Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Friday, March 9, 2007
As I look back at my collection of photos over the past few years, I realised that I have taken very few pictures of people, in general, and portraits in particular. I think I am more of a nature photographer than an human interest photographer. The reason for that is not because I do not find people interesting but perhaps because I havn't really sought out to photograph them. I hope to make amends in the near future.
The above picture is that of a dear old friend whom I met in IIT Kanpur and who was part of the fullee faltoo gang of our wing that also included Nikhil, GY, Sandey and me. Adi is the definitive computer addict, the one who was always glued to his screen. He was the one who introduced me to the world of Diablo 2 and other RPGs and the one with whom I played one-on-ones in the unreal world of UT. When I took this picture, he had just turned around because I asked him to and after the picture was taken, he, without any trace of emotion, turned his head back to the screen. With a beard that was almost six months old and a room that was not cleaned for just as long, this portrait of his best describes him. I took this picture with my (actually, my dad's) practikar which is over fifteen years old and still one of the best cameras that I have ever used. This picture is perhaps also my best portrait.
Location: A-Bot, Hall 1, IIT Kanpur
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
This was taken during my second trip to Goa in November 2005 when I went for IFFI 2005. I spent the entire week in Panjim, near the place where the festival was going on and never once had the chance to go to the beach. The festival was amazing and I was introduced to a lot of contemporary cinema from across the world, especially from Iran and South America. I decided to go to Goa on the last day, without an idea of whether I would be allowed to be a delegate. I did not tell anybody that I was going and when I did get the delegate pass, I called up my boss to tell him that I would not be coming to the office for the entire week! Now that I look back at it, I think that was the best whimsical decision I ever made.
Anyway, when the festival was coming to a close and I had to get back to Bangalore but I did not want to leave without going to the beach and relaxing for a while. After an entire week of non-stop movie watching, my eyes and head needed a rest and that day sitting at the beach, in that shack, I felt most at peace with myself, a peace that I had not experienced since the time I went to Honnemarudu and a peace that I would not experience till I went to Gokurna. It was at this moment of zen that I took this picture and I think it captures my mood and the atmosphere of the beaches of Goa.