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A new chapter: India for the Summer!

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And here comes the big announcement that I'd teased you with in this post. The Flaneurbanite is off to India for the Summer! It's a planned three month long work-cum-leisure trip and if all goes as per plan, I'll be back in London at the end of September.

Needless to say I'll miss London sorely - I'm missing it even before I'm gone! But I'm really looking forward to being in India too - it's home, and it's one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And I'm not just saying it because it's mine!

India is where my photographic journey began, more than a decade back , when I used my Dad's Minolta film camera so much that it decided to conk off. I then graduated to an Olympus digital that I borrowed from my office for work and shot a series of random pictures with it. It excited me enough to make me buy my first very own point and shoot digital, the Fujifilm E550, which remains faithful to this day. Last year my better half added company to my solo fleet with a Fujifilm S9600 (semi-pro) and that is what I primarily shoot with these days. Some of my earliest shots with the E550...

Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan, North West India

Neemrana: windows and doors
Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan, North West India

high up in the air

lands end..
Land's End, Bombay/Mumbai

Some of these made it to my first photoblog that I started in 2006 to a lot of interest but couldn't keep up with when I started my MSc in London later that year. It sits dormant now, though I'm tempted to start posting those that don't make it here but I'd still really like to share, there. Perhaps that'll happen yet!

India is where I shot those first few which got me the precious drops of genuine appreciation from people who really know the art. Many would think it doesn't get better than in a city like London for street photography, for a continuously dynamic panorama of urban life - but you need to have clicked in India to know better! And there is going to be lots of that here to prove it, in the next three months. I'm excited about the journey, and I hope you'll be my fellow travellers, my fellow flaneurbanites.

So, fasten your seatbelts and here we go!

8 comments so far:

Anonymous said...

Seatbelts fastened and looking forward to a magnificent summer journey!

Chailey said...

Well, I look forward to seeing some of the Indian series. Hope you enjoy your stay here.

Anonymous said...

Which part of india u'll be capturing in your clicker ...???
tell us about the details :)

Charu said...

looking forward to seeing you and your India pics - India is heaven for street photography!

Flaneurbanite said...

zurich: Welcome aboard! We're dealing with a bit of thermal shock (45 degrees out, in Delhi) but we should be taking off soon!

Chailey: Thank you. Looking forward to start clicking!

Anonymous: All over - everywhere I go:) There's lots in the pipeline! By the way, I wish you'd left your name:)

Charu: It is! I'm just trying to acclimatise to the weather first - cannot even peep out of the window here in Delhi for fear of getting scalded, let alone step out and click. Waiting for the monsoon to hit! Thanks for joining the journey:)

Erinn said...

Have a wonderful summer in India! I'm already jealous of your food options, nevermind the photography you'll create!

Also, I love the Mumbai picture here. Cool composition!

jyothy karat said...

Loved the shot of the plane and the building!

Flaneurbanite said...

Erinn: Thank you! I'm having a great time. Delhi was burning at 45 degrees, Bombay was humid, sticky, rainy, but beautiful:) Now in Bangalore - a balmy, non humid 25 degrees. I'm missing the London summer but I love India too much to care:)

And thanks for appreciating the pic! The mumbai ones were clicked in 2005 on one of my work visits to the city. It was the time a reluctant love of Mumbai started creeping up on me, despite my Delhi sensibilities :)

Jyothy: Thank you:) I revisited that spot last week - felt different on ground, but the sky was the same shade of beautiful :)

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