#NoChoice but to #StayAtHome. Many things done passionately every day are put on hold. Among them is photography. Finding objects near and far within the comfort zone to photograph safely has become my new passion now. During a #WorkFromHome break, I looked through the window outside. Streets are quiet except for a few vehicles. I Started looking more deep and close to the farthest objects. I was surprised!. I could see #SheikhZayedMosque which is about 16 kilometers from my home very clearly. Didn’t want to miss taking a photo of it!
#AbuDhabi is of course a clean city. It has become more beautiful now.
#Covid2019 – is bringing out a lot of changes to our personal self and also to the environment we live. Of course, less pollution is one positive thing that is happening now.
Do not miss out on observing these small things happening around us during these difficult times.
Some immediate take away actions that we could easily adopt, when the situation normalises:
- Working from home at least 1 or 2 days per week.
- Increased Car pooling and Less Vehicles on Road Day
Give it a thought and share it with me with photos and ideas.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Sharjah Art Foundation invites photographers to submit their work for Vantage Point Sharjah 8 (VPS8), the Foundation’s annual initiative dedicated to the practice of photography.
The open call welcomes submissions from both local and international photographers. Applicants are free to choose their own theme and artistic approach.
Photographs selected for VPS8 will be presented in an upcoming exhibition at Sharjah Art Foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces.
Read more at: Sharjah Art Foundation Page
Sharjah Art Foundation welcomes submissions for Vantage Point Sharjah 8 (VPS8), an annual initiative dedicated to the practice of photography. Both local and international photographers are invited to apply, and applicants are free to choose their own theme and artistic approach. The photographs selected for VPS8 will be presented in an upcoming exhibition at the Foundation’s Al Mureijah Art Spaces.
The application deadline is 16 May 2020 at 11:00 pm.
Please submit the application form and no more than six digital photographs in 300 dpi resolution. Applications with more than six images will not be considered.
Make sure to provide a short description of your work(s) in your application, including the concept or theme behind your work(s), the location and date of each photograph, and the medium used. You should also submit a brief biography with a one- or two-sentence overview of your photography practice; a list of previous solo or group exhibitions, residencies and awards (if any); and information about related educational and/or professional experience.
Materials can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click here to download the application form.
Block your calendar 4-14 May, 2020 Sree Koodalmanikyam Temple Festival 2020
Work is worship. True, for every expatriate. Family is devotion, more important for every human being. Balancing life between work and family and your passion is sometimes a challenge. You love to do so many things in life, but unable to do.
Never mind. I believe in keeping an attitude in my life like one gets in a cricket match for a player to get a run out or a stumping chance or a football or hockey player to score a goal in a flash.
It was one such occasion that I happened to attend. I was not planning to attend. But, ended up and then couldn’t resist leaving.
And if I attend, even if I do not have my professional equipment, use whatever I have!.
That’s what I did this weekend. Captured an entire Bhajan session by Bhajan Bharathi for Thai Poosam 2020 held at Abu Dhabi, using my mobile camera.
Enjoying watching the videos, taken through mobile, not one but two. One live on FB and other for Youtube!.
Zoom In and Click Your Heart Out
Special session for children participating in ISC Summer Camp – Sizzlin’ Summer Camp 2019.
Tips on Photography and Community Journalism
Welcome to attend the next session – every Monday.
It is a nostalgic feeling to go back and back to the home where you lived your childhood days. Yes, this is my ancestral home. It used to be a big family. My great grandfather late Sankaran Nair and grandmother Kallyani Amma (fondly called as Narayanankutty amma) and all their children and family lived harmoniously. I remember my nursery school days when we children all sit together for breakfast and walk all the way to school from this home. Then the festival days, specially Onam, which used to be the only 2nd occasion, where we got a new pair of dress, and then gather together and play football and also enjoy the Onam festivities, specially Kummatti. I also remember the Vishu days, where we all lineup and wait for our turn to get the Vishu Kaineeettam from our maternal uncle Appettan, who used to be the senior most and the amount used to be a maximum of 25 paise to 1 Rupee. If he gives 1 rupee, others younger to him lesser than that… All coins collected, all children together will then rush to buy a football and play along for days on and on with it.
No complaints, no regrets, whatever was cooked in the common kitchen was consumed harmoniously. All played together, fought together, slept together.
And an occasional escapade to watch a movie at night for the second show means, we have to sleep outside…means remembering and fearing about the Yakshi’s or ghost stories that our uncle Aniyettan (Ramachandran) used to narrate to us….. Of course, not to forget the sound of rats and other rodents running around at the top of the roof….
Life was beautiful…. We used to talk to each other… We used to read the newspapers daily and most of all, we used to do our daily routines, get up early in the morning, a bath at the temple pond, then worship the family deity Oorakathammathiruvadi, take the prasadam – thirumadhuram – and then reach home…Do our pending assignments and then the regular breakfast, Iddli and chatni and packed tiffin, rice and dhal or tomato curry….
The day also starts with the only radio playing the traditional All India Radio music of the station opening at 6:00 am or so and then the regular news followed by Sanskrit news and other informative audio sections. I do not remember seeing a TV until my high school days.
Life goes on… for the new generation, it will not be easy to understand the depth of this note. However, I am sure, those in my era will really mean what it means..
The life before the electronic media overpowered us!. We will never get it back.
The date palm trees have flowered. It marks the arrival of a new season. Weather is cold now, but very soon it will change and the summer will begin. You can expect hot and sunny days soon. Then in no time, the holy month of Ramadan starts. By the time Eid Al Fitr comes, the flowers would have developed and fully ripened dates will be ready. I have been following them for the past several years. Each time they flower, it is an opportunity to remember about the past seasons. And also look forward to the future ahead.
If you have kids, take them around for a walk in the evening. Show them the changes to the trees and flowers as the flowers blossom to a fresh green date and then ripen to reddish and juicy ones.
Very few know about the hidden treasure from this part of the world. The actual date tree population in UAE is about 40 millions of which 8.5 in AL-AIN region. The gene pool is large and composes about 120 date varieties. New introductions from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Oman included Khallas, AbouMaan, Hallawi, Khissab, Khenezi, Nabut Saif, Jabiri, Hillali, Lulu, Chichi, Khadraoui, Sakii, Sultana and Barhi varieties.
UAE produces 533,701 Metric tons of dates on an average
As a Passionate Photographer, I always believe and propagate, a photo clicked is a history. You can never re-create it. However, you try!. There are several factors involved in the beauty and success of its presentation and representation. A keen eye, ready equipment, swiftness, aptitude and attitude, how you position yourself, how the external and natural lighting are, how you adjust our camera settings, and how the object you are photographing behaves while you shoot….. the list goes on endlessly….
During my recent visit to my home away from home, I was on a phone call, but noticed this happy union of a parrot and a squirrel enjoying a feast of their own!. I couldn’t resist. As usual, my camera was ready, I was ready and here it is, for you all to enjoy.