Expressions

The many faces of Lady Liberty

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A couple of months back I did get to visit Lady Liberty. And though denied the regular visit to the Island (Thanks to renovations due to Sandy), I still went on a ferry ride and went berserk with my camera.  Here are some of them.

1. The sky, the clouds and she…

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2. A side profile you can see

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3. A bad day at New York maybe? 

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 4. This one focuses on just her and her individuality

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5. Symbol of freedom for eternity

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6. Did you take time to get to know her personally ?

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Do tell me, which one spoke to you at least slightly? 🙂 

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Expressions III

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When people have no idea they are being photographed – their expressions are so genuine and reflective of their thoughts. The idea is obviously not to stalk people here – but capture those with interesting expressions.

In my third post I’ve tried to catch expressions of people who were at work. I try to give you the story and situation in which I took the picture as much as I remember. Concentration, focus and sometimes a bit of self-consciousness and inhibitions are mirrored here.

This lady – a palm reader (note the long stick and the cowrie shells nearby) did not even bat an eyelid when I took her picture. Instead she stared at me rather defiantly, almost goading me to click the picture. I wonder what she thought of my future then!

Sweet biz – rather sour!

This forlorn vendor, selling sweets, had a faraway look in his eyes as he waited for customers to help him make his livelihood. Standing right in between the ‘knotted’ fishing nets and the free spirited waves – he seems to figuratively observe his own life.

Where are my parents?

This child, temporarily separated from his parents, was currently involved in the job of searching for them. The look in his eyes – the angst and the thumb-sucking pose to boost his courage is what drew me to click this one.

Weaving a better future..

Staying on the topic of children, this girl intensely observing her grandfather’s concentration at the loom, knew exactly what her role as assistant was. She was silent, read his every need and continuously kept rhythm with the clacking of the loom.

Sculpting and Pottery

Once he was done with his session at the potter’s wheel, this worker in his clay-splattered clothes, sat down to make dies of different patterns to emboss on his pots. He was oblivious to the crowd around him, as we lapped up his instant spontaneity in designs.

Smiling basket weaver

The Smiling basket weaver, was all coy and smiles when she saw me looking at her through my lens. Her pleasant expression became rather unpleasant – when she realized I was not going to purchase her newly woven  baskets!

The Kilijosiyar (Kili = parrot + Josiyar = astrologer)

This kilijosiyar had just set up shop – can you spot the parrots in the cage? On request, he would ask the parrots to pick up a card for you from his stack, and proceed to interpret your future based on the picture that the parrot chose.

 

Immersed in his book, the fortune teller seems to have decided to ignore the future, the parrots and the girl taking his photo!

 

Expressions – II

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When people have no idea they are being photographed – their expressions are so genuine and reflective of their thoughts. The idea is obviously not to stalk people here – but capture those with interesting expressions.

In my second post I’ve tried to catch expressions of people who were by themselves and not part of a group. I try to give you the story and situation in which I took the picture as much as I remember. Some of these pictures were taken at the beach, bus stop, railway station, and even a passerby on a road.

Old man with a hard expression...

When I first saw this man staring at some other passer – by, I actually felt he was a wicked person. Like the people they cast in movies, passing of as a feeble old man but actually conniving with equal venom and strength as someone half his age. The more I looked at him, I felt almost scared when I saw his eyes. Then I tried to reason with myself and thought maybe he was stressed, or owed someone a lot of money, or maybe he was just judging a stranger. This picture was taken at a bus stand in Tirupathi. 

Deep in thought

This elderly gentleman was sitting by himself at the beach and just staring stoically at the waves. He was not concerned about the people around him, and seemed comfortable in his   own company. Somehow he seemed to be very relaxed, almost meditative and I do like his pose.

Restricted bed

A hard night’s labor? Sleeping away some worries? I did not know how this man tuned out the rest of the world, the simultaneous blaring horns of about 25 buses and still enjoy a peaceful slumber in what looks to be a real constricted sort of space for a full grown adult. Guess he really needed that siesta. 

Walking slowly but rushing to grab a cup of coffee

I took this picture when I got off the train for a break. It was early morning and all the passengers needed to stretch out a bit and warm up with some kind of a beverage. This old man was all concentration as he made his way with a stick for support, not wanting to leave behind his precious luggage that he was carrying in the other hand. Though he was walking slowly, it was obvious he was trying to rush ‘within his own limits’ , get a coffee and get back into the train. Whether he succeeded I do not know, for I had to get back to my compartment soon.

Curious by-stander

This man was watching a sale that was happening on the opposite side of the road, rather fervently. Was he the owner of the pavement shop? I’m not really sure.

Was he happy with the deal his assistant made with the customer? Those seem to be his thoughts as he stands there, oblivious to my clicking him. I do like the shadow of the bicycle as well in this picture.

The needy

This man – I guess a beggar, lost in thought, trudged along barefoot at the Marina unmindful of the crowds around him that were laughing, eating and having a good time. Though he did not actually ask anyone anything – I’m quite sure he was looking for something he had lost. Food? Money? Affection of a loved one?

yearning youngster

 Talking about affection I wind up with this picture – A picture I have actually used in an earlier blog. This youngster checked his mobile as frequently as you blink! Money from home?  Good news about his job? Admission into college of his choice? A text from his girl? Call me unimaginative but I think I might go with the last option.

Well, this brings me to the end of my second post under expressions. I hope to find more interesting people with wonderful expressions to record. They have no idea how special they are, when their mask is lowered!

Expressions – I

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When people have no idea they are being photographed – their expressions are so genuine and reflective of their thoughts. The idea is obviously not to stalk people here – but capture those with interesting expressions.

In my first post I’ve tried to catch expressions of only children and give it my interpretations. Most of these pictures were taken at the beach save one or two.

Happiness and excitement

This little boy was all speed when I spotted him. His excitement was palpable and he was all focus as he raced towards his father who was holding a balloon. 

Fear and curiosity

It took me awhile to get this girl to look into my camera. She was a bit scared, that I was signalling to get her to look at me – so I could get a picture of her. But her childlike curiosity did drive her to look at the crazy girl with the camera I guess! 

Ignorance is bliss

This picture is one of my favorites, as it shows the yearning desire of her mom to provide everything for her child. She has access to many a toy, but not one belonging to her child. The child blissfully ignorant of the mother’s thoughts – seems to enjoy discovering one plaything at a time! 

Fear and excitement

This boy is full of concentration as he holds on to the reins of the horse. He is equally excited and maybe a little afraid of the unknown. My guess is he will be a more confident little boy, once the ride is over. 

Trust and faith

As I clicked this picture the responsibility of the big brother was quite evident as he was taking his role as protector rather seriously. And the little girl was gingerly treading into the water secure that her brother would take care of her when the waves came towards her. Trust and Faith. 

Observation

This really small kid was sitting by herself at a bench at the bus stop  – not worried that her parents were nowhere around. She was immersed in observing the happenings of some passengers before they boarded the bus. By the time she realized that her parents were not there – they came back to find her. 

Well, this brings me to the end of my first post under expressions. I hope to find more interesting people with wonderful expressions to record. They have no idea how special they are, when their mask is lowered!