March on…

Okay as promised in the previous post, I’m back again with another post. Well, this is a first.

So you all might now know that I have moved to Bangalore and the person who misses me the most other than my family is Doobai Zoo (Yes, that’s my best friend’s name, and of course I’m a drama queen so my friend’s gotta have a different name). So yeah, this girl who is extremely talented and chirpy and loves Japan more than herself is my best friend.

Posing with one of the few people who can handle me :)

Posing with one of the few people who can handle me 🙂

Well she was quite upset that I was leaving, but then we gotta March on ( All the Christites will know about it). And in Bangalore I met Pants and Eggs. Two completely crazy, bubbly girls filled with life, someone whom I started to like and connect after Zoo.

Being with them actually makes me happy because none of us think before we talk and we just start up random conversations. Now I’m lazy to type anymore so I’ll be posting about our shenanigans latah! Till then buh bye!!!

Next Post: Photos taken while I was in Bangalore

Life just got in my way.

So its been almost a year since my last post where I told you that I will be uploading pictures from my last visit to India. Well, you might have just come to the conclusion that I’m just another lazy A**. But a lot of things happened after My vacation last year. First, a job that made me realize the value of time. Second, my decision to move to India to do my Masters in Mass Communication at Christ University.

Bengaluru,  Namma Bengaluru. The the place I will be staying for the next two years (hopefully) till I complete my Masters degree. Moving to Bangalore from Abu Dhabi was like a whole transplantation for me. I was like a plant that was uprooted and planted elsewhere in the hope that I would grow and blossom again.

And so I reached Bangalore in June in hopes of starting a new phase of my life. To be honest the city freaked me out. Now you may wonder why would my own country freak me out; well firstly we have the traffic which is simply crazy. The cars hopping from one lane to another, new lanes being made by the ‘two-wheelers’ and the people abusing each other at every five minutes. Please don’t think that I’m the spoilt brat complaining about how bad my country is- No, as someone who grew up watching the traffic go in a very peaceful order and where most of the people followed the rules this was something new to adjust.

One incredible thing about Bangalore is that this city is indeed very welcoming. Language is not a problem in Bangalore- trust me on this, you WILL find someone who speaks your mother tongue here. But beware of the Auto Wallas and the Bus conductors. One lesson I learnt a week after coming here is that fix the price before you get in an auto; otherwise you might end up paying a hefty price. And oh! the bus conductors who reaches every nook and corner in the bus (even if the bus is crowded up to a point where you can’t even breathe properly). Don’t forget to follow up for your change as they tend to ‘forget’ to return your money.

As someone who grew up in a multi-cultural society, this shift was not that different. I meet people from different places and we all get together well. There is something about Bangalore that makes you stay here. Maybe it’s the climate (it’s more unpredictable than a woman) or the fact that it’s a cultural hub (totally love the ethnic diversity here) or the truth that this beautiful city is home to thousands of ‘youngsters’ like me who came here leaving their families and home to make a life.

Next post : About my new Uni, new friends and the changes the decision to move to India brought in me. And of course Pictures!

Barton Art.

Provocative Art for me is an art form that provokes the emotions, feelings and thoughts of the viewer. Now the question that would be asked is, isn’t every art form provocative art because every art piece somehow or the other provokes and questions our thoughts, beliefs etc. So in a way, all art becomes provocative art. But what has to be understood is that by the term ‘provocative’, it does not have to be nudity or sexual elements always. This brings me to the American provocative artist and sculptor, Barton Lidice Benes, who passed away on 30th May of this year at the age of 69 due to AIDS.

Barton Lidice Benes- the famous provocative artist and scultpor
Photo by Joan Hall

As mentioned above Barton Lidice Benes was a provocative artist and sculptor who used materials what he called the artifacts of ‘everyday’ life. He entered the art scene during the 80’s with his shredded currency collage art work of Virgin Mary. From shredded pices of currencies and other recycled materials, he went more personal with his art when he was tested HIV positive in 1986. He started working on everyday materials of the epidemic – pills, human cremated remains etc.  His works were controversial and many art galleries were not ready to showcase his works. One of his works called ‘Brenda’ is of 200 AIDS ribbons which were mounted on a wall after being slathered with the paste made from the ashes of his friend Brenda who died of AIDS.

“Brenda” consists of 200 4″ high ribbons, modeled after the iconic red ribbon representing AIDS awareness. But these ribbons are stiff and gray, encrusted with his friend Brenda’s cremains, and mounted in solemn rows on a wall.

