While this piece of writing may sound like too sour grapes and ruffle a few feathers, i hope it provides a moment of introspection into where we Photographers are really at now. Crossroads or Pathless?Read More
Cities develope due to the sole aim of economics. Providing manufacturing and financial hubs the attract people in the millions towards a dream of a “settled” life and one that is materialistically fulfilling.
However, cities are really a hub of insatiable greed. They never fulfil anything because the spin is a never ending spiral.
They end up being a generators of filth, muck & a life of extreme alienation.
Servants working in Luxury homes, go back to their breathless spaces.
People working in Luxury offices have to enter the Chaos of traffic and crumbling infrastructure.
Creating comfort spaces in uncomfortable environments.
And you know what? we are all ok with this….
Dreams are no longer shattered…. they are distorted and morphed to the extent that one looses ones own identity.
Cities are essentially a very potent mix of everything life has to offer.
While we all live in the enchantment and illusion of progress, the city’s cancer spreads. Look into its behaviour and attributes and you’ll see its not different from the Emperor of all Maladies.
AS I type I see that there is a sense of accepting things that were previously unacceptable. But in the interest of what?
As we approached the Australian Continent from its north western side, I peered out of the aircraft window to spot the great australian dessert. Much to my disappointment there was a thick cottony layer of cloud covering the entire 5 hour flight across.
As we started our decent, probably over the blue mountain hills, there was a dramatic clearing of the clouds. There began our 16 day experience of pure magical light.
Sometimes we take light for granted and don't realise there are so many changes depending on the time, place and season we are in. As a photographer, especially one been tutored by the great Iqbal Mohamed, its but natural to ogle at light in its different renditions. Taking pictures on clear haze free day is a privilege we photographers in a tropical, haze and pollution ridden zone dream off everyday.
The sun-light at this time of the year has a very sharp quality. Much like the light we get at hill stations when the atmosphere is clear.
Being an automotive specialist and having done most of my work outdoors, I noticed the overall contrast appears to be much greater. This is very natural. The surprise was that despite the contrast there was a large fill of soft light. This came from the open sky which had enough light left to act as a fill. This had got to be the car photographer paradise, I thought to myself.
Light, sometimes I feel, is like a culture. So many hues and shades differ. There's a new thing to observe and learn. It sometimes influences you creatively. What it did to me was that I began composing my frames differently. The textures, contrasts and hues make you want to say a different story.
Cant forget a sight we experienced while driving. Sharp, warm and angular Sun cutting through Rain with Green Grass meadows and trees as a backdrop. Greens spotted with warm vertical streaks of sun kissed drops. Still can't get it out of my mind. An image missed on camera captured forever by the mind.
Below are a few pictures taken during my trip as I enjoyed the light&life in Sydney. Very little Raw processing adjustments done to make it look like it did to the eye.