Close up

Posted on May 16, 2013

A close-up [anything] generally makes us cringe, even if is not that close. Lack of personal space, a portrait, a look, even a word hinting to something too close to the truth could be enough to make us walk the other way.

Pores, lines, sweat, scars.

Humanness and vulnerability exposed for everyone to see, or so we fear.

But oh, so much beauty is in every individual!

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Posted on April 16, 2013

I like to group things that sort of ‘feel’ the same way (my sister would  probably  call it Oh.Cee.Dee) I think we all do grouping to a certain degree so we can: create, build a memory, formulate meaning or somethin’– PSY 101 baby!  Unearthing some deep thoughts here…

These are some  cell phone shots that I have grouped from the last couple of weeks.

Note: Some real photographers are not too keen on these new instragramic/ photo-face-lift apps, and you might not care what I think, BUT IIIII, to a very basic level  find it phenomenal that people who never took photos before are capturing images and able to express themselves though them, right? Isn’t that the whole point…?  You are not gonna become Steve Mc Curry with your cell phone, but you are going to record some special moments and probably become  pretty good at it. Sometimes is sheer luck, the photo of the church for instance I didn’t even looks at the camera, I just grabbed my phone and clicked. I couldn’t have taken this photo with my real camera because you were not supposed to even take pictures in this church; now I have a pretty memory of that day that I can keep in my computer or blog in this case.  I think the aspect of ‘luck’ rather than technical talent is what bugs photographers. If we start grading photographs then of course, manual photographs and Instagrams are a worlds apart. Otherwise, they are both beautiful art.  Any thoughts?

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IMG_0623Brilliant Myanmar artist Zaw Win Pe. I had the pleasure of seeing his art through the Calcutta Art Club  find out more  here
IMG_0632 Aaron has been so busy with work lately yet he still finds time to pick some flowers from a bush in front of our apartment building, he is a sweetheart. We also just celebrated our 6th year of marriage this week!

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 Ha! Yes, make your own poster with Phoster 


Posted on April 11, 2013

I, the weather-aware woman.

Seattle taught me a lesson, don’t think about what is on the other side of your glass window; get your raincoat and not your umbrella.

I still thought about rain about once a day.

We’ve  had 104F temp at some points this week.

It is sometimes difficult to function when away from a source of cold air.

It is difficult to admit this is how I feel too…phew

Although we have a car, the papers are being processed, the paper are in a ‘still process‘ as I see it. We ride on taxis as we have for a year now. Your pants get stuck to the old ambassador seats; the driver wets a red towel and wraps it around his head to cool off. It makes me feel like I am in a steam room, and someone keeps pouring water over those hot stones.

I grab onto the taxi’s door which hides the rolled down windows and wave my hand onto the warm Calcutta air. I think is cooling me down, but then maybe is not.

I have found myself a tad edgey, wrawwwwr

My mind wonders away to anywhere cool and spacious. An escape.

So dramatic of me to say.  It’s alright.

These are some photos from our trip to Delhi. Delhi is not my favorite city in India, but they do have some kickass gardens!

The Mughals sure knew how to stay cool in those hot summer days

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Posted on April 1, 2013

I hope I am not alone in thinking that children’s books are magic; that in nights of insomnia most of us would in fact, still turn the pages our our most cherished childhood picture book if we had it handy (clearly I don’t have kids, those who do  probably read their favorite childhood book, twice). Yet we are so addicted to our phones, books have become so completely secondary, so maybe we wouldn’t… Anyways, I have been researching lots of children’s books lately because… I have always wanted to *and maaaybe because I don’t have an official job so I pretty much get to do what I have always wanted to do by divine default —an oxymoron, and just about the only way I could describe the opportunity I feel  India has presented me for the time being, that of creative unemployment.

Voilá, awesome illustrations that  may bore you or comfort your baby heart.

“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest” -C.S. Lewis

ferdinandtom sawyer

Shadow Cover Saul Bass

Alexander and the Wind Up Mouse cover Alexander broomMary Shepard

kolo Kolo Moser Birds4 teagan roland naomi Alessandro Gottardo schoor Henri's walks to paris II Henri walks to paris I Saul Bass “Henry’s walk to Paris” via ; P. L Travers “Mary Poppins” via; Teagan White “Monkey and Bear” via;

André Françoise ” Ronald” via; Suzy Lee “Shadow” via; James & Ruth Mc Crea “The birds” via; Kolo Moser “Picture book for the niece of Ditha Mautner Markhof” via; Munro Leaf “The story of Ferdinand” via; Mark Twain “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” via

Leo Lionni “Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse” via

Illustrations I also liked but not featured on children’s books:

Alessandro Gottardo “How God create the universe” via; Karoline Schnoor “Sweater” via; Naomi Wilkinson (woman on monocycle)via