Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Thaipusam Guide
In trance

One of the biggest festivals in the country Thaipusam is just days away. It is also perhaps one of the most photographed event and one year there was probably more photographers than devotees ;p

Anyway since I became a photographer and started shooting the event I realised a few things which I probably should have written about years ago but anyway here it is.

A photographers survival guide to Thaipusam

1 Respect the religion

By god's grace In trance

Yes its crowded you wanna get your shot but getting it after disrespecting their customs is really not the way to go at it. Don’t walk over offerings placed on the ground, do not block their way and perhaps getting a crash course on the customs will help – google for info.

2 Observe and shoot

Cleansing to fulfill vows

Those kavadis are huge and heavy – and most of the time they’re in a trance – so don’t ask them to pose – we’re not responsible if you get scratched.

3 The sudden dances

In action Cleansing

The kavadi bearers tend to burst into dance in seconds – so watch carefully if you’re too close and the moment they do the best thing to do is squat or go as low as possible.

4 Respect wishes

The wind blows away beauty In trance

If someone refuses to be photographed walk on – there are many eager ones who are more than willing to be photographed.

5 Watch your surroundings

Piercing the human skin

It’s moderately safe but if you don’t look at who you’re standing next to or where you’re at – you might become a petty theft victim. So be street smart and secure your bag at all times.

6 Eat and drink properly

Aum Hooked

Lack of nourishment coupled with the immense crowds – you’re a plump target to fainting.

7 Its a team effort

Light Chariot in the dark

So don’t get in between the people standing next to the kavadi – they’re there to support the devotee mentally and physically

8 You’re not allowed to hang around the stairs
Bless me

It’s crowded and too small – so be practical and give space or one of the rela person is gonna scream your head off.

9 Don’t push others

Especially fellow photographers – are you in a race or something? Does your life depend on it? No right? Take a chill pill people ;)

10 Explore

Try different compositions and feel the moment – most of all have fun.
Have fun shooting this weekend ;)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010
Inniya Ponggal Nalvalthukal
Inniya Ponggal Nalvalthukal

Happy ponggal everyone ;)

Ponggal is the indian harvest festival thanking god, the sun for a bountiful harvest - people gather and cook sweet rice on this occasion ;)

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Monday, January 11, 2010
2009 recap @2
Beauty in Destruction in/Visible

Continuing from the first half of my 2009 recap, the 2 events that were probably the highlight of the year was my travel photography exhibitions at KLPAC. Beauty in Destruction took place for 2 weeks in April on Cambodia While in/Visible was held in June for 4 weeks and focused on Malaysia. At the end of it 3 of the exhibited photos now are proudly owned by some lovely people. A few weeks later my photos were published and selected to appear in the digital exhibition during Klue's Urbanscapes 2009.

Published 2009 - 08
This particular photo which has always been my favourite shot and was exhibited in KLPAC was used in an ad for the Agathians Shelter. So if you're looking to contribute to a home you know where to head.

Mid of 2009 was absolutely crazy, while preparing for the exhibitions I was shooting and designing a dance potrait shoot and brochure. Which was followed by the event shooting itself days before launching the second exhibition.

Playing the waiting game Enna thavam seithenei Paal Vadiyum mugam

Precision Radiant “Oh Krishna how did you enter my heart and enslaved me? Serene

Arangetram brochure - Lavin - back

Selected potraits done throughout the year.
The violinist
Bling Green gal Aargggggggggggggggggg

real or fiction? @ rapunzel Jeweled

Kervin Urban fashion Kervin Love quiet Blowing Kisses see no evil Aged Dancing

Getting invited to shoot a school in India was quite a surprise but as expected it was an amazing experience. I'm still missing the little innocent faces at King's Matriculation, Thirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India.

Pre-schooler The future Yoga

These photos are pretty special for me as I have always wanted to shoot newborn babies, expecially the photo of those little feet. So another thing of my most shoot list ;p

Ecstacy Pink Safe

Last but not least the weddings, engagements, dinners, pre-weddings, wedding games, nalanggu's and more for the year. Beautiful moments and some lovely results. the first photo is my absolute fav photo of the year for its uniqueness. And even a golden wedding.

Bridal reflections

Love in the present Beautiful Light trail A union of hearts Beautiful I got ya

Anywhere else???? What did I sign myself into? Happily married ;p Glow of a bride Gorgeous Magic Love You're invited! I garland thy Together Flowery frame Joy

Now that officially wraps my recap of 2009. Phew. ;)

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