Onophotopoeia

Some times even the most mundane of scenes, the most commonplace of faces or the most trivial of objects prove to be a cradle of beauty...unleashing new meanings when looked at again and again. The true magic of photography lies in the fact that we can capture the fleeting moments to revisit them...to listen to the music that the image resounds... Onophotopoeia...

Friday, October 27, 2006

Eat Frrrreshhh...



This summer, while driving to Kitty Hawk, NC, a roadside farmers' market caught our eyes. Got a few colorful shots there. Here's two of them.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Autumn in New York...



An ode to the most beautiful season in upstate NY.
Shots taken at Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

The object of my affection...


In my life, rarely have I wanted anything the way I have wanted an iPod! I am a self proclaimed gadgety person who is totally in love with all sorts of electronic paraphernalia available. When someone uses a blackberry, I give him a typical " you lucky bastard" look. when someone flaunts a Canon Rebel or a Nikon D series, I cannot wait to get over with my PIGS (read...Poor Indian Graduate Student) life! PDAs enchant me, Xbox and PS2 make my knees weak and bluetooth headsets renew my desire to live longer. Yet, I have always held an iPod closer to my heart than all these.

A graduate student must necessarily be thrifty and I follow suit. I cannot imagine spending $150 to buy an iPod...beacuse as they say...dreams cannot be bought, they have to be chased! I must admit though, that I have had my moments of weakness. In those critical times I have convinced myself that at the end of the day, its an MP3 player (Naaww...you don't need that, you have a laptop...see). But I have left no avenues unexplored in order to get a free iPod. I have filled unending surveys (when was the last time you used a toothbrush?: i. a week back, ii. a month back, iii. never) , taken part in raffles and clicked on popups (Who is smarter? Bush or Rice, answer correctly to win an iPod!) but to no avail.

However, my belief and faith in Garfield's philosophy of "if you wait long enough, everything comes to you" finally proved itself to be true. I was walking out of a grocery store when a bank sign caught my eye....and breath!! "Open a checking account and get a nano free!"...it said. I couldn't believe my eyes. The bank was closed for the day though! After a sleepless night filled with nightmares (Sorry, the deal ended yesterday....) and misgivings, I rushed to the bank first thing in the morning...the deal was real and still there! I opened the account and got approved for a mandatory credit card (with a limit of $750...wtf!...and a low APR of 24.75%...not kidding) and waited with bated breath for the baby to be laid on my hands (I am the Father...can I hold my baby?) .... and then came the show-clincher from the manager. " I wish I could give you the iPod today....but that's not how it works. They will mail it to you in two months." Two months....I have to wait two months for an iPod that I legally can claim to be mine?!! That's torture.....but I guess that's life too!

As they say...time is the best healer! Sometimes only around two months can do wonders. After two months, on a Sunday when FedEx guys were working extra shifts to clear their backlogs due to the devastating snowstorm, when the majority of Buffalo was in the dark due to a widespread power outage, it finally arrived. All chic and shining enclosed in an unassuming black box. And finally, finally, we were united. All those months and years of yearnings fell away as I held the silver 2 Gig Nano in my hand. Here's a pic of my coveted possession...taken just a few minutes ago...just to share the excitement with you all :)

Friday, October 20, 2006

Boulevard of broken dreams...


Another random shot taken at Lake George, NY.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

When all hell broke loose...

The incident:
The residents of Buffalo and surrounding places woke up to nasty surprises on the morning of October 13, 2006. The night before, the worst October snowstorm in the last 137 years lashed the area killing three people and leaving 260,000 homes without heat and electricity.

The musings:
In the age of utmost technological advancements, times like this make one stop and contemplate our sheer vulnerability to the forces of nature. The major cause of the disaster is that there were too many leaves on the trees to endure such heavy snowfall at this time of the year. The wet snow that fell in the wee hours of 13th lodged on the tree-tops making them top heavy and causing them to break down on the powerlines all around the city. The devastation all around seems to underscore the fact that everything in nature happens for a reason.

The after effect:
Thousands of people are stranded without power and more importantly heat...the lifeline of Western NY residents at this time of the year. Personally, my friends and I are currently camping in my lab at the University at Buffalo where the power and heat continues to protect and warm us. At the beginning, there was a driving ban all around the place as the emergency workers toiled to clear the fallen tree limbs and repair the traffic lights many of which are still non-operational. Thankfully, the driving ban was temporary and we managed to get to the school in our survival efforts! The power supply company has indicated that power restoration in our homes may not happen until the next weekend. So here we are, living a nomadic life, sleeping in bags and eating microwaveable food that we could salvage from the depleting stocks of the local stores.

The silver lining:
Its just snow. At the end of it all, we are still thankful that it is just snow and lack of heat rather than flood waters coming into our homes as it happened with the hapless Katrina and Tsunami victims. And yes...the other lifeline of graduate students...the internet is still working on campus! We are trying to make the most of it by enjoying the sudden respite from daily classes and chores. Movies watched on desktops and the camaraderie between the fellow nomads are helping us through the seemingly never-ending wait for the power restoration.
And you know what....its nice and sunny in Buffalo now! :)

Here's to surviving the fury of another Friday the 13th! :)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Good to be back home again...

The day's over
Weariness lingers on my soul...
The miles been travelled
Its just a few more yards...

To bliss...

Shot at Laguna Beach, CA.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Depolarized...

I happen to live in a city which houses polar bears in its zoo!! That really goes a long way to tell stories about the weather in Buffalo....(whatever happened to the kid born and brought up in the sweltering Calcutta heat??!)
Anyway, coming back to the story, we made a field trip to the zoo for a photo project and I was particularly enchanted by the polar bears. I spent a long time trying to capture their activities. This dude...(could have been a dudette as well) ...took a long spalsh in some ice water before deciding to catch a power nap in the cool shade. In preparation for the nap, he conjured up some awesome poses which I snapped up very gratefully.
This was taken sometime in the early summer this year.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Images and Words...

A random shot from a parking lot in Buffalo.