december 30, 2010, continued

i took these photos at blue cross of india, an animal shelter in chennai where i have started volunteering. the shelter takes in homeless and injured dogs and cats, as well as injured and neglected livestock – pigs, cows, horses, geese – and even small animals like guinea pigs and rabbits. blue cross conducts a trap-neuter-release program for adult dogs and cats, and holds the puppies and kittens it finds for adoption. in my two visits there, i could see that the place is stretched to capacity: as a no-kill shelter, it has to hold the animals even if they…

december 27, 2010

pondy bazaar(i had to choose three photos becauseone alone wouldn’t do it justice) pondy bazaar is a street lined with sidewalk stalls and stores crammed from back to front with shoes, household goods, clothes, and – basically – tons of random cheap stuff. whatever you want, there are 15 guys selling it, one right next to the other.

december 25, 2010

boy selling christmas hats for the past few days, kids of various ages have been selling christmas hats and santa masks near the st. teresa’s church, on our way to the u.s. consulate general. this boy – the first i’ve seen who didn’t want his picture taken – was still trying to sell his hats at 5 pm on christmas day.

also december 22, 2010

sidewalk shrine yesterday, the only photos i took were of the consul general’s christmas party.  not the right material for the blog; instead, here is another photo from parry’s, a detail from a sidewalk shrine to ganesh.  chennai is filled with sidewalk shrines like this – you’ll find them in front of shops, by the railway station, in the middle of a block. right now, parry’s is my favorite place to photograph. i’ll add more photos later.

december 22, 2010

goofballs it strikes me that this should be an actual (more or less) daily photoblog, and not just a series of “artistic” shots – that is what is for.  so … i took this one in parry’s, an old market section of chennai.  the kids are local, probably living in the makeshift huts across the road.  one girl is wearing ear muffs because it was only in the mid 20’s (upper 70’s fahrenheit) today.