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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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if you dont leave the house…

If you don’t leave the house, things don’t happen…

I take a walk on Sunday evening…out of the orphanage and towards the nearest village, down the road i bump into Mounika, an ex student, now in college who lives near the orphanage. While chatting to her i photograph these to Bhavani Deekshas who are training an ox to pull a cart:

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I walk down to the river and this slithers past me and into the water…

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10 minutes later 3 guys passing by on bicycles stop and ask me something in Telegu. I know a little of the language but i cant understand what they are saying.

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…then this young man appears and he speaks a little English and between us i realise they are the Deekshas i photographed earlier, they want to see the picture i took of them on the cart. I promise to give them a copy before i leave…

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Turns out the guy who helps me is the brother of Jancy, whom i know as she attends the school where i teach…

Janci knows i come to this spot regularly to photograph the troop of monkeys who come to the water at twilight.

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Janci’s mum tells me to come into their garden, she puts down some rice and monkeys appear from everywhere…

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Its like i said, if you don’t leave the house, things don’t happen…

local tourism and undavalli caves…

So there is pretty much zero tourism in this corner of Andhra Pradesh other than Indian religious tourism around the Krishna River and here nearby in the Undavalli cave temple in the Guntur district near Vijayawada. A Hindu temple excavated from the rocks around 5th Century AD, it is a spot for locals and schools to spend a Sunday.

Not many western visitors…am asked for my autograph several times…!!!

my “duran duran” moment – giant prone god carved out of the rocks

FYI, The caves are associated with the Vishnukundina kings of 420 to 620 A.D and  are dedicated to Anantapadmanabha Swamy and Narisimha Swamy.


It’s also a great place for monkey spotting, you just need to climb a little into the surrounding hills…

butterfly hill christmas exhibition…

The critics agreed that the show was a hit…We had around 20 minutes to put up all the work the boys have done in the last 4 weeks…

Then the whole school filed in, class by class. The kids were really interested, it was all rather sweet…I even had “security” with some older boys acting as bouncers…luckily not needed as like i said, everyone loved the boys work.

Am sad my work at Butterfly Hill is over for this year…like i said it is real, proper countryside apparently yesterday there was a troop of around 50 monkeys running around the playing fields. For sure i would consider spending more time there next year. But back to the work…i tried very hard to get them to instil little bit of India into their drawings but like i said before, they are in love with the western myth of christmas. However eventually a few boys took me up on the challenge and anyway with all the students i do believe they employ the colours and mind-set that is intrinsically Indian and i find their images to be sweet and a little surreal, but i will let you judge for yourselves…