Festival of colors… in images

Just came across this. Most of you must have heard of the Indian festival of Holi, celebrated to mark spring and triumph of good over evil. You get to play with a whole rainbow of wet and dry colors… soak and smear everyone you love (and don’t 😉 ), rich or poor, old and young, man or woman. All equal for one day. Though it is not for another 11 months, here is a nice video but absolutely stunning images of how Holi was celebrated around the world last year. Fun!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/40123818]

 

Add some color to life

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This is what inspiration looks like

Bill Cunningham is a New York City based photographer who pioneered the candid street-fashion photography. He is 83 and still at it.

Besides his perennial humility and devotion to his work, his principles are amazing. For one thing, he does not accept any money for his work. “If you don’t take money they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.”

This documentary is an amazingly fun, fast, and intriguing look at a man who followed his passion.

“It’s as true today as it ever was. He who seeks beauty will find it.”

– Bill Cunningham

 

1 minute photography tips

.. by none other than Steve McCurry, or the guy who took this picture

The Afghan Girl

Here are his 7 humble, experienced and usable tips on photography. Each is about a minute long. For me they essentially all talk about finding your voice, staying curious, and being human.

1. Don’t forget to say hello

 

2. Unusual vantage points

 

3. How to fit in

 

4. Follow your noooose

 

5. Honesty and Humor

 

6. Don’t think too much

 

7. Solitary endeavor

Joy and horror of French lovin’

Very mini book review of Me Talk pretty One Day by David Sedaris.

This is one book you definitely should glance through. I say glance because since the book is a compilation of several autobiographical essays, reading any one at random will still cause you to laugh out loud. That is the mildest guaranteed reaction.  If you believe milk can spew from your nose, that too.

It starts with his childhood in North Carolina with his firecracker of a family and progresses towards his meandering twenties. ”Part Deux” focuses on the later tribulations of learning French culture and its language after he moves to live in Paris with his partner.  Sedaris’s sharp observation of the mundane and remarkable ability to convert it into an enviable zany life is pure talent. His writing seems effortless, which always means it is not. No wonder his books have sold over 14 million copies.

Why not judge for yourself?

Listen to him read a chapter from the book. Learning French by a sadistic teacher and describing Easter in a handful of words never sounded so good.

Or read the very first chapter here.

A funny little interview with the man.

Do tourism ads work?

No. But this one does.

I have no idea why the tourism department of any country spends so much to make promotion campaigns when they end-up looking nothing but kitsch, bit vain, and largely a highlight reel that everyone already knows about! So what’s the point?

This one, somehow, succeeds to get the message across. I have certainly not seen much of India but so much genuine fun comes across here. If you’re still undecided, I don’t know what other campaign could make you want to visit India more than this. Full-on backpacker’s dream — in one minute!

Longer, HD version here.

 

Life in images

Today is just a referral to an amazing blog I found minutes ago. It is simple and beautiful. Simply beautiful. The quotes dispersed between the delightful photographs are very apt too. Steve McCurry’s blog. See what I mean.

Coming of Age

 

Fun and Games around the world

Check him out.

Unconventional tour of Real London

There are too many tourism ads for any big city, and London is no exception. This is different. It’s a glimpse into the everyday life of London and Londoners. No touch-ups, no airbrushes, no models. Just what it is.

My opinion: beautiful! Ordinary people just going about their day never looked cooler! If you ever wanted to visit the city, this will certainly capture your imagination.

Taken from just his seat in one of those iconic red buses, it’s shot from a regular HD camera. The music, Loud Pipes by Ratatat, fits so well too. Its editing is remarkable for this scale! Thank goodness his passenger-side window was spotless.