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Playing Catch Up – Pt 2

2014 – Project 52 – Weeks Twenty – Twenty Four

This is the second set of five pictures in my ‘playing catch up’ posts. Let’s hope I can keep to getting the blogs done on time now that I’m back in the game.

Week 20: May 14 - 20 Title: Symmetry  Location: GICC, ECD, Guyana
Week 20: May 14 – 20
Title: Symmetry
Location: GICC, ECD, Guyana

I was always attracted to images with symmetry. This week I was doing a favour for a friend and was able to take a picture of the main conference hall at the Guyana International Conference Centre. I wasn’t even thinking about making it black and white until I got to my computer after the shoot. Then I realised that it’s a really beautiful image and would probably have more impact in BnW.

Week 21: May 21 - 27 Title: Tia sees the light Location: Home, ECD, Guyana
Week 21: May 21 – 27
Title: Tia sees the light
Location: Home, ECD, Guyana

Tia is a curious dog. At almost ten years old she has what I refer to as ‘Parkinsons for Dogs’ (also referred to as the shaking sickness) there is no cure. The black spots on and near her legs are a result of her not being able to lay down without shaking and moving around. Thus, she grazed out all the hair and the skin has hardened in those area. When she first got the sickness she lost huge amounts of weight and we thought of putting her down. However, the vet never came and we never took her to the vet. Two years on and she’s gained back her weight, still shakes, still troubles our younger dog and still adores us… She’s a bit grumpy, as can be expected from an older dog, but she still demands her weekly baths, eats her food and walk my dad at nights 🙂

Week 22: May 28 - Jun 03 Title: Picture perfect GT Location: Vreed-en-Hoop, WBD, Guyana
Week 22: May 28 – Jun 03
Title: Picture perfect GT
Location: Vreed-en-Hoop, WBD, Guyana

During week  twenty-two, some photographer friends and I had a walk to Vreed-en-Hoop, one of the towns at the mouth of the Demerara River. During exploration of the jetty, we got caught in the rain and then had to rush back to the stelling area after it stopped. When we reached there it was almost night and I got a couple of hurried shots. This was my favourite – it shows our capital city, Georgetown, framed by an old wall at the stelling as night approaches.

Week 23: Jun 04 - Jun 09 Title: River Life Location: Bartica, Essequibo River, Guyana
Week 23: Jun 04 – Jun 09
Title: River Life
Location: Bartica, Essequibo River, Guyana

Bartica, Essequibo River, Guyana… that’s where I selected my picture from for this week. My beautiful country is also referred to as the Land of Many Waters and I think you can see it from this picture. There are many rivers running through my country. This is a picture of one of the boat docks in Bartica with a passing speedboat. It was a rainy day thus the lack of details in the sky – just clouds.

Week 24: Jun 11 - Jun 17 Title: Teamwork Location: MOE, ECD, Guyana
Week 24: Jun 11 – Jun 17
Title: Teamwork
Location: MOE, ECD, Guyana

Finally, I’ve caught up with this image. It shows students in a debate conferring about a point. In this case, the proposition was preparing its’ rebuttal. There are images of the individual speakers from both sides presenting their arguments, etc., however this is my favourite from the set. Note: the proposing team won 🙂 GO IBE!

Playing Catch Up – Pt 1

2014 – Project 52 – Weeks Fifteen – Nineteen

I took a bit of a hiatus due to work but then it was difficult to start back. I’m going to take some baby steps now so that I can get back in to the trend of blogging. Therefore, I decided to get my backed up posts from Project 52, 2014 done in two posts. Enjoy…

Week 15: Apr 09 - Apr 15 Title: Scarlet Flower  Location: Home, ECD
Week 15: Apr 09 – Apr 15
Title: Scarlet Flower
Location: Home, ECD

This was the week of flowers. My friends said that I’m allowed one flower post for the year. Thus, I chose my favourite one – my scarlet flower. I’ve bee enchanted with this flower since I was a little girl after reading a story about it. My father then got the flower and planted it in our yard and since then it has thrived. I love the beauty of the flower and the fact that it has thorns – symbolic in a way.

Week 16: Apr 16 - Apr 22 Title: Man's 'footprint' Location: Orangestein, East Coast Essequibo, Gyuana
Week 16: Apr 16 – Apr 22
Title: Man’s ‘footprint’
Location: Orangestein, East Coast Essequibo, Gyuana

Things are not always as nice as they appear and photographers are normally seen as ‘focusing on the beauty’ instead of the upsetting, ugly, etc. Therefore, this week I choose to focus on how destructive men are. This is a branch with litter from the Atlantic Ocean wrapped around it. It’s really sad to think that all this trash came from the waterways and that people could care less about the disposal.

