Sunday, January 8, 2012

Goodbye For Now: No, I'm not channeling P.O.D.

I'm shifting base, for my adventures in Photography, to my other blog for now http://galacticbibliofreak.wordpress.com Do stop by if you can. A few posts may seem familiar but that's because I didn't want my poor deprived WP blog to not have the ready-made posts that it could have!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

FELLOW PHOTOGRAPHERS: Lindbergh (Flickr)

I believe the best people to learn from are your peers because they're struggling with the same stuff you are &, sometimes, they're the ones who get it right. So, here's a fellow photographer who definitely warrants a mention http://www.flickr.com/photos/lihonger/

And here are some of his photographs that I really liked:-






Don't forget to check out his awesome photostream. I've posted the link above. Just scroll upwards.....Don't be THAT lazy!

EXPERIMENTS: LOW-LIGHT

My first assignment (that I gave myself...I HAD to finish my first roll of film!) was still life.



About the picture: I love the light during sunrise (when I'm definitely NOT awake) & ...sunset, which in my opinion is the best time for any photographer to go out & shoot. And I'm a huge fan of shadow-play! Hence, the picture.

Here are a few more of my "Experiments":








TIME TO FLY RIGHT

I've finally figured out what I want to blog about. Since this is what I've currently stumbled upon, & it's taking up most of my thinking space, PHOTOGRAPHY is what I'm focusing on from here on out.

I'm just starting out so I'm about as qualified as the next person. I have studied photography as one of six subjects for a period of six months during graduation &, after that, for during my Post grad as a foundation for my 'Film' subject. I'm currently doing a mini course on it & will share my "experiments" as they happen.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thoughtful Thurdays: An anthem for Peace?

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one



I'm sure most of us remember these lyrics fondly, as well as the man who penned them - John Lennon. This one little song was powerful enough to act as the anthem of anti-war movements. And why wouldn't it be? It was written by a man who was almost deported for his criticism of the Vietnam war, by an administration (Read: Nixon, Watergate) already mired in corruption. 


Although the idea of a Utopian world comes with its own set of strong critics & criticisms, it is not without merit. We all want to live in a world where peace reigns supreme, men & women of every class, caste or race are equal, & the world worst problem is boredom. And although I sound sarcastic, I am one of those who longs for exactly that. What we need to understand is our current world emerged out of someone else's dream for a better world, a little more than half a century ago. That person was Adolf Hitler & the world we live in is still suffering from the after effects of his ultimate dream of the perfect world. So, who's to decide what "perfect" involves? Do we really want to give 1 person or 1 organization the power to decide the future of 6 billion others? All I can say is treat 'Imagine' the way it was supposed to be treated - as a moving song of hope full of pretty, inspirational words, produced primarily for commercial purposes. Let's not treat it as the anthem of the fight for peace. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

BEING THEMATIC

Since I'm pretty much lost without organization or giving my mind a specific direction, I can't seem to figure out what to blog about. I mean EVERYTHING interests me & bores me equally (even I can admit there's such a thing as too much chocolate). So, what I've figured out is my posts can be thematic. 

Now, I know that sounds boring or like way too much trouble but, trust me when I say, this was at least my posts will follow one particular angle & won't be all over the place. So, here's my proposed list:-

MAD Mondays - about nutty people & situations throughout history, from all over the world

TERRIFYING Tuesdays - about ghost stories, books & movies in the horror/thriller genre

WICKED Wednesdays - about naughty little movies, books & deeds

THOUGHTFUL Thursdays - about things that made the world sit up & think

FREAKY Fridays - about the abnormal & freakish

SINFUL Saturdays - about the world cuisine & everything about food

SOLITARY Sundays - about things to do on your day off i.e. DIY projects, events, books, movies, anime etc.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Don't Know What This Is

The pain is like an anchor tied around my neck, weighing me down, dragging me to the bottom of the ocean, where I shall lie rotting for all of eternity. Some days I feel like the Gods are looking down on me, all laughing at the little jokes they play on me, watching me squirm in the cesspool that is my life. I feel like the discarded old rag doll, with one button eye missing and patches for a dress, and a clump of unruly orange hair just like the hair clowns have, the ones who live to amuse. Is that my purpose, my calling? To please others and leave my own happiness to the care of dogs and demons?

(image source: neurolove.tumblr.com)



I see RED!! I want to Kill, Maim! But that screechy little hag inside me won't shut up, won't let me have my way. I'd scream but my voice died a long time ago with my spirit. All I have left is the abyss. I could never let anyone know what scars my being, my very soul, for fear of them plucking and picking away at whatever life I have left until there is nothing left except for me, naked to the scrutiny of the world, paraded up and down in front of eyes that would rather watch me scatter away into nothingness, rather than hold out their hands to me - with venom hidden just behind a veil of sympathy.


(image source: alekstalve.deviantart.com)