young photographers #2: more action poses…

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…More fantastic action shots from my young photography class (see previous post here):

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As I have said before in this blog, apart from the fact that it’s always going to be useful to know how to take a decent photograph, if this skill is combined with Photoshop abilities it can be the start to a vocational career for these kids.

evening walk…

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another evening walk to see what i can see…
monkeys by the water…some have babies so can be aggressive, but i love to watch them, they are so HUMAN…

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…a nice thing about coming back over the years…a stroll in neighbouring villages means i will always bump into people i know, brothers Joshua and Job (left and right) were village boys whom i taught, both really good at art, now at college and studying elsewhere.

IMG_0529 IMG_0538 village kids having a whale of a time as they FINALLY fix the road in Buddavaram…

IMG_0543Mia boils water outside her home…but she wants a better picture so grabs a friend and poses in front of an autorickshaw…

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young photographers #1: action poses…

DSCN0359i took this shot of Bhavani Prasad, but all the images in the slide show were taken by my students.

Admittedly it’s not always easy to manage a class of extremely excited children who have been given a camera for the first time. However I wanted all age groups I taught to have the opportunity to take photography lessons so this year i brought three extra “kid proof” cameras with me. A lot can be learned through photography; composition, how light works, movement and how it affects a photograph, team work, cooperation, patience and perseverance…

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I also think that the responsibility and trust that comes with handing over a piece of equipment to manage and use themselves proved to be a valuable lesson and also a boost to their self esteem.

Will post plenty more as so many great photos were taken

indian graphics…

A quick post on the merits of Indian graphic design, picked up off the road to Ajjampudi; the face of Ulta Palta salty snacks, woman one way up, man the other…but which way is the right way up????

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catch that pigeon…

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Damn that pigeon!, every evening when i am teaching photoshop in the computer labs, i see the Palapittas (Andhra Pradesh state bird) flying into the neighbouring field. The Palapitta (the telegu name for it), also known as the Indian Roller and even the Milk Pigeon, looks like a regular enough bird when static, a nice turquoise/brown affair, but when it flies, it’s AMAZING…vivid blue/turquoise wings, a flash of brilliant colour…

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Needless to say i have been trying to catch that pigeon (photographically of course) for years, still not done it to my satisfaction…its always too far away, too fast. Even my young students try to help be by lobbing stones at it (from a distance, with no chance of hitting it) to coax it into flight…like i said, damn that pigeon!!!