Archive for the 'Photography' Category

06
Apr
08

Keeping Eye on the Horizon

A photographer connects ancient cities and modern metropolises in his panoramic images.

“The horizon is such a basic way of comprehending the space around us, comprehending our basic relationship to the globe If the horizon seems to offer possibilities,it also establishes a boundary. “In terms of looking, the horizon is the farthest we can see, yet in terms of knowledge, it reflects “the limit of experience.”

Pl explore attached link.

The New York Times

22
Sep
07

Mumbai in Rain..

As such few random shots of Mumbai Monsoon

High Court Bldg,

Central Library and Reserve Bank Tower in background

Central Library- ( Asiatic society )

24
Aug
07

Hasselblad in Space

There are few achievements in the history of man that rival our explorations into space. And few images as unifying, moving, and widely recognized as those photographs taken during these journeys. Photos that have changed the way we see our world and ourselves. Photos taken with Hasselblad cameras.

Pl refer link and explore…

http://www.hasselblad.com/about-hasselblad/hasselblad-in-space.aspx

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03
Jun
07

Recent Pix..

Celini -Italian Restaurant, Grand Hyatt

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Signs of Monsoon Arrival- Rainbow- View from my study – June 3.

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01
Sep
06

Last word- Raghu Rai

The present state of creative photography in the country is very confused and leaves a lot to be desired. Inevitably, India becomes the recipient of outdated technologies, fashions, and ideas from the West. This gets reflected in photography too. Photographers are expected to entertain through their work. But we are not visual entertainers.

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Of course, there are enough of us who love to dabble in the medium and produce pretty pictures. Unfortunately, it is often this kind of photographer who gets picked up and lionised by editors and commentators, who make it a point to back the sensational rather than the solid.

If you say Shakespeare or Milton or Tagore is not entertaining enough, I would, quite rightly, dismiss you out of hand. The same principle applies to photographers. After all, ours is an art that is sensitive to nuance. We want to go beyond the mere physicality of our subject and delve in its inner truths. It is only in this way can the inner aura of people and objects be captured and communicated to others.

This requires a vision that goes beyond the superficial in both the people who photograph and the people who see.

Today is truly the age of fast food. We have fast food editors, fast food designers, fast food layout artists, fast food photographers. For them packaging is everything, the very essence of things. Earlier those who influenced public opinion, whether they were editors or film makers or painters, tried to go about their work with a certain responsibility and a commitment to what they believed in.

Today, none of this is necessary. Everything works on market surveys. It is what sells that counts. Nothing else. And this,I believe, spells the death of true creativity.

-By Ragu Rai
Copyright © Indian Express Newspapers

01
Sep
06

Art Of Photography

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For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.

It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis.

Henri Cartier-Bresson




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