I do not live in my village. Neither I get to spend time there any more. But there are days when the news comes like the fresh winds after Rains. That grandfather is calling. He turned 101 this month. And well who knows he could be even more or less as there was no way to document it in those days. On paper he was born in 1921.
Photography has become like that elusive rain for me. I have stopped photographing like I used to. I do not use any of my three cameras and 8 old-world manual Nikon lenses anymore, that I had carefully and proudly bought. It was through my 20mm and 35mm lenses that I taught myself to photograph day in and day out. To an extent I always felt a sense of belongingness that they knew what I want to see every single moment and day of my outing with them. But times strangely changed or did I?
More after I started using ‘Road to Nara’- my blog as a platform to my expressions. And I don’t remember I have carried my camera ever since. Rather all the images I make is by my phone which is really basic in the ocean of better picture cameras. Is it because I am writing more or have I become lazy rather comfortable with the size and weight I have to carry around me? That surely could be one reason. As I have always loved walking with only a pen and a torn page or at most a diary on walks. It could also be the plethora of images that are shoved in our faces today from everywhere that it was a setback in ways of embarrassing myself of being known as ‘yet another’.
But lately, I have been thinking of taking up image making again and working on Videos more seriously. Why I ask? May be because I can. I have been doing it and there should be no way of running from it just now. Not when it matters. Not just to you, but to each every individual who wants to see something valuable, something insightful and informative. More than that I can even craft it beautifully. The time is rather now than it will be ever in future. And like coming of that elusive rain on a hot day, I love to see what I create still as It quenches my thirst just like writing does.
It can be a great discussion. And I would love to know and learn from my co-travellers here what they think of today’s times? How you think of Photography when it is so accessible that it has become a mass commodity. Does it evoke the same pleasure? To the one who is making it or even that one who is constantly seeing it. It would be great to hear and understand the meaning of Photography in today’s times?
Meanwhile, a glimpse from my village last week, Welcome.
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If today is the first time you have arrived on The Road to Nara, you are heartily welcome ~ Namaste
If you have any suggestions, please write in the comment box or feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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I will take this opportunity to introduce you to About me and importantly;
As a co-traveller, my Ten Learnings from several years on the road, before you coarse on your own Road to Nara.
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