Quiet Stories

Lessons in Space and time from Bill Watterson.

Lessons in Space and time from Bill Watterson.

A note from Bill Waterson from a book called “Calvin and Hobbes: Sunday Pages 1985-1995” has shaped the way I look at composition in photography. Up to the moment I read his note, I’d see composition as a function of space and design, when it is so much more. …Read more>

By |2019-10-30T12:22:47+05:30August 24th, 2019|Categories: Essay, Photography, Things|Tags: , , |

The changing of a photograph

The changing of a photograph.

Annie Leibovitz, the celebrated portrait photographer, photographed John Lenon and Yoko Ono on the 8th of December 1980. The picture she took of them would grace the cover of the January issue of the Rolling Stones magazine, 1981.  A stark-naked John Lenon, planting a more than casual kiss on a casually dressed Yoko Ono.

John Lenon was shot and killed a couple of hours after the photoshoot, that very day.

Annie Leibovitz, on more than one occasion has used this photograph as an example of how circumstances could change a picture. A loving kiss, becomes a kiss good bye. Events that happen after a photograph have been taken, make the picture something else. The photograph inherits a story …Read more>

By |2019-09-06T22:31:46+05:30August 15th, 2019|Categories: Essay, Photography|

Long Forgotten

Long forgotten.

They threw off their ragged clothes and ran into the sea. They played and thrashed about, oblivious to the world as it passed them by, oblivious to the bustling city and the urgency it commanded, and oblivious to me; just another part of a world gone wrong.

They played on, with a reckless abandonment I once knew. They spoke to the universe in a language I had long forgotten, a childhood ago.

I watched with envy, for at that moment they were far richer than I could hope to ever be, for the universe was theirs.

By |2019-09-06T13:57:06+05:30August 1st, 2019|Categories: Essay, Thoughts|