Recent 25 Comments by falakvasa


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Commented on 24 Aug 2015 18:19:29

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Image by : Ganesh H Shankar

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Ganesh - I may not have an answer to your question about the point of view he takes but I appreciate longer discussions more than short comments, and will take this opportunity to quote directly from the text to throw more light on what this image made me think of for quite some time. "We then cast our glance forward far into the future, and try to picture to ourselves future generations with the millions of their individuals in the strange form of their customs and aspirations. Where are they now? Where is the abundant womb of that nothing which is pregnant with worlds, and which still conceals them, the coming generations? Would not the smiling and true answer to this be: where else could they be but there where alone the real always was and will be, namely in the present and its content?- hence with you, the deluded questioner, who in this mistaking of his own true nature is like the leaf on the tree. Fading in the autumn and about to fall, this leaf grieves over its own extinction, and will not be consoled by looking forward to the fresh green which will clothe the tree in spring, but says as a lament: "I am not these! These are quite different leaves!" Oh foolish leaf! Whither do you want to go? And whence are the others supposed to come? Where is the nothing, the abyss of which you fear? Know your own being, precisely that which is so filled with the thirst for existence; recognize it once more in the inner, mysterious, sprouting force of the tree." - The World as Will and Representation, book 4, "on death and its relation to the indestructibility of our inner nature" I think this direct quote explains better what I wanted to say than my own words.

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Commented on 19 Aug 2015 11:44:02

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This is beautiful. It makes me think of Schopenhauer's philosophy when he talks about 'world will' and how nature always finds a way to continue to exist; and that the death of a leaf is of no consequence for it is replaced by another. Similarly, the lives of humans are inconsequential for our essence always exists. He says, "Death is to a species what sleep is to an individual". The marks symbolize the ignorance of man for me, for an ignorant man strives for immortality and in his struggle, fails. All he can do is stain the truth, never become it. The leaf, due to its dearth of intellect, becomes truth. It is immortal because it does not fear death. It is immortal for it lacks the intellect we humans prize. It is immortal for it lives by the laws of nature.

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Commented on 03 Jul 2015 23:28:15

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Ganesh, thank you. I will be sure to print this! Hrishikesh, I agree, thank you for your feedback. Nirlep - You're too kind, and wise. The journey to reaching a point where capturing the easily perceptible becomes almost arduous, is indeed interesting. As our mind develops and asks more complicated questions, the images that come out as answers become less and less defined/comprehensive. Someone told me, if you already know the answer to a question, ask a different question. And the answers to those are what interest me most. Thank you for all your kind words.

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Commented on 03 Jul 2015 00:01:18

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Hi Ganesh, the trip was my best so far. Dhikala has a way of penetrating into your soul. The background trees are indeed the ones in Dhikala. I did some experiments with the varying colors of the grassland and will be uploading one soon.

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Commented on 03 Dec 2014 20:15:57

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The title interests me a lot because I'm currently reading the book Utopia itself. It's interesting how the term was originally invented not to talk of a perfect world, but to actually critique present-day society. It was people's perception that made it seem like a perfect world. In fact, Utopia actually had several flaws. But because it was foreign, unknown, it was rejected as being unreal. Then it becomes more about how we alienate ourselves from foreign things. In the image too, imperfection or alienation makes us feel comfortable. But show somebody a huge perfectly symmetrical pattern of leaves and they will try to find that irregularity; that imperfection that makes it real. What's even more ironic is that we chase this idea of perfection; as seen in architecture or elsewhere. Sorry for the rant, but the image speaks of a lot of things that I can really connect with. Great stuff.

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Commented on 03 Dec 2014 20:05:39

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Thank you for your kind words, everyone. Shivang sir, that's a very interesting way to think about it - tile design. It also plays with the texture then. The juxtaposition of something as rough as bark with something as smooth and polished as tiles. Dinesh sir, that's an interesting question too. I think we are bound by thinking in rectangles in the visual arts. I had actually imagined these as a sculpture with the photos being stuck on the inside of a big cylinder that people could walk into; to play off being inside a tree, instead of looking at them as an outsider. Would love to know further suggestions on this.

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Commented on 11 Oct 2014 13:41:10

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Love the poetics going on here. It's simple, yet direct. Despite having a definite meaning (that of a bird building a nest), it leaves plenty of room for the mind to wander.

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Commented on 14 Sep 2014 19:37:27

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Sure! This was part of one of my assignments and is basically directed at showing the interaction between society and nature. I was influenced by the surrealism movement of the painters and decided to play around a little, hence, the plant operating the laptop. The shadow was meant to signify the passage of time and how nature or our forests are transitioning into civilization (right to left).

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Commented on 03 Aug 2014 10:31:24

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Hey Arvind, Yes, I had actually been unable to catch any sleep for a few days in a row, like an insomniac, and would stay up the whole night looking out of the window in deep thought. On all the days, I would start feeling lonely and these pigeons would be the first ones to accompany me. The blues are because this was shot very very late in the night at about 4 AM. Hence, the image and the title.

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Commented on 01 Aug 2014 23:55:57

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Lovely mood to this image, Swapnil. The caption goes very well. I can also see it as leaving behind a painful past and entering a hopeful future. However, the stone on the right is distracting a lot. The eye moves to it before the tiger. Maybe clone it out? Good stuff. :)

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Commented on 01 Aug 2014 23:52:20

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Daanish, brilliant work. Must've been a magical moment to witness. You've depicted it just as well. Though it does seem a bit over-processed. Maybe just reduce the temperature a tad?

