Tag Archives: rice fields

the lasting effects of photography classes…

Mounika had photography classes from me last year, but she still gets top marks from me this year for this image and beautifully capturing a moment, nice composition too!! :

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inclement weather hides mountains…

One of the best things about flying to north Italy is the view you get as you fly over the Alps at this time of year. I have made this trip many many times and these spiky, snow clad mountain tops never stop giving me a little thrill every time i see them…except this time, when for the first time in my travels, they were completely hidden by the weather… goddammit! Still there were some nice cloud formations as we approached Milan, providing the first glimpse of recently flooded rice fields that so characterise the Lombardy and Piedmont landscapes…

stop motion from photos taken from my htc phone…result not too bad

the space in between…

…the space between Biella and Milan, the train journey punctuates my life in italy, the ever changing landscape of rice fields (risaie) is winter barren and white with frost and snow…

buried in a rice field…

Early morning walk discovery…a Christian cemetery in the middle of the rice fields.

It looks ancient but judging by the dates on the graves it is not. Its just that the humidity seems to cause everything to decay that much sooner…appropriate in this setting i guess. Had to traverse one of the many “toilet” paths to get here…not nice

drying rice on the graves…

bicycles at dawn…

Get up at 5.30am for a bicycle ride, by 8 it will be too hot to be pleasant.  Can’t capture the true nature of the sun, it is a giant ball of diffused, fuzzy orange, there is mist in the air and a heavy dew on the ground.

At that time in the village and surrounding countryside folks have been up for a while already, the request for portraits come thick and fast…even as i am speeding by on a bicycle…

We cycle to Tulip Gardens another orphanage 6 or 7 km away. It is a smaller affair, some 60 or so children all with HIV. The kids come here in a horrible state, often unused to any kind of affection due to the huge taboo that still surrounds their illness.

The place is run by a rather remarkable Dutch couple who have been in India since ’76. They show us around…i don’t take photos as yet again i find myself facing the dilemma of whether or not to photograph…it seems a little sensationalist to photograph these HIV kids so i don’t. The kids do well here and their illnesses are managed, a bus brings them every day to school where i teach at Daddy’s Home…

Map from HIV/AIDS charity Avert:

Map of India showing the worst affected states for HIV/AIDS