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Ganesh H Shankar
Missed Monsoon
Life has been very hectic these days. After a long time I went to TG Halli hoping to do some macro photography today morning. Unfortunately it is all dry there thanks to failure of monsoon so far. I was not sure what to shoot and finally decided to focus on the dry twigs and dry grass blades etc to emphasize missed monsoon. Everything seem to be looking up with hope, while some lost it already. Here is an attempt at conveying the missed monsoon mood. A few more here.

I just posted a related discussion thread in the forum here.
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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:02 pm

That poor twig / branch though being on the top and expected to feel fresh from the first cool drops of monsoon rain unfortunately turned out to be the one to bid adieu before it's time. The stretch of the web still narrates the story of life which was put to an abrupt end, now soon all strings would be freed, attachments would be gone, a new one will grow and the story will repeat itself. What a concept Ganshi !!!! Just what a concept !!!! Now this is bloody image making, this is creativity.....Outstanding dear, love you for this.

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Commentby Nilanjan Das on Sun Jul 22, 2012 2:05 pm

Even those branches on top are making me imagine as if am hearing a scream, an intense cry seeing an untimely death. Loved the Caption too. THE MISSED MONSOON...... :-) :-), it was great to see a very meaningful image in CNP after a while.

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Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Sun Jul 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Hey Nilanjan, thanks for your views. Nice to know it touched your senses too. While abstract portrayals like this could be one of the paths to art in nature photography the question of subjectivity haunts me often. I was/am not sure how many of us could relate and respond to such abstractions. How can we make such creations more definitive without diluting the artistic merits of the image ? How can we use elements of nature to make it more relatable in abstract way ? No easy answers there.. My related comment to Adithya's image here. Would love to hear your thoughts..

I just posted a related discussion thread in the forum here.

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Commentby Prashanth Sampagar on Sun Jul 22, 2012 5:10 pm

Very thoughtfully made image, Ganesh! It looks like the upper twig is craving for rain. Very effectively conveys the message. The situation is same everywhere, I happened to visit western ghats last week, and situation is similar there as well.

Commentby Rajkumar on Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:35 am

Definitely conveys crest fallen. Given up. Reaching out. Hanging in there on a thread. Past and future seems to fade away.

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Commentby dinesh.ramarao on Mon Jul 23, 2012 3:47 pm

Ganesh, Had you not titled this image, would this image be impressive as it is now ? I am not sure if i would have related this to waiting for the rains by those twigs. It is difficult to imaging now, as some thoughts have grown already in my mind about monsoon and these twigs. However, harder i think, i tend to think this as three individuals, one is trying to break away from the other and leaning for the third one on right ? Visually, it appeals a lot for me had you not titled ? A good example for leaving things untitled and making viewers minds grow on the image ?
-RD

Commentby Ganesh H Shankar on Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:10 pm

RD, that is exactly my point about the subjectivity and hence the related thread in the forum. While a some subjectivity or openness is desirable I think it can't be orthogonal. Is "Chair by Her Bed' as referred in the noted thread above is wide open ? I think we all can relate to it in a similar way. Won't it be possible to learn a definitive language of expression if we have to pursue nature photography as an art form ?

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Commentby madhavjois on Mon Jul 23, 2012 9:58 pm

Master, three days ago I was in Chikmagalur, visiting couple of waterfalls. It is little better over there, lush green with some rains. I too sincerely hope for monsoon showers. Also, I just wanted to say that we share your pain.

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Commentby Pramod Viswanath on Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:29 pm

Hmm I can very much relate to what you are saying w.r.t TGH as well as monsoon. I just admire your ingenuity of creating images and making art from nothing. This image is no exception. Conveys the mood so well !

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Commentby nevilzaveri on Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:37 pm

another great series, ganesh, so intense 'n thought provoking. love the way each tells the story of 'almost lost hope in waiting', with the last one 'young, innocent, less experienced 'n most optimist'!

tfs. regards.

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Commentby Hrishikesh N on Wed Jul 25, 2012 1:39 pm

Very Thought provoking series..... kicks up a mixed overwhelming emotion... The Series carves a feeling of "Each day passed without rain...." in the mind.

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