Rainforests have dense canopies. The plants in the undergrowth struggle to survive using the limited sunlight that reaches the lower levels of the jungle, and many plants don’t make it. When the weak plants die, their lifeforce nourishes the survivors. It has been this way for millions of years, and walking through the forest, the evidence crunches and crackles underfoot, or in more moist areas, decomposes rapidly into a soft, nutritious humus. Easing oneself out of the forest and into a clearing can be soothing – only upon emerging into the vivid sunlight and open air does one realize how resonant the forest can be.
Detail is the cornerstone of this piece – click the image for a full-size view. Pseudo-HDR shot in Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala.
A bullock pulling a cart in front of an ATM in Tamil Nadu – a perfect example of half-way globalization. On any street in India sights like these are commonplace – half-dressed tribal men talking on their cellphones, medieval pushcarts with vendors peddling sunglasses, and any other combinations that only the wildest of minds could imagine.
Although I don’t generally do ’studio’ photograph since I often find the subjects artificial and manufactured (which I suppose in some cases is the point), I feel exhibiting the physical and other characteristics of certain things is worth breaking the habit. Smoke photography is a perfect combination of night and macro photography – the camera’s settings have to be just right to truly display the fluidity and luminescence. Read more…