In service of Lord Mangesh.
Another installment of Faces of Goa.
Chandrikabai sells flowers at the Mangesh Temple. I had to be quick as she was extremely shy.
The idea in this ongoing series is to seek out scenes that give the impression of strokes on an artists’ canvas. These photos typically have a subdued monochrome palette and are as seen by the eye, not black-and-white conversions.
All the posts on this theme are collected here.
Mornin’ in Goa.
A lone fisherman out on the river during sunrise. Mornings such as these bring back memories of my childhood and youth. Check out the video below.
PS: Some have wondered whether this was a pre-determined shoot and if the boatman was modeling for me. The answer is no, this was an entirely candid session or as someone described elsewhere, “a target of opportunity.”
The background score in the following video is the storied Bhairavi rendition by Goa‘s Kesarbai Kerkar. This recording is featured on the Voyager Golden Record aboard the Voyager spacecraft launched by NASA in 1977 as an exemplar of the finest in human cultural expression. Click here for more on Kesarbai and her birthplace.
Fuzzy in a world of sharp.
Some years ago I found myself chauffeuring friends visiting from Goa across Death Valley National Park. A brief stop was made at the iconic Zabriskie Point to allow them the important task of logging in selfies. I wasn’t here for photography but managed to steal a few moments to piddle with the zoom. (Note: Despite the title of the post, the actual action was dynamical zooming.)
Valagjá (pronounced ‘vaalaa-gyaow’ – gjá is fissure in Icelandic) is an explosion fissure wrought by Hekla, one of Iceland‘s most feared – and currently active – volcanoes. The bleeding red of the rift’s oxidized iron stands out in the dark expanse of volcanic ash, an otherworldly scene right out of the chronicles of Star Trek.
This area in the south-central Highlands often experiences gale-force winds. On this late afternoon, relatively calm conditions permitted the drone to take flight. And for a brief moment the sun spotlighted the tagl (‘tail’ of the fissure), seen below in the final image and the video.
An earlier post on Valagjá is here.