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nostalgia ~ Chiselled with Light!

nostalgia ~ Chiselled with Light!

Photography is all about light. Being a nature / landscape photographer, Swamy rarely takes portraits of fellow humans (unlike his younger brother in this pic – on the right – who is passionately into Portrait photography). But during the learning years, like any keen learner, he would hardly miss an opportunity to frame any subject, Chiselled with Light. 

The two cute kids in the pic are Swamy‘s younger brothers Bhaskar (#5, an eligible bachelor) & Prasanna (#4, the pro Portrait photog of Pracha Studios). They’re naturally lit by the evening sunlight, flowing through the twin windows in the hall (at the home where Swamy lived during his graduation & early work years).

Though the brothers obviously enjoyed getting photographed by their big brother (Swamy is the eldest of 5 brothers), they must’ve really been wondering as to why they’re looking away from the camera instead of looking at it!

~Swamy | @PrakashSwamy


nostalgia is the new Swamygraphy© series, for old time(r)s’ sake 

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Nostalgia! ~ Pixseries, for old time(r)s’ sake

“Nostalgia” 💭 ~ a new pixseries, looking back into enchanting slivers of time, through the Swamygraphy lens đŸ“· (did ya know Swamy used to be a serious amateur, who spent a fortune 💾on photography equipment 📾đŸ“č🎞 & even got fab ratings online👍, in the film SLR erađŸ‘», when platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, et al didn’t even exist đŸ€— & even Google was relatively unknown as Yahoo was the KingđŸ”±) – not for reliving the past đŸ“ŸđŸ“»đŸ“ș(which is like willingly adding to the already humongous pile of karmA😒) but to let go of the long gone, yet still cherished, past, 👋 once & for all (umm.. twice, may be 😜)
~Swamy 

@PrakashSwamy 

The Moment!

Photography is all about capturing a fleeting moment, i.e., slice of Life, that can be seen, remembered & cherished forever. Here are a few examples of such moments captured by Swamy, over years!

Play1. Swamy Jr., aka, Akash. PC. Iyer, reacting to his sand castle being washed away by a wave. This fleeting moment of the would be GrandMaster (he’s a professional Chess player of some repute) is that of pure joy, marveling at the wave’s magnificence instead of ruing the demolition of his sand creation!

Mother2. Whenever Swamy accompanies Jr. for tournaments, there’ll be ample time in hand during rounds that Swamy typically uses to read or observe + capture precious moments of Life. Here’s one such when a puppy kept suckling at its mom, who despite being in a hurry, kept stalling its movement time and again for its baby to get nourished.

Curiosity3. Swamy’s younger daughter Maggy – a German Spitz – is one utterly fearless and absolutely curious being. Among the umpteen amusing things she does – including but not limited to jumping on and resting on the dining table – the most enchanting one is peeping through the balcony, marveling at all and sundry around SwamyHome!

Monk_and_Cats4. During the trip to Sri Lanka, along with Swamy Jr. for Asian Chess Championship, Swamy used to roam around the quaint little seaside town of Hikkaduwa on a daily basis. He found this young Buddhist monk in a nearby Buddha Vihara, i.e., monastery (Buddhism, which originated in India is, widely practiced in nearby Sri Lanka) and connected with him talking about everything from the ethnic conflict to tsunami to the frugal & regulated Life of a monk to his aspiration to visit Bodh Gaya (where Gautama, the Buddha’s enlightenment happened – a must visit sacred place for Buddhists) someday. Among the many beings that have been cared for in the monastery were a few kittens (there were also rabbits, dogs, monkeys, cows and a variety of birds) and those tiny little beings (the pencil & key chain on the floor should give an idea about how tiny) weren’t shy about snuggling up to the young monk! Interestingly, the monastery also had a shrine for popular Tamizh God Lord Muruga (also known as Karthikeya, Subrahmanya, Skanda, Kumara, etc.), the younger son of Adiyogi Lord Shiva & Devi Parvati, who’s known and worshiped as Kathirgama (pronounced like Katheragama in Sinhalese) in Sri Lanka – by ethnic minority Tamizh people, majority Sinhalese & tribal Veddars.

3-in-1!

There are photos that are textbook examples of photography rules (there are many such rules for composing photographs, in case you chose to trust that ‘intelligent auto’ setting and didn’t bother to know anything beyond). And then there are photos which capture more than one rule, by design or not. This is one of those rare photos where at least 3 of the rules – framing, leading line and rule of thirds – converge to capture a precise moment of Life!

Gingee_Fort

Place: Chenji (Ginjee) fort near Thiruvannamalai.

Tale: Swamy with Jr. and his brothers visited Chenji while returning from Thiruvannamalai to Chennai. Instead of just marveling at the magnificence of the dilapidated fort and taking a few photos, they suddenly decided to climb up the mountain. That backbreaking steep climb proved once again that impulsive choices aren’t necessarily intelligent choices, always. Totally unprepared and unequipped for a trek, the madness turned out to be a miracle, when all of us completed the trek eventually and made it safely back. While we frantically searched for water at the summit to quench our thirst, the vistas all around – including a sprawling ancient temple and stone wall akin to ‘The Great Wall of China’ connecting two forts (King’s & Queen’s) located on two hillocks facing each other satiated our thirst for picturesque locales. Still searching for those pictures in the archives!

Swamygraphy – an eye opener!

Swamygraphy = [Prakash]Swamy + [photo]graphy.

This isn’t another photography blog about technicalities and nuances of this enchanting craft, which is best left to the masters. There have been and are so many of them and many share their knowledge through various media for eager and willing learners. Google returned about 5,41,00,000 results in 0.60 seconds for ‘Photography lessons + Free’!

Swamygraphy is an eclectic mix of enticing photos and enchanting tales by @PrakashSwamy, a blogger and author who also happens to be a photographer. Swamy got enticed (& inevitably encompassed) by this marvelous craft during film SLR era (Millennials’ only hope of knowing about those devices are Google, Books & good ol’ photographers like yours truly ;)) and continues to dabble with it as a serious amateur till date, with the equipment varying from now extinct film SLRs to compact digital cams to digital SLRs to smartphones toting SLR rivaling megapixel cams.

Kailash

Good photography isn’t about the craftsman, i.e., photographer or the equipment [s]he uses.

Good photography is about capturing a fleeting moment of Life, so precisely that it connects instantly with anyone who eyes it.

A good photograph inevitably makes an emotional connect with the viewer by teleporting him/her to that precious moment and place in time and gets etched in memory forever.

A good photography will tug at the heartstrings and brings out a sliver of a smile, drop of tear or frown in the brow from the viewer.

Things like lighting, composition, etc. are talked about a lot at length, but they only enhance and elevate a good photograph.

Great photography is taking good photographs consistently and repeatedly.

SwamygrapherSo, keeping that KISS (no not that you wet dreamer – it’s just the abbreviation of Keep It Simple Stupid :O) principle about photography in mind, let’s get started on this enchanting Swamygraphy journey and view good photographs, hear enchanting tales and cherish those precious moments of Life, captured by @PrakashSwamy!

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