Locks of Love

These Locks of Love were fixed on the railing of one of the many bridges over the hundreds of canals in Venice near the Rialto Bridge. These padlocks are fixed by couples in love, on to a fence or a pole or metallic chain/string at a usually romantic and popular public place, to symbolize their eternal love. A couple would hang a padlock after inscribing their name or initials on it and throw the key away so that their love is locked forever. Some couple use two inter-twined locks, each lock bearing their name/initials. Besides lovers, often family members and close friends also put such locks at these places, to lock their relationship forever. The tradition probably originated from China where the love locks can be seen at several locations alongside the Great Wall of China and also in many temples and on the steps/paths leading to sacred peaks. Locks of love… Connected to each other for all eternity…

Locks of Love

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Budapest Time Lapse

I come from the breathtakingly beautiful capital of a country full of potential, natural and built splendor. Budapest is the city that is deeply embedded in my chromosomes and imprinted on my soul for all eternity.

This time lapse by Peter Dancso clearly shows that my problem with Hungary in general has never been and will never be of geographic or topographic origin, but rather the unfortunate coexistence of certain circumstances in this otherwise spectacular country…

Storm Song

“I’ll send a storm to capture your heart and bring you home…”

Have you ever longed for someone to the extent that you would have done everything and anything in your power to be near them? When losing that person causes palpable physical pain, your stomach twists in a dense knot and it becomes hard to breathe… When a dark and cold void expands and deepens in your heart and soul, slowly taking over all that’s left of them… When you would sacrifice an arm and a leg just to hear their voice again… When you would willingly surrender years from your life to feel the warmth of their breath on your skin once more… When you would sacrifice all that’s sacred and cherished to be touched by them again even if only for a few moments… When you would turn air into a raging storm, water into a wild torrent, and fire into a blazing sea of flames if that would bring them back.

I would send a storm to capture your heart and bring you home…

(Excerpt from an idea of mine in the making!!! 🙂 )

This is Phildel’s new song and video titled “Storm Song” that inspired the short excerpt above. She is an amazing young artist whose deep appreciation for sound stems from an understanding of silence. During her childhood in which music was forbidden by her religious stepfather, she came to know silence well. Despite her furious love for music, for ten years she was left to imagine the sounds she would fill the silence with if she could.

Following her departure from the household, her creativity erupted into an all-encompassing force. Composing day and night, Phildel created the epic, haunting and innovative music she had dreamt of.

Her music is a journey into the landscape of her imagination, at times beautifully enchanting, at others, raw and horrific. Complimented on her ‘sonic soundscapes’ by Trevor Horn, she has won supporters around the world, her music being used by fashions designers, film directors, theatre producers and media campaigns. Her debut album “The Disappearance of the Girl” is set for UK release in January 2013.

Christmas – That Magic Blanket…

Christmas is that magic blanket that wraps itself about us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. – Augusta E. Rundel

Christmas CardI wish everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas!

Ammamma – Grandmother

Ammamma is everyone’s grandmother – the oldest living female member of the family. Just look at her face, those wonderful wrinkles of time, age, and wisdom…

Ammamma - Grandma

 

I took this photo last May at a pooja (a religious ritual performed by Hindus) in Edathua, Kerala, India last May. My husband is Indian and his family is from Kerala in the south of India. The pooja was held for all members of the family who passed away and to purify the living of the lingering negative energy of the deceased.

Ammamma is an amazing woman. Three years ago, when we got married in Kerala (with almost 400 people at our wedding—more about this in a later post :), she accepted me in the family with and open heart, no questions asked and without any reservations. This was not an obvious thing for every single member of the family as my flaws as an ideal bride were only multiplied by the fact that not only am I not South Indian, but I am neither North Indian, or Indian for that matter…

She is 87 years old. Look at her eyes, her hair, her face, her hands. Think of all the things she has seen and lived through. We don’t speak the same language, we do not have the same religion, we do not have the same background, I am almost 60 years her junior, and I want to hear everything she knows and has to say.

It Was a Matter of a Few Seconds…Some Lights…and a 96 DSLR Camera Rig

Upon his return from a 3-month excursion filming in China with a bullet time rig, photographer Richard Kendall decided it was time to get back into the studio and start  experiments with lights, strobe flash, and the bullet time rig. One of these projects was creating a collection of stunning artistic light paintings. The result is this breathtaking video below.

In still photography, bullet time is achieved by surrounding the subject with multiple cameras that are mounted on a special ring shaped rig (often referred to as an array).  The camera are then set to fire either simultaneously or sequentially. Each of the photographs are then made into a time lapse so they create a super slow motion scene. Kendall used a half circle rig for his photo shoot, which required the use of 96 DSLR cameras!!!!!!!

light painting bullet time

In the second video Patrick Rochon / Timecode Lab / Eric Paré have created “24×360” as a purely artistic and experimental project using 24 cameras and light painting techniques.

The project was born after a very intense year mounting and un-mounting their bullet time rig in live events. They then finally sat down at their studio to create some inspiring 360 degree bullet time pictures.

Hope you like them as much as I did!!! This is pretty stunning stuff.

Love,

F

Serenity Is a Soft Blanket of Mist…

Today is one of those days, when I get that gut-wrenching longing to be back in my beloved Hong Kong even if only for a day to recharge my depleted inner batteries… (After having spent four years in Hong Kong it has left a void in my mind and heart that I am still hopelessly trying to fill.) This is one of my favorite spots in Hong Kong – Nan Lian Garden next to Chi Lin Nunnery. Both the stunning public garden and the nunnery were designed and renovated in Tang dynasty style.

The Nunnery is a large temple complex of elegant wooden architecture, treasured Buddhist relics and soul-soothing lotus ponds. The Garden is a tranquil haven midst Diamond Hill’s myriad of high-rise apartments. Its scenic garden is meticulously landscaped over an area of 3.5 hectares, in which every hill, rock, body of water, plant and timber structure has been placed according to specific rules and methods.
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But most of all, Nan Lian Garden to me is a place of utmost bliss and complete relaxation. I know that the soothing sounds of Chinese flute come from strategically placed concealed loudspeakers. That even the mist and fog that floats above

the pond and coils around the tree trunks is artificial. But if you sit on one of the benches here, close your eyes, still your breathing, the rumbling noise of mad traffic will ebb away, and you can hear the universe as clear as droplets falling from a faulty tap in a still and quiet apartment… This is Nan Lian Garden to me, my safe and calm place…
Nan Lian Garden Hong Kong