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We are puppets pulling each other Strings

I decided to create this photograph on reading the book ‘The Fine Balance’ by Rohinton Mistry. It is based around 1975-77 when the then Prime Minister declared Emergency and all civil liberties stood frozen. Police could arrest anyone without trail and detain them for an infinite period. I could feel the helplessness of the main characters who were nothing but the puppets in the hands of politicians, police, bureaucrats and society.
The content of the book kept hovering in my mind for several days. Upon looking closely at our society I realized that we are all puppets in the hands of one another and the notion of ‘Free Will’ seemed like an illusion. With all the fuss over freedom and fundamental rights we all know that it is just a game of power in the end. But closely seeing even the most powerful is not free to do things he wants and the way he wants.

I have discontinued my 365 as I felt I am not learning anything and not producing what I want to. From last 5-6 photographs I have been creating photographs from scratch. From just an idea to a sketch to taking individual photographs and the finally making it in photoshop. I have been pretty happy seeing that I have now 5 sketches which are now finished photographs.

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A New Idea

A New Idea by Abhey Singh
A New Idea, a photo by Abhey Singh on Flickr.

Routine makes you rigid like a dry tree. It kills the naughty child within who questions all random happenings. You keep doing same thing again and again everyday and forget why you were doing it in the first place. It reduces a human being to a machine. By my experiences so far I have realized that new innovative ideas only comes to you when you maintain a balance between everyday’s work and free time. Too much of free time too can render you to a limited mental space. Most of the jobs in today’s world don’t need you to think. You just need to work like a machine.

I felt the same feeling at my workplace. I was struggling to balance the routine job and photography. Former requires doing exactly as you are told and latter to think without any limitation. That is when I got this idea of showing myself turned to a rigid and still tree with budding twig showing ‘ a new idea’.

I have decided to be more thorough with my photographs from now on. It also gives me time to learn new techniques to improve upon my knowledge. Also I am working to earn my livelihood, it takes 4-5 days to complete 1 photograph. The 365 project will be more of a 52 weeks project from now on. I have already lined up 3-4 ideas. Quite excited about few of them.
Suggestions and feedback welcomed.

181. Inside me

inside me by Abhey Singh
inside me, a photo by Abhey Singh on Flickr.

A lot and lot of photoshop. Trying to learn new types of editing. It is a direct reproduction of the tutorial I read in a magazine. It took a lot of time and patience was the key ūüôā

179. Neighbourhood of Sun

Neighbourhood of Sun by Abhey Singh
Neighbourhood of Sun, a photo by Abhey Singh on Flickr.

‚ÄúOnly those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.‚ÄĚ
~ T.S. Eliot

I read this quote in the newspaper and I felt it so strongly that I made a sketch of what came to my mind. After 1 month as I was going through some papers I saw that sketch and decided that I will make it into a photograph. The rest is here ūüôā

The sketch:

178. Evening-Walk

Evening-Walk by Abhey Singh
Evening-Walk, a photo by Abhey Singh on Flickr.

I got this idea while seeing some artwork on Tumblr which used a 3-D installation of a cloud in a room. My mind connected the random thoughts of the day and I got the idea of making an umbrella of cloud. This special type of umbrella will not protect you from rain but it will provide rain. I drew a very neat sketch of the idea first and then worked for hours in editing to finally get what I wanted. I have decided to make neat and detailed artworks from now on and I hope this is the right start.

132. One who sees Everything

“A single chair in the corner of a dark balcony,
And a lot of windows watch me”
~Fatima Naoot

What is this old lady thinking? Does she want to talk? Or she just want to watch.

Must see here on Flickr as it looks superb on black background

Photography has given me a lot of wonderful experiences. You talk to unknown strangers without any context, without any judgement. you just talk. I was a little apprehensive about  going close to her and taking the photograph. I thought she would refuse. I was taking a long distance photograph when she called me.

She was speaking Marathi I guess and I din’t understand a single word she said. But I felt connected to her. It was like she was searching for someone to talk.

I just listened to her and took photographs. She was not nervous.

There are some photography tips I learnt from this photograph. I think you will benefit from them too.

1. The placement of subject: I cropped the upper portion to allow more of the wall in the lower portion. This shifted the weight to the upper side and now you feel that you are looking up.

2. The color: I added some texture on the background of the balcony. The blue color of the background gave the depth to the photograph. It gave the lady a push and a color contrast.

128. I did it My Way

“Old men’s eyes are like old men’s memories; they are strongest for things a long way off”

GEORGE ELIOT

See on Flickr for a better view

I took this photograph at Lakeside, IITB. I like to capture static frames. When you just sit at a place, let your mind loose, enjoy the silence. It shows ‘growing old’ in a very positive manner. Not for the death but for the life you have lived. For all the stories and adventures lived. This song My Way¬†sung by Frank Sinatra just says everything I want to say by this photograph.

“And now, the end is here¬†
And so I face the final curtain 
My friend, I’ll say it clear¬†
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain¬†
I’ve lived a life that’s full¬†
I traveled each and ev’ry highway¬†
And more, much more than this, I did it my way 

Regrets, I’ve had a few¬†
But then again, too few to mention 
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption 
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway 
And more, much more than this, I did it my way 

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew¬†
When I bit off more than I could chew 
But through it all, when there was doubt 
I ate it up and spit it out 
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way 

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried¬†
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing¬†
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing 
To think I did all that 
And may I say, not in a shy way, 
“Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way”¬†

For what is a man, what has he got? 
If not himself, then he has naught 
To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels 
The record shows I took the blows and did it my way! 

Yes, it was my way”

I have decided to start again my old style of showing how a photograph is made.

1. I observed this old man sitting near the lake, just lost in his thoughts. I took the initial trial photograph to see the exposure and the make up for the difference between what you see in Camera and what appears to your eyes.

2. The contrast was good but the highlights appeared too much washed out. So I removed the sky by changing the vantage point.

3. It was better than previous one but not something which stands out. So I decided to make use of some surrounding features. I clicked one frame using a tree to make a frame and another one through the grass.

4. I liked the one taken though grass. The placing of grass on right side was intentional to balance the weight of the photograph. The use of grass led to a new idea of clicking through a lower angle showing more of the out of focus grass.

5. After editing it in Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5, adding some textures, I got my final photograph.

I also edited one other photograph as it was also impactful.

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