Week 17: Apr 23 - Apr 29 Title:... Location: Berbice Coast *somewhere*, Guyana
Week 17: Apr 23 – Apr 29
Title:…
Location: Berbice Coast *somewhere*, Guyana

Week Seventeen saw one of my better images for the year so far (or so I believe). I was on a photowalk with some friends in Berbice, Guyana. On the way back, I was determined to get a picture of the green fields we kept passing all day. It just so happens  that, after walking for a minute away from where the group was on one stop, I saw the dilapidated fence and a kiskadee on it. It wasn’t easy to get the shot as it was the end of the day, I was tired and the bird kept moving…

Week 18: Apr 30 - May 06 Title: Sonu Nigam Location: Guyana National Stadium, EBD, Guyana
Week 18: Apr 30 – May 06
Title: Sonu Nigam
Location: Guyana National Stadium, EBD, Guyana

Event photography isn’t easy – especially the kind where there is a stage with multiple revolving lights, smoke machines and artistes that are not staying in one location. Considering the above mentioned challenges and where I was sitting and the fact that it was night time, I think I did okay for this week. Being able to experience Sonu Nigam in concert with his band was a great experience – my mom and I danced, even in the rain!

Week 19: May 07 - May 13 Title: 9 Day Joy   Location: Cummings Lodge, ECD, Guyana
Week 19: May 07 – May 13
Title: 9 Day Joy
Location: Cummings Lodge, ECD, Guyana

Finally, closing off this ‘catching up’ blog post, I present to you a baby. There are multiple images of sweet, happy babies out there  there that’s not always the reality. Thus, I present to you something a bit more realistic… 🙂

Pooja / Puja / Prayers

2014 – Project 52 – Week Fourteen

Week 14: Apr 02 - Apr 08 Title: Durga Pooja Location: CLIHS Mandir, ECD, Guyana
Week 14: Apr 02 – Apr 08
Title: Durga Pooja
Location: CLIHS Mandir, ECD, Guyana

I come from a Hindu family, a very Hindu family that boasts of two pandits (priests) and numerous members who are very learned about the scriptures and traditions associated with Hinduism in Guyana. I would like to think I’m rather a strong person where my religion is concerned as I take part in different aspects of prayers associated with Hinduism.

Apart from be very familiar with the traidions, etc., I’m naturally curious about the whole aspect of Hinduism since it is more often than not considered to be ‘a way of life’. I love the colours and the vibrancy associated with this religion and the wide variety of different ways in which the events are observed and practised – the different activities used to focus on different aspects of God through different ways of making offerings.

As such, it was quite easy for me to select the event from which my image for Week Fourteen would come from. However, due to the wide array of different elements in the worship ceremonies, it was hard to narrow down my 600 images to just one. I finally selected this one because it sums up the season for me. This image shows a devotee pouring Durga dhar (a special offering comprising different grind elements being mixed in milk) into a tally (tray) with a cut lime and nutmeg that have been covered with sindoor (red powder used by married women in their head) and camfor (used to create fire) on top of the lime. All of these elements scream ‘Naav-raatri’ for me and it truly is a season I enjoy.

Some background to my image: Week Fourteen saw the beginning of the first ‘naav-raatri’ period for the year; this one leads to Raamnaavmi (birthday of Lord Ram). Naav-raatri is basically the worship onto God in the female form and spans three sub-periods where you focus on certain general aspects of Maa. The first three nights – workship with a focus on Durga Maa, the second three nights – workship with a focus on Latchmi Maa and the final two nights (this would be three nights for the naav-raatri period before Diwali later in the year)  – worship with a focus on Saraswati Maa. The final day, the ninth day, is celebrated as Raamnaavmi.

Here are some more favourites from this week.

Outside my window

2014 – Project 52 – Week Thirteen

Some weeks I need to really think about a theme or a picture to take to ensure I stay in the game. Other weeks, it’s as simple as staring out of my window.

Week 13: Mar 26 - Apr 01 Title: Kiskadee Location: Home, ECD, Guyana
Week 13: Mar 26 – Apr 01
Title: Kiskadee
Location: Home, ECD, Guyana

For this week, the first image I took was of a bird outside my window. The next day, as I was working on notes for my classes, I heard some sweet singing outside my window so I looked out – low and behold, more birds. This set the tone for the week and I realised that it’s not a bad theme for the week.

I liked this image the most from this week due to the contrast. It might look like a very simple ‘point and shoot’ image but I did spend some time (as much as a moving bird can give you) ensuring it was composed the way I wanted it. Also, I had some problem with processing it initially – there was a purple glow about the fence. The good thing about it is that I’m part of a photography group, Guyana Photographers, and once you upload an image the others aren’t too shy about pointing out ways to improve the image.

In summary: Week Thirteen challenges included (1) being restricted to using a window frame as my ‘movement area’, (2) shooting moving objects – I lucked out when they landed and (3) processing.

Here are some more images I shot during this week with a focus on that window!

Idea realised

2014 – Project 52 – Week Twelve

Week 12: Mar 19 - Mar 25 Title: ... Location: Soesdyke-Linden Highway, Guyana
Week 12: Mar 19 – Mar 25
Title: …
Location: Soesdyke-Linden Highway, Guyana

When I conceptualised this image, I was aiming for intensity; an intensity in the way someone looks/considers something. It’s been in my head for quite some time as finding the person with the right physical attributes wasn’t easy. However, as soon as I found him, I nicely asked him to ‘pose’ for the picture.

I had two lessons this week – working with someone who isn’t comfortable infront of the camera and trying to get that person to help me attain the image I had in my mind. In the end, I took this shot when he wasn’t aware – we were having a conversation and he just paused for a second and I was ready. I choose to do it in black and white because it made more impact to me.

See some other pictures from this location below: