Tying the (sari) knot

Last weekend I had the honor and to witness and photograph the wedding of my dear friend, Braja Mandali Priya. The bright colors and gorgeous outfits and sights of India stood as a stark contrast to the quaint setting of an Alachua county farm in central Florida. Below is just a small teaser of the full album. I hope it gives a small glimpse of the celebration, love and beauty that surrounded the wedding ceremony.

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Dance & Dance

After months of not touching my camera, I finally found reason to last weekend. I’m integrating photography and videography into a branding project I’m doing for a class project.

I wanted to capture the mood of this dance style, Bharatanatyam, through the grace and beauty pictured by the environment that frames the dancer. It’s a bit of a different approach to photographing dancers “outside of their stage”. Stay tuned, there will me more videos and photos uploaded soon!

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The Difference of Cinema

I have something special for you today; finally a quality post. Some real photography, and not just close ups of berries or anything like that..! The 12 images below are just 12 of 600+ other “film stills” of a one-minute stop motion animation I made. Until I find a way to convert my swf flash file into something the internet accepts, i’ll just share these photos with you.

The video, although meant to be more of an animation project was, not surprisingly, turned into a photography project. These images are inspired by a previous series of photos I did over a year ago (see here and here). As you can see, i’ve been thoroughly exploring the element of glass and reflection in my photos for some time now.

The concept behind the video is very broad but deals with the idea of a person’s perception of reality and how it’s completely warped and distorted by our own perceptions. We all see our world through our own lens, and sometimes it might be clean and clear, and sometimes it completely covered over.

I hope you can experience a similar meaning when looking through these few photos. Keep on the watch out for more posts; I hope to start updating this blog regularly soon! :)

It’s all about what you’re willing to see. Our perception is our reality.

Day 19: Henna-Hands

So so close. After this, just one more photo left. Also, this is mehndi, henna. It’s like tatoo-ing, except its temporary, natural, and full of paisleys . My roommate did this amazing masterpiece on my hand last night as my birthday gift. It only took about 2 hours and some insane talent, nbd. Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked about it. And wished it was a real tattoo.

Also, this is my 200th post and i now have a total of 90 subscribers. now that’s incredible.

 

Day 06: Make a Mirror out of Anything

Posted twice today (since I missed yesterday). After fumbling around for a while trying to take a boring ol’ self portrait I discovered something magical in reflections! I’ve used this technique a couple times before, but this is the first time I’ve actually been able to (partly) capture my own face in it. The magic ingredients is a piece of glass (used my lens filter), the right lighting (sunlight from my window) and the right angle (pointed towards me and angled towards the light).

It’s definitely a really interesting technique, that if I either I had another person help me hold the lens or if I had 10 feet long arms I could have more flexibility with, but for now I’m happy with how it turned out. I used NO photo manipulation or double exposure for this. This is pretty much how I took it; straight from the camera (with minimal color changes done to it).

So. Phew. day 6 done. This has got to be some kind of record. (except forget that I’ve gotten to past day 120 with my other project…)

Whatever you look at will always be looking back at you

The GLAMOUR India Series

Since I’m just posting older work right now, I’ll take advantage of this time to show you my first serious photography work. This was back in April, and it was my first series: GLAMOUR India.

I’d say this was the beginning of a more serious interest in portraiture and in photographic work in general. Since then, I’ve done one other series work (i’ll post up in a few days) but no other serious work besides my 365 project. Especially no serious portraiture, which is something I’d really enjoy getting back into again.

This was probably one of the funnest shoots I’ve done, too. The costumes, lights, colors, people – how could you not have fun with such a Glamorous photo shoot like this one?

Also, this was done before I had my DSLR camera. It was all with my trusty ol ‘point and shoot’ powershot camera ;).

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