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52 weeks of me!

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

Week #1 – Self-portrait

Week 01, 2016 - Finding a balance
Week 01, 2016 – Self-portrait: Finding a balance

As is the custom, the first week of this challenge is to do a ‘self-portrait’. I’ve done a couple of these over the years but I always manage to hold a bit back. This is a favourite challenge of mine as it really makes me think about ‘who I am’ and try to represent this in one image.

Most people who now me would say that I’m a bubbly person, full of life – happy, optimistic, easy going, friendly… all those ‘sunshiny’ qualities. However, I do have a dark side that I tend to capture in self-portraits. It’s not pessimistic but it is a deep, contemplative side that embraces a darkness that might be troubling to some.

This year, I’m willing to crash through barriers and just discover who I am… Consider every image I take a ‘self-portrait’ in some way or another. Happy 2016 all!!!

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Another shot from the self-portrait shoot.

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Weeks 42, 43, 44…

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

So, another couple weeks where I didn’t have the time to process my images and upload them to the 52 Frames group I’m with for this year. It’s hard being a student when you’re doing research and then writing papers. At the end of the day (week) all you want is to shut down the computer and spend some time in the real world. However, now that my semester has closed off (even though I have a lot of work to finish still) I’m going to update this space more often.

For now, here are the shots for the past seven weeks and the one for this week.

Week 42 – Future

Week 42 - 2015 Project 52 - Birthday
Week 42 – 2015 Project 52 – Birthday

I guess I could have thought of something more interesting but I didn’t even know the theme for this week…

Week 43 – Mashup

Week 43 - 2015 Project 52 - The moon from OTM
Week 43 – 2015 Project 52 – The moon from OTM

I guess the ‘mash-up’ is more in the name than the picture 🙂 But I tried…

Week 44 – Emotions

Week 44 - 2015 Project 52 - Happiness is...
Week 44 – 2015 Project 52 – Happiness is…

I think I nailed this one 🙂 My friend is standing in a butterfly garden – his reaction is priceless as he’s normally more serious.

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Who am I?

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

Week 38 – My Personality 

Week 38 - 2015 Project 52 - shadows and light, colours and tears
Week 38 – 2015 Project 52 – shadows and light, colours and tears

One of the worst things ever is to ask me to talk about myself. I have a lot of information to share but for some reason, quite ironic really, I can’t get the meaning across. This week’s challenge was interesting indeed as we were asked to take one picture that gives an idea of our personalities – without featuring people as an extra challenge. To me, there are so many complex aspects of my personality, thus, this was not easy.

I remember a conversation with a then PhD student in 2009. We were on the roof of my hostel in the evening time and as the sun set and twilight turned to night we were having an interesting discussion. It was based on the question, “WHO am I?” Every attempt we made to define who we were placed us in some box that society has created. In the end we realised that to say nothing would be the best way to describe ourselves as the possibilities are endless and we don’t place restrictions on ourselves. Up to this day, I still can’t answer that question yet I have a much deeper understanding after that conversation.

Coming back to this photography project of mine, in the end, I thought this image from a recent road trip summed it up enough. Why? SOME of the reasons why I chose this image are briefly stated below:

  • Life
  • Colours
  • Shadows
  • Darkness
  • Budding flower
  • Tears
  • Disguised ‘sharpness’
  • Macro

That’s about it… 🙂

Cover image by Sumedha Goswami.

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What happened in August?

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

Now that I’ve finally managed to upload the images for July I can finish off August and I will be ‘caught up’ on my blog backlog…

Week 33 – Night Photography

Week 33 - 2015 Project 52 - Hyderabad at night
Week 33 – 2015 Project 52 – Hyderabad at night

This is definitely one of my favorite genres now. I’m definitely still developing the skills necessary for different settings but it doesn’t stop me. While most of my fellow framers were pointing their cameras to the sky and capturing amazing star trails and so forth, I decided to point min down from roof of a 4-story building. It was an overcast night and the light pollution caused the sky to have that tone. I liked the simpleness of this image.

Week 34 – Wabi Sabi

Week 34 - 2015 Project 52 - City living
Week 34 – 2015 Project 52 – City living

So, I have no idea what this theme was about. Google helped a bit but I don’t think I nailed it completely. According to research, wabi sabi comes from Japanese and basically looks at ‘beauty in transcendence.’ I’m just going to leave this here… I took this image from the train at one of the stops. It might be chaotic and it might not be desirable to all, but I found beauty in the doorway and the cloth used… I’ll have to try a bit more with this theme.

Week 35 – Fire

Week 35 - 2015 Project 52 - ...
Week 35 – 2015 Project 52 – …

I love fire! I guess some might say I’m a bit of a pyromaniac. So, I was sad to realize that I missed the theme once again. However, here’s a picture of one of my friends from a photoshoot! Enjoy 🙂

Week 36 – Dreams and Fantasy

Week 36 - 2015 Project 52 - Distinguished
Week 36 – 2015 Project 52 – Distinguished

Some might say ‘another portrait’. However, those who know the backstory would know why I used this for the theme this week. This gentleman is one of the first professors for my department. This was him during our first ever Alumni meet as past students spoke about their time at university and what they’ve accomplished since then. He was thanked multiple times for his dedication. In a way, he’s seeing his dreams and fantasies as a teacher being realized…

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Make a Statement!

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

The Excuse: I was in an accident. Although I was lucky to escape with a few scratches and bruises, I was still very much affected by all of it. Added to this there were some other things happening in my life that just de-motivated me from doing anything…photography was most definitely included.

Having said that I’m also going to say that I’m not very proud of my executions for weeks 06 and 07. However, the concepts I’ll work with again to try and properly represent them.

Week 06 – Rule of Odds

Week 07, 2015 - simplicity
Week 07, 2015 – simplicity

The problems with this image are numerous. Firstly, it’s plainly point and shoot in nature – there’s nothing creative about it. Upon reflection, I could have stood and tried to get the top-view as I think the concentric circles would have made it stronger. In addition, it’s definitely not sharp – a result of having injuries on my dominant hand. However, I could have asked a friend to help me set up a tripod…

What I learnt? Don’t use your injuries to produce something you won’t be proud of in the future. Try your best ALWAYS with what you have…

Why did I keep this image? I guess I want to keep it to remind me in the future of my laziness… I don’t want to make this mistake again!

Week 07 – Make a Statement

Week 08, 2015 - Int'al Love
Week 08, 2015 – Int’al Love

I love this picture because of the togetherness it represents for me. I’m from a beautiful country with, generally, beautiful people. However, I’m tired of the ‘racial tensions’ that are encouraged when it’s elections time in my country – this just separates friends. For me, following the current elections in my homeland, this picture made the most impact for me this week.

It’s a point and shoot in nature and the red-eyes are glaringly a problem but I choose not to focus on that. I choose to look at the happiness on the faces of my friends from Iran, Kenya, Russia, Sudan, Tanzania and the United States of America. I choose to focus on the ‘togetherness’ they show in this image and see hope for a better tomorrow…

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