16-21 january 2011, another post

silk weaver this is another photo from varanasi. it was monday morning, and my auto-rickshaw driver offered to take me on a tour of the muslim quarter where approximately 20,000 silk workers live and work. he dropped me with one of the local residents who naturally turned out to own a shop that sold silk cloth; after showing me some of the workrooms (where the men had to work by natural light as the power goes out in the mornings), he tried to sell me scarves and saree material.  my driver then offered to take me on a tour of…

16-21 january 2011

from sunday to friday i was in varanasi, the holy hindu city on the ganges. i went up there to take photos of the ghats (palaces overlooking the river that various kings and princes built over the centuries) for five days.  i will write more about the experience later, but as i took nearly 2,000 photographs – many of them destined for the trash bin – it will take me a while to sort through my thoughts. a sadhu, or hindu holy man varanasi is an ancient city with narrow winding alleys and busy markets, but most of the activity centers on…

january 15, 2011

advertisement for adoption it may seem like everything i do lately is tied in with blue cross.  it’s not true – i’m also learning yoga and having long lunches with other spouses – but today, i did go down to the shelter to prepare some postcard-sized shots of dogs available for adoption. this is one of them.  who wouldn’t want to come home to this face?

january 11, 2011

the puppy i wrote about on january 7 died yesterday. they either die or get adopted; either way, it doesn’t pay to become too attached …

january 9, 2011

chennai open last night was the final of the men’s atp chennai open. capping off a week of world-class tennis, stanislaus wawrinka of switzerland won the singles competition; leander paes and mahesh bhupathi of india won the doubles competition. padma lakshmi was there, making her my first paparazzi shot.

january 7, 2011

this poor guy(taken with my cell phone camera) i’ve been volunteering at the blue cross animal shelter for just over a week now. most of the time i end up playing with the puppies since there isn’t always something immediate for volunteers to do. each time it’s different: in addition to the work i did on december 30, i’ve cleaned up cow poo, i’ve held a rope to immobilize a cow that was having a broken leg treated, and i’ve helped wash dogs with mange. (they fought being tied to the tree, but they didn’t seem to mind the shampooing…