me and are proud of me and all that good stuff. I also know that there were trying times when I was a less than disciplined child. Let’s celebrate the fact that all three of us made it this far in life together!!!

Most people would do a birthday post with their achievements so far in life and maybe some resolutions for the next couple years. I think the distance from home has put me in a ‘reflective’ mood this year. I don’t want to look to the future; I want to look at my past – relive some of the things that have made me who I am today.

You might not realise it but there are many things I’d like to remind you of right now. Let’s call this a trip down memory lane from my point of view:

  • IMG_1842Mom, I remember quite a few times you would chase me to give me some ‘good lashes.’ Come on, Mom! Why would anyone refer to a spanking as ‘good’??? I don’t see what was so ‘good’ about those! Therefore, I ran away, even when you called me. *smirks* I probably deserved quite a lot of those. Okay! I probably deserved all as you never raised you hand at me unless I was really horrid. However, let’s look at the good side of those ‘spanking chases’: (1) I helped to keep you fit Mom, and, (2) I learned to hide my mischief more efficiently, thus, you were less stressed out and forced to discipline me! Win-win.
  • IMG_0531I remember the time Dad forgot me at school when I was in Form 2. I still don’t know what happened that day. I remember sitting under that tree in the school yard and waiting and waiting and still no Dad. Finally, at about 5pm (he’d normally get me at 3:30pm and take me to the office) I called him only to find out that he was almost home – at the head of the street. I think he broke a few speed limits that day because in a matter of 10 minutes he was there for me. Mom, we never told you this then cause I got bribed with the promise of ice-cream but I’m happily sharing this now as I don’t think he ever did fulfill that bargain. *evil grin*

Yes, I shared a few ‘bad memories’ first. They make me laugh when I think of them. In addition, as I grew older, the ‘parent training’ of you two became easier and you stopped spanking me and forgetting me. I think we turned out okay…

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Now, for some of the good memories:

  • IMG_0304Mom, do you remember holding my hand and taking me to nursery school? This should have taken us a maximum of 10 minutes walking but it invariably turned into about half hour. The reason was because I needed to say ‘good morning’ to everyone I saw on the way and would also strike up conversations with the old ladies in the street. You taught me early in life to be polite to people and to enjoy the simple things in life.
  • Dad, do you remember the time when you were at home with me when I was in Prep A? You would help me to get dressed for school and we were both challenged with the task of combing my hair! Then you would take me to school; you were the only Dad among all the mothers – I was very proud about this. Every afternoon I’d stand up in class and peep through the window and you would be there under the tree outside the compound waiting to take me home. That taught me the security of having a family.
  • 100_0174Mom, I remember you carrying me down this long road to a clinic when I was very sick. I used to wonder if that road would ever end and I’d feel myself slipping away from you because I was always so tired and you would instinctively hold me tighter to prevent me from falling. The sun was always hot and you had to juggle an umbrella and a sick child, yet you never dropped me. Dad, I remember that the only thing I really wanted to eat besides mashed potatoes when I was sick was noodle soup. Mom didn’t know how to prepare it at that point in time so you bought the packets and would cook it for me when you came home from work. There were times I wasn’t totally conscious but whenever I opened my eyes either one of you or both of you would be there. I also remember a kitten – all over black with a white star on his neck and green eyes. I’m not sure now if he was real or a figment of my imagination as he disappeared when I got well. Was he real? Anyways, these things taught me that true love from a parent is a joy that is felt and comes from small things in life – a hug, a smile, time spent with each other.
  • HPIM0061I remember that I failed math (miserably) when I changed schools. I was so devastated that I cried and cried and cried. Dad, you spent that Christmas vacation teaching me arithmetic so that I won’t fail again. Then, once we’ve conquered that challenge, you taught me advanced algebra so I’ll feel good about myself. This empowered me to keep on trying even when I failed.
  • IMG_0384There was this period of time when I would go to Modo’s after school because you were attending afternoon classes in order to enter CPCE, Mom. Even when you fulfilled the ‘traditional’ roles of a woman (mother and wife) you pursued your dreams. The joy I would feel when I stood on that side step and saw you coming up the road was surreal. We’d walk home hand in hand and talk about our days – well mostly me as I was and still can be a talkative person. It taught me to follow my dreams, never give up!
  • I remember the first time I saw Bringle – my first dog ever! He was a cute little grey mongrel with a cold black nose and a curled tail and I fell in love with him on sight! Neither of you told me I was getting a dog but simply said that there was something downstairs for me after I heard the gate open and close. He was quite possibly the BEST PRESENT EVER! Following Bringle, the adoption of random strays over the years taught me compassion and provided a foundation to nurture my love of animals.
  • 100_0387Our home is a home because it is a place where those in need can find shelter – there is always a meal to be had and friendly advice. This was proven time and again when family and friends would visit. I have these images in my head of you two hanging out with my friends – even when said friends came to see ME. The guys would go sit and chat with Dad for a few minutes or watch television. Mom would hang out with us in the living room after work on the occasions she came home to an ‘invasion’. This wasn’t restricted to the physical location but the many times Mom would cook us dinner (little rotis with curry and tea) and Dad would transport them to the university when we wanted to stay late for one reason or another.
  • IMG_3503Dad you taught me to play cricket – even when you didn’t initially approve of me pursuing a sport when I had studies. You instructed me on how to keep a good line and deliver a ball, how to catch and how to bat. I never was and never will be a great cricketer but I was good enough to captain the girls’ team at QC for three years and was even awarded the School Colours Medal. This support extended to other hobbies as well and I’m happy you encouraged me to pursue my dreams, also.
  • Mom, every time I was on stage for a prize giving ceremony or for a graduation, I would instinctively look for you in the crowd. I don’t know if you know this but it’s true. Both Dad and you contributed to my education in many ways. But I remember you first because I remember doing homework or assignments and meals would miraculously appear next to me. I’d eat and the empty plates and cups would disappear. You did magic! You taught me to write – not my nursery school teacher. You are my first teacher and considering where I am now, you have a lot to be proud of Teacher Pan!

