Self portraits on the new camera
Self portraits on the new camera
I take the 8:43 bus to work every morning. It’s the same bus each day, the same driver, same people, I even take the same seat. The people who wait for the bus at my stop, are the same as well. Once I’m on the bus, I quietly observe as the monotony unfolds. There’s an old man who greets me every morning, a kid who gets on at my stop and hopes that his friend gets in at the next stop, the kid’s friend who’s always running late and is seen sprinting across the road towards the bus, every single day! A pretty girl who sits across me and never once moves her gaze away from the phone, and an old lady who wouldn’t sit next to me even if the bus is full. These people right here, are my daily companions on the bus journey to work; well on the first part of my journey actually. Then the bus stops, and I’ve to run two hundred meters in 3 minutes if I want to catch the connecting bus, and hope not to die of a heart attack doing this. The next bus is pretty dull, it fills up quickly and once it does, every human on the bus looks down at the bright lights in their palms, and never once looks up. But yesterday, everything changed! There was a girl, looked around 25, she was tall and had a slender form, she wore black jeans and a blue sweater, her glasses made her look like an owl. She held a black handbag, her hair was brown and was tied up like a fountain. She didn’t have earphones plugged into her ears, didn’t look once at her phone. I thought she didn’t even have a phone. She just stared at the different faces consumed by bright lights. As my stop arrived, I thought to myself ‘what a beautiful day it has been’ and prepared to get off, and something unexpected happened. The pretty girl reached into her coat pocket and pulled out one of the bright light devices, plugged in her earphones, and in an instant she too was gone. I didn’t even know her name, yet I felt sad as I got off the bus; plugged in my earphones and started walking, looking at the bright lights in my palm.
My friend admiring a statue near Chateau du Versailles, France.
Lake near the Chateau du Versailles.
A walk in the garden, Versailles.
Portraits on the wall.
My friends and I made this film during our exams this year, and here’s the final output.
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My mind is a complete mess, it has always been! The entropy increases constantly and at times, I’m perplexed, trying to bring an order to all this chaos. I find it hard to decide upon what’s important, what’s not, things that I have to do, and the things that I want to do. There are just too many options lying around, and sometimes, I want to do them all. I don’t know if I can try to understand this chaos, but I sure would love to flow with it and see where it takes me!
It’s Autumn in France, and the gloomy weather sometimes amplifies the beauty of nature around us. This evening was no exception. I called my friend to tag along for a bicycle ride (we are riding buddies you see), he was too busy watching a stupid movie and was lazy to get out of the house in this cold weather. I had thought of clicking some portraits for him. I ended up riding alone and made few self portraits. Well, he missed his chance this time! The next time I call him, I’m sure he’ll be there!
Here are the pictures. All of them were taken using a Nikon D90, 50mm f1.8