Archive for November, 2010



23
Nov
10

#327 have to admit it

327/365 have to admit it, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

It’s winter, no escaping it anymore. The garden is covered in snow, sleeping quietly, waiting for next spring.

22
Nov
10

#326 recovering

326/365 recovering, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Exotic travel has taken the toll on me once again. Delhi belly is not amongst my favourite souvenirs from India. What with jet-lag and general fatigue, the last few days have passed in a haze.

21
Nov
10

#325 home sweet home

325/365 home sweet home, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Quite a shock to be back in dark and cold Finland after 10 days in India. But so cosy, too, to be back in my familiar surroundings, which are reflected against the darkness outside the window here.

Daily Shoot:

Find or make a reflection in a window today and shoot through it to create a layered composition.

20
Nov
10

#324 explore!

324/365 explore!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Leaving for home at Indira Gandhi international airport. Love the colourful trolleys, telling us to explore. Till next time, India, I hope!

19
Nov
10

#323 we are the world

323/365 we are the world, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A young mother, carrying her baby, and begging in the street. India is a country of stark contrasts – immensely rich people, but also masses of totally vulnerable, poor people.

For us westerners, such poverty is extremely difficult to come to terms with. Nobody can help everybody in need, but it is not easy to turn a blind eye, and ignore the thin fingers tapping on your arm. Give to one, and there will soon be dozens more swarming around you, and they just won’t leave you alone.

18
Nov
10

#322 quiet meditation

322/365 quiet meditation, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A glimpse of the quieter side of India, by the Jal Mahal Water Palace, in Jaipur. A hindu is taking off his shoes for an early morning ritual by the water. What a contrast to the noisy chaos elsewhere, but also the kind of meditative existence I expected to find in India.

I feel every human being craves for some peace and quiet at times. In my world, it is easy to find – to the extent that I sometimes find Finland a little too quiet and predictable. In the most populous countries of the world, such as India or China, I can imagine that people must struggle to find ways of calming down. Taking this picture, I almost felt like an intruder in somebody’s very personal, private moment. I had a very similar feeling in Beijing, photographing people doing tai chi or other meditative exercise in a park early one morning.

17
Nov
10

#321 indian highways

321/365 indian highways, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Started a 3-day tour of the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur, Agra) with our reliable driver and our own taxi. Even though he warned us about the highways ahead, I couldn’t quite imagine what we’d see and experience! A journey of some 200 km took us about 5 hours. Traffic is horrendous, beyond words! You can expect to encounter anything – and often coming towards you, on the wrong side of the road.

I really felt sorry for these mothers without any protection on the motorbikes. This mother is even holding a baby in her arms! And then there are the cows, of course. Just lying around the highway lane, or walking any which way, right in the middle of the road. It really takes iron nerves, and amazingly fast reflexes to drive in India!




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