Monthly Archives: January 2015

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!!!

mehendi artists…

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On that same walk of the previous post i find lots of girls drying mehendi/henna drawings on their hands. I can’t tell you how much i love taking these walks…, it is like a box of chocolates without the key, you really never know what you are going to get (and yes i know Forrest Gump said that first…but if the metaphor fits…) See a mehendi artist in action here in a previous post.

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seasonal muggu artists 2014…

It would not be the festive season without the beautiful muggu of the tiny village of Ajjampudi and the hybrid of Hindu customs and christian celebrations is so typical of this corner of India. I always take a walk here early mornings during this period to see these wonderful chalk or rice flour drawings…

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