He also made a gigantic hour glass which had the ashes of two of his friends who died of AIDS, the art work spreading the message ‘time is running out’.

Hour Glass by Barton Lidice Benes combines the ashes of two of his close friends, James Barden and Noel McBean, who died of AIDS-related causes within a few months of each other in 1995. James and Noel participated in discussions with Benes about the piece before their deaths, after seeing an earlier piece, titled Brenda, which consisted of iconic ribbons coated in Brenda’s ashes. The grey ashes within the over-sized glass timer are surprisingly fine and light coloured, and more shocking, do not seem sufficient for the remains of two men.

Another controversial work was ‘Lethal weapons’ which was made up of 30 vessels that included hypodermic needles, a water pistol, and HIV infected blood of him and others. Both these works were exhibited in the North Dakota Museum.

One of the pieces in the 30 piece artwork ‘Lethal Weapons’

Another piece from Lethal Weapons.

His works, though really bizarre and highly disturbing, its also deeply confronting and emotional.

Time Lapse and Trailing Lights.

I love experimenting Time lapse and Long exposure photography. And these two categories require a lot of PATIENCE to get the best results and yes as usual the first few tries might be a failure but you need to keep trying till you get a good shot. As for time lapse, the first and the last thing is PATIENCE. You might have to click more than 500 or 1000 pictures, edit them and then make them into a movie. Easy ha? No, imagine setting up your camera, waiting for hours to get the pictures, spending hours on editing them and then making them into a movie, its not something that is easy. Anyways, below is my FIRST experiment in timelapse. This was done one night when I was stuck at home and was pretty much jobless. I clicked 250 pictures and then made a movie( I know 250 is way too less, I promise I will make a better and a longer one soon)

Technical info :

Camera- Canon EOS 1000d

Exposure: f/3.5, 1/5 sec., ISO-800

And yes now for the long exposure picture. The picture below was taken right before i started the time lapse shoot.

Exposure: f/14, 10 sec., ISO-100

Light trails

Light trails

First photoshoot.

Last year I had done a photo shoot for one of my closest friends Aneka Valerian Dsouza, who is a witty and crazy girl. She wanted a few pictures of hers in the traditional Kerala wear, now Aneka is one person who is obsessed with the famous Kerala saree ( the white saree with the golden border) and also very shy in front of the camera.

Check out a few pictures from the shoot!

Equipment used: Canon EOS 1000d (My very first DSLR, which I use to learn more about photography)

Post Production: Slight Colour Correction in Lightroom

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Experiencing Art

There was a art workshop conducted by Ms. Sujata Dharap in Manipal University, Dubai Campus on 29th April. It was organized by the Interior Designing department in order to help us know more about art and to change our perception about art.

Truth be told, I was pretty much nervous before going for the workshop as it was my first art workshop and we were asked to bring paints and pastels. Paints and I never got along well in the past, so I was a bit tensed as to what we would be asked to do.

Now about the artist, Ms. Sujata Dharap is a very famous artist from India who has done around 22 shows and has designed 150 murals. She is a very simple and a jovial person who explained to us in simple terms what art meant to her and how we should conceive and perceive art in our own ways. Check out her work on her website – http://sujatadharap.com/

We were given a few exercises which helped in understanding more about shapes, textures and colours. The first exercise given to us was to draw random shapes with the same beginning and ending point and then we moved on to drawing faces and other shapes without lifting the pencils (this was the most interesting exercise in the whole workshop!)

The Random Shapes Exercise!

Doodle Time!

Also we played with pastels where we were asked to draw a landscape and to colour each element in the colour we like and not the original colour, i.e. She asked to colour give any colour to the leaves except green.

Then she gave us the last exercise where we were divided into groups of three and was asked to draw random lines, shapes, strokes etc and to paint and see meaning in it. Since Ms.Dharap believes in painting and seeing rather than seeing and painting. My team partners were my classmate Sneha Wadhwani and my best friend Anzuma Akther (who is just as bad at painting as I am). We were quite confused in the beginning as to what we should draw and how to paint. But then as we continued drawing we started getting ideas and those ideas developed more and helped us give meaning to each shape.

The abstract art piece

Then we put all the paintings together and Boy! what a sight that was! Though all our work was entirely different from each other, it looked like a long painting based on a theme. Check out the pic below!

And the final collage!

The criteria for these paintings were that we were only allowed to use the primary colours, black and white. This was one workshop I would never forgetwhich actually gave me confidence in trying my hand in painting!

Group photo session with artist Sujata Dharap