There are so many more memories, great memories, that I can share; but there isn’t enough time or space for me to write them down. You two have always been the foundation of my life and no matter what I chose, even if you thought I could have made a better choice, you supported me. Every success I’ve had in life is because of you and I’ll never forget it. You made home a place where I feel safe. You made me the woman I am today – confident, kind and giving. The best lessons in life came not from my classrooms but from you two and I thank you for them.

I love you two. Knowing you return this love makes me strong enough to conquer the world! Happy 30 years of parenthood to you!!!

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Finishing off July

2015 – Project 52 / 52Frames / A Picture a Week Challenge

I lost track of time and just realized that I haven’t updated the blog since the beginning of July – wow! Yes, it really takes dedication and when things are happening in one’s life, then others are sidelined… However, let’s see if I can fix this. The following are the images I took for my Project 52 during July…

Week 29 – Street Photography

Week 29 - 2015 Project 52 - Night Lime
Week 29 – 2015 Project 52 – Night Lime

The theme for this week was ‘street photography’. The aim is not to get a street in the picture but to capture everyday happenings in an image; to get a normal occurrence.

I was having dinner at this roadside ‘cafe’ of sorts with some friends and saw this scene – a bunch of young men having a nice conversation. I liked the naturalness of it and, even though I wished I had my DSLR, I think the cell phone did an okay job.

Week 30 – Unusual 

Week 30 - 2015 Project 52 - Laundry sea
Week 30 – 2015 Project 52 – Laundry sea

This week was a bit of a struggle for me. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or how to emphasize this theme. I walked into the washroom and saw that the soap suds caused the washing machine door to explode. The result was this picture of the excess suds on the ground.

I’m definitely not happy with this image as it fits the theme but I do like it.

Week 31 – Magic Hour

Week 31 - 2015 Project 52 - Morning Glory
Week 31 – 2015 Project 52 – Morning Glory

This was a cheat week for me. I didn’t remember to take an image specific to the theme so I reprocessed an old image from 2013 and uploaded it. I took may images this week, but for some reason I wanted to get one to fit this theme as I take a lot of my pictures during the magic hours of the day (morning and afternoon).

Week 32 – Edited by someone else

Week 32 - 2015 Project 52 - Night time wanderings
Week 32 – 2015 Project 52 – Night time wanderings

This was a week for another camera phone picture. I didn’t, once again, know the theme for this week. However, I liked the results of my night photography…

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UP, up…and away?

2015 – Project 52 / 52Frames / A Picture a Week Challenge

Week 13 – Levitation

Week 13 - 2015 Project 52 - self leap frog
Week 13 – 2015 Project 52 – self leap frog

I’m not great with the levitation pictures so this was a challenge for me. I know the basics of having fast shutter speed and so forth – the theory is not a problem. However, let’s put the challenge of a new kind of photography with night together and I really had a challenge on my hands this week!

I did get some nice sharp shots (all with manual settings – so proud) but this was my favourite. It’s just one person but the way he jumped and moved his hands it was just too awesome not to use as my main image this week. Yet another week where I went with what I liked instead of what suited the theme best!

Here are some others that  I liked from this week:

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Midnight Secrets

2015 – Project 52 / 52Frames / A Picture a Week Challenge

Week 02 – Silhouettes 

The theme for this week was ‘silhouettes’ – one of my most favourite themes ever. However, I was stumped for ideas as I already did a set of them over the holidays and I couldn’t use them as they weren’t taken within the time frame of the week.

As a result, I decided to combine two of my favourite things: silhouettes with and dance. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get and had a few ideas in my head but in the end, I ended up on the roof of my hostel. I noticed that the moon was up, just beyond the trees, and the idea finally came together.

Week 02, 2015 - Midnight secrets...
Week 02, 2015 – Midnight secrets…

A silhouette tends to be a dark, object without details against a background with some amount of details. For some reason, this didn’t appeal to me as I wanted some details in the object. I might not have hit this week’s challenge 100% but I like the end result.

Why do I like this image? It’s unconventional. I like the fact that the moon is in the background, just to add to the idea that it’s night. However,  the artificial light focuses on what the individual is doing – preparing for something. It’s a dark image (double challenge – doing a silhouette in darkness) but I like the fact that I was able to still highlight the subject to some extent. The overall idea for me is ‘mysterious to the point of illumination’. Basically, I’ll keep the secrets I want (in darkness) and tell you what I want to (light).

What would I have done differently if I could? It was difficult enough to get this shot. She was sitting on the ledge so on the other side of her is a two-story drop. If I could have, I would have put her somewhere else so that I can get a bit of a rim light around her head and upper body to separate her from the trees. However, that doesn’t disturb me too much as I did try moving her around but the moon wasn’t where I wanted it.

Here are some other images from that shoot:

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