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Amidst faces of a woman

Its past seven. I get off the tampoo at Koteshwor.I hurry to get on a bus home amidst the usual bustlings of street market, people hurrying to and fro, and vehicles running around like wild animals set free. bUT then I see light fall in fragments on this woman standing on the other side of the cart

fragmenting her.

Something else looks on amidst embellishments.  Maybe nakedness needs no embellishments.

Adventures in a museum;)bcos i felt like it

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So… I have a wierd love/hate relationship with photography. I especially HATE taking photos when I have to take photos ( okay, who doesn’t?!). Well anyway, this morning I’m walking around Patan Durbar square with my camera and I see a whole public bus-ish crowd of pigeons, a shot-type old lady selling stuff , et cetera.  I click a litle this and a little that but I’m bored as HELL.

Suddenly! A vision on my right! ‘History of Studio Photography in Nepal’  Ongoing Exhibition in Patan Museum.

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Okay aaaannyways, I went in.  I was looking at this large portrait of two women looking somewhere beyond the frame when I felt a longing to be there, in that space between the actual setting of the photograph and the present- I think it is in the aura lent by the lens of a camera, transcending the image from that of two posing people to something more. I don’t know…Well then I felt like all these images are not really of those people from a certain time ago- instead just a different world created by the camera.I felt like I wanted to be with them, these characters of a photographic world. So .

Mangalbazaar

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Unhappy children selling happiness
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WHOOSH!! into the setting sun
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In a country of old men

Medium: Cannon 700D

Time: 5-6 pm

Taken while loitering around Mangalbazaar, the colorful balloons, pigeons flying against the backdrop of the hue created by the setting sun and the old man’s steady glance create the highlights of the photos.

Finding Beauty in Swoyambhu

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IMG_0363IMG_0366IMG_0364IMG_0406Sabriha Kharim is a beautiful young girl who speaks more often with her eyes, sips tea very quietly and manages to pose beautifully for annoying amateur photography students like us even after 30 or so shots! She studies in grade 1 ( but clearly skips school- I met her at the Swoyambhu stupa on Friday, having gone there for a morning photography session from class). 

She lives in the Pakistani galli near Swoyambhu. I remember cringing as  one of the old men humming bhajan rudely told  the children to go away when they were posing for  photos. The prejudice that exists is astounding!

 Furthermore, I cannot help feeling a little guilty for having taken a part of her in these photos; that’s what they are- a portrayal of her innocence and beauty. 

 

Street photography: Neon temples

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Theme: Temples

Device: Phone, Xperia Z1 ( on auto)

Element of art chosen: Color

Time: around 7pm

I’ve clicked these photos as a part of my photography class project where I have been assigned 5 photos on a theme and an element of art ( line, shape, form, color, space, value, texture).

Walking home , a blue and green lighted temple by the street grabbed my attention. I had just pressed the camera button when a certain bike headlight zooming towards me forced me to move( I was standing in the middle of the street:) . I accidentally ended up with abstract colorful lines instead of colorful dots. Then I set off to deliberately click more such photographs. These are what I ended up with.

Hide and Seek

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Candle in the sky

I took these photos about a week back in one of lanes in Thimi, while walking home from college( around 4 pm I guess!). The peeping sunlight seems to play hide and seek as the children’s voices ring through the narrow lanes. I like the contrast as well as the candid children in these photos.

Big fish small fish

i1i3i2Thought I’d start at  before the beginning.. we’ve been assigned to post five photos for our photography project.( But what the hell!) I’m posting photos I took for my final project last semester.

These photos represent isolation and fear. In the first photo, I wanted to show isolation from the perspective of a group. In the second, I wanted to show a sort of shadiness/ danger. The third photo, I wanted to be  about being chased by something bigger than oneself.

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