another wall

i must have mentioned somewhere that on august 21, i had my first gallery show.  i displayed 11 photographs – five abstract close-up shots of the paint and posters on building exteriors that, over the years, have worn away into interesting patterns; and six more literal close-ups of hindu shrines, alleys, trees and the like.  the above shot is another in the vein of the abstracts.  i’m really enjoying looking for “found art” on the walls of chennai, even though none of these were purchased at the gallery show.  artists are never understood in their time – except for the…

ganesh chathruthi

woman painting ganesh statues; man decorating his ganesh statues while the clay is still soft; rows of statues, some painted; a woman making flower wreaths for pooja ceremonies. i took the leica on a photowalk with the photographic society of madras, to capture the start of ganesh chathruthi.  this is a holiday for the god ganesh, on the day which (it is said) his power on earth is at its strongest.  the people who worship ganesh buy statues of the god and hold ceremonies in their homes; then they take the statues to the ocean and carry them in. i…