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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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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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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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Forever.

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

Week 09 – Black and White

Week 09 - 2015 Project 52 - Forever
Week 09 – 2015 Project 52 – Forever

The story: I miss home; I miss my mom and dad. The ring with three hearts was given to me on my 13th Valentine by my parents – one heart for each of us as we are a small nuclear family. The other ring is an unpolished diamond from my country that my dad gave to my mom on my 18th Valentine. Mom gave me the ring as it cannot fit her anymore. Sometimes, the simplest photographs tell the most meaningful stories. I wanted to ensure that the focus was where I wanted it so I kept it very simple this week..

My thoughts on black and white photography: From the moment I saw the challenge, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy to do. I have noticed that too many people hide mistakes with black and white processing (I’ve been guilty of this also); however, there’s an art to it. I don’t think I’ve nailed the art but at least  I’ve changed my thinking about this kind of photography overall.

Don’t take it for granted that you just have to worry about ‘black’ and ‘white’ and not too many other things. I think this makes it even hard because your other skills are truly tested: composition, story, lighting, etc. I kept it simple this week as I’m bouncing back from two weeks of ‘laziness’ – I didn’t want to do the ‘go big or go home’ thing as it would have been too easy to mess that up. Thus my image for this week.

Some other images from that experiment:

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UOH, India

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

Week 05 – Greetings from…

This was not an easy week for me as I was crazy busy in the department. However, I’m thankful that I was able to fit a walk in with some friends and I’m rather happy with the image I got.

Week 05 - Project 52 - UOH, Hyderabad
Week 05, 2015 – UOH, Hyderabad

When I looked at the specifics for this week, a lot of ideas came to mind as Hyderabad (where I’m currently located) has a large amount of beautiful scenes  I capture to let you know where I am. However, in the end, the lack of time to go out adventuring and my love for my campus won out.

Why do I like this specific image? This picture aptly sums up my campus: it’s a beautiful combination of nature and man sharing a space. However, I choose to show the natural landscape more as the campus is large and most of it consists of forests and rocks with buildings scattered throughout.

Why did I choose a vertical composition instead of a horizontal one? I feel like this composition did justice to the elements of the image. I was going for the horizontal so you can get more of a panoramic view of where I was but then  I realized that I wanted to get the feeling of being drawn into the harsh bushes and lead upwards through the rocks, trees and lake towards the buildings in the background and finally the serenity of the setting sun at the top.

Here are some other images from the walk to get my image for the week:

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