The mirror has two faces – love, life, and nothing else

I am always happy when I run into good movies, by chance or unexpectedly, more than planning on something and watching it with the agenda of watching. I dont need too much sleep and am good with about 5-6 hours of good sleep. So, typically, I am up very early and sometimes, it is really early. So, I get some ‘me’ time watching the movies on TV. The good thing about it is, in India you are likely to run into some really nice movies at unearthly hours – coz typically you have nothing to watch at prime time! The husband and I turn the TV on only at around 9 pm, when the kids are already asleep, or at least in bed. He is mostly also working. Anyway, very very rarely have we run into really good movies then! And surprisingly, I have run into many a good ones at 4 and 5 am! Anyway …. the point of this post is the movie I happened to watch early this morning. I have always run into this one at the most weird hours, when it is in fact a nice movie that should be on at prime time. Anyway, it is ‘The mirror has two faces’, starring Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges. The movie is nice but is not in my top 50 or anything. The movie always amuses me and I have enjoyed the warmhearted performance of Barbara in this one.Her character is really such a beautiful person.

Above all, I really like the lighting and skin tones – a nice enjoyable movie. This post isnt to discuss the story or to even review the movie. There’s always imdb for that. :) The gist is about finding the ‘right’ person and staying happy in that relationship. Just that this one has a big twist in it, which is also a good source for amusement.

Anyway … really, what is to life if it isnt about being in love … and if it isnt about being in love with that one person … and staying committed? I dont know if there should be anything more.

Why we love being on the road in Karnataka

Karnataka is home. While my parents arent from here, I was raised in Bangalore and so over the years, Karnataka is more home than any other Indian state. The fun of stepping out from Bangalore and heading out to different places in Karnataka is all mostly on the road for us with the kids. We love being on the road - enjoying the scenes, engaging in little conversations with the local people, stepping out for little walks etc. Here are some pics from our various road-trips …. and only of the road.

Most of the roads are really nice and the sights are usually beautiful.

Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Monsoon drenched roads and windshield …

Monsoon, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Monsoon, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Little ‘Malnad’ian bovines

Monsoon, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

And it is always fun to see the interesting ways in which people commute …

Monsoon, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

People, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

People, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Typically, we run into beautiful fields on the road side. Always a fun time for the kids … and maybe with their cameras too. :)

Small towns and all the lovely people …little roadside family activities - we ran into this sweet family. They were right by the road, in the beautiful surrounds, peeling some corn.

People, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Passing by old streets …

Small town, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

… the whizzing countryside.

Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

… and of course, the beautiful skies …

People, Karnataka - Chitra Aiyer Photography

Hope you enjoyed the pics. I am lagging behind in blogging about the many places that we have visited on our road trips. Hopefully, I will do it all in one burst, before we head out again.

PS: All pics here are my shots. Please do not use them without my permission. Thanks.

When it is all in the eyes

What is it about shooting portraits? For me, it is just the simple joy of capturing a little bit of the personality with just a shot. So, how does it work when it is an absolute stranger you are shooting? Especially, if he isnt simply going to pose for you?

Well, here’s a portrait. I recently shot this at a market and I really like this picture. He was a complete stranger whom I met just before clicking this shot. He was a great subject – lots of character in his face, lovely sharp eyes, and I even had nice light on him.

I approached him nice and easy. A smile always helps. The camera isnt such a big deterrent or a big deal if the person behind the camera isnt over-whelming. The camera is typically not blocking my line of view with the person I am going to shoot when I am approaching the person.

The man here was a slightly conservative, not the overtly ‘at ease in front of the camera’ person. It may have also mattered that I was a woman, that he wasnt completely at ease. However, I really liked his face and I went about clicking him. I had a feeling sooner or later I would get the expression I was hoping for. Here are couple of images that I got just before the one above. Notice the eyes? They dont meet the camera. While the light and the face/expression are still the same, there isnt any connection with the viewer.

Here too, he is still looking elsewhere and not having any kind of rapport with the camera/me.

And then, that changes …. in that one sec when he does look at the camera for a brief bit and well, look at those eyes! Beautiful and sharp.

When I clicked at that moment, I knew I had the shot I wanted. I also saw it in b&w in my mind.

I hope you like this one. While this bit of capturing his personality may have worked in this way this time, things may be very different in a different scenario; which is also what makes it challenging - there isnt a formula! And which is also what makes it fun.

I do portrait shoots with the idea of capturing personalities of an individual and the collective personalities of a couple, family, or a group. For more of my work samples, do take a look here - Chitra Aiyer Photography

PS: Sorry for having gone missing in action here. I guess I was on an extended break - just that even I didnt know that!