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Commented on 01 Aug 2014 23:40:48

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This is brilliant. What I find most intriguing is that the posture itself denotes the emotion of consolation. Whereas in reality, he is probably scratching the other. How important it is to develop an understanding of forms and human psychology to create such images! The blur adds a lot in that it lets the image grow in different directions. Very well seen.

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Commented on 18 Jul 2014 10:54:01

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Thank you, Nirlep sir. The idea was to represent the popular Chinese symbol, Yin and Yang. When I saw these frogs from above alongwith the shadow on the water, I could envision this. And with all the mental commotion that never leaves my mind, this symbol has always held true for me. Just an attempt to represent the same. :)

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Commented on 19 Jun 2014 09:18:50

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Amazing seeing! Representing a tiger as a goldfish. Genius. The reflection to its right also gives a sense of the goldfish swimming. Brilliant stuff!

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Commented on 13 Jun 2014 21:42:15

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Thank you all for the appreciation. I tried cropping to exclude the body of the peacock and found that it impacts the image quite a bit, in a positive way. Adding noise also adds a lot of character. Thanks for your suggestions!

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Commented on 09 Jun 2014 04:45:36

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It is indeed a reflection of my state of mind, unfortunately. Just have to be strong. :) I've kept the shadows as such purposely. Wanted to show how I have an overview of the future but it is still predominantly unknown. Agree with the crest adding dynamism to the image. Glad you liked it. :D

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Commented on 21 Apr 2014 06:48:56

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I absolutely love the post-processing on this one, Swapnil. The emotion conveyed is very strong. The only thing that might have made this image even better in my opinion is the exclusion of the structure on the bottom right. Cropping it would ruin the feel though. But the emotion conveyed is so strong, the eye barely cares to notice any distractions the first time I see it. :)

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Commented on 15 Apr 2014 08:06:43

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Thank you for your inputs, sir. I agree when you say that the limit for processing depends on your own set standards and that it is important we know why we process anything in a certain way. The aim was to make the image high-key but I could probably reduce the brightness a bit and still retain what I want the image to look like. Thank you for the advice!

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Commented on 15 Apr 2014 07:57:42

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I feel that it is very important for us as human beings and as photographers to try and rid ourselves of the obsessive hunt for order and chaos in everything we see. I will speak for myself and say that my mind usually tries to categorize everything I see into 'order' or 'chaos'. Maybe it is inherent in us. But sometimes I feel that it hampers my vision as this series of photographs clearly proves. I feel that we need to look beyond this obsession and accept that some things, especially in Nature, are neither created orderly nor in a chaotic way. Things are just the way they are; there is perfection in their imperfection; and if we start accepting and appreciating that, I think we would go far not only in image making but in our love for nature. This series will probably make me stop and think twice when I see something and try to categorize it, in the future. I love this series especially for this reason. It defies all establishment or rules. I also love the use of negative space in some of the images. For reasons I can't entirely describe, the second last picture is my favourite, perhaps for the complete lack of order/chaos. It's always a privilege having a glimpse of the thoughts that go behind your work, please do share what your thoughts are too. :)

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Commented on 13 Apr 2014 05:30:23

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Really well visualized! Positioning of the eyes is perfect and I feel the imperfection of the smile works well here. The vignette also adds in my opinion. How about making it high key and blowing out the background? Just wondering how it would look! :)

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Commented on 13 Apr 2014 05:27:44

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Hi Swapnil, Thanks for your feedback! I deliberately decided not to darken it, in fact I brightened it to give it a dreamy feel. Maybe I should have reduced contrast to magnify the effect. I tried making it darker, and it gives it a more nightmarish look, which works in a way, perhaps it is also more suited to the caption. Thanks again! :)

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Commented on 15 Mar 2014 02:00:49

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Ganesh - thank you so much for your golden words of advice. I'll never forget these words - "The day you start making images for others is the day you pack your camera as well". For young photographers like me, it is actually very difficult to ignore most people's opinions but it is only forums like CNP that replenish my self-belief time and again that enables me to only shoot for myself without thinking about how people might receive the work. Thank you for the same. Nevil - thank you for your kind words. :)

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Commented on 14 Mar 2014 06:56:02

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Very nice frame this. I love how all three stilts have different postures. The one on the left adds the most to the frame. But the turbulence of the water on top is a bit of a distraction. And my eyes want to see more space to the left of the leftmost stilt. Amazing shot nonetheless! :)

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Commented on 14 Mar 2014 06:48:45

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Great perspective this. Gives a very very strong conservational message. The caption is spot-on as well. I would leave the feet of the elephant uncropped though.

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Commented on 21 Feb 2014 11:01:54

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Adithya and Nirlep sir, thank you so much for your valuable feedback. I joined CNP to hone these raw visions that I have and I grow as an artist every time I post here and hear from great minds like you. I didn't notice earlier the amount of attention the pole was taking but now I clearly do. I will try to balance out the presence of nature and civilization to intensify the impact I want the image to make in the future. I also agree with more contrast required in the image. Maybe I could have waited for a person to pass by; that would have made for a more dynamic frame. Will try it next time.