Friday, October 31, 2014

The madness of sharing pictures

It's been three years that I started exploring the beautiful nature and its mysterious beauties. When I first traveled to Kedarnath and Badrinath, I realized that how could some of the most serene places lied in India. And, the entire experience was captured using an iPhone 4 that had at that time (thanks to my lovely sister and parents who presented this). I used it extensively capturing the scenic beauties of the Himalayan mountains that surround the historic places. Then the following year I got to travel to Dharamshala,India to participate in a trekking event. This was also a fun filled journey as I had an extra accessory this time (a macrolens; courtesy - lovely sister). I ended by capturing close to two thousand pictures during this trip. It was just facebook by then that I knew where I could share my work so that friends of mine could have a look to appreciate what the nature holds at its best.

In late 2013, I finally traveled to the United States for my education and then got a new iPhone5 (courtesy - brotherinlaw). This time it was just amazing. Rolla, Missouri was where I had chosen to pursue my masters. It was by this time that Instagram became popular, I used flickr a couple of times but wasn't interested much. As days progressed, I started exploring the City of Rolla and was amazed by the randomness of the natural beauty within my campus and around the city. One day I was walking towards the Social Security Office in the city and stumbled upon this nursery at the suburbs of the city. I can still remember how excited I was when I spotted this place. I had to plan my visit to the nursery a couple more times to make sure I had taken pictures of the flowers that they had at their place. It was both the place and the equipment (iPhone5) that I had. Started taking pictures and began madly sharing them on facebook, just to realize that I had a bunch of friends who wouldn't appreciate the work that was shared. Found Instagram as an alternative source when I was chided by my sisters that it's so very painful for them to keep seeing just flowers rolling on their newsfeed. I was just struggling to find a medium to share my work where one could experience it.

It was in 2014 that I got to know that my school has a magazine that publishes pictures in it.I didn't wait until they published the request, I immediately sent my work to them and guess what, a picture that was captured during my trekking happened to be on the cover page. I was puzzled to see this and had just been in the Cloud9 moment for a while. It was during this period that I was in Chicago working as an Intern for a consulting firm. I spent my weekends visiting the Lincoln Conservatory and finding other places that I could just relax. These trips obviously helped me capture few more beautiful pictures. But, no chance that I could share the pictures on facebook for the same reasons that I mentioned earlier. I just kept sharing the work on Instagram. Got a few beautiful clicks during this period, but no better way to share the work than Instagram.  Then, I was just browsing the Internet the other day and found a name of a friend on my google+ page and just looked him up on google just with a curiosity on what's he upto. Guess what I found, it was the National Geographic Your Shot page. Then I realized, I found the right place to share my work. This was the moment that I realized how mad I was about sharing my work on the craziest platforms until then where people visit to share other things than artwork.

I have to thank my friend who indirectly helped find this medium to share the work and I have a strong desire to have atleast one picture of mine to get published in the NatGeo work. That would just bring another Cloud9 moment until it happens.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A long story of a short journey

A short journey of 11months 18 Days ... Almost an year in the United States.

I still remember the long flight trip I've done from Hyderabad - Doha - Houston - Dallas. A wonderful journey accompanied by the beautiful air hostess who me helped get a lavish appetite throughout the trip. "Oblivion" a super english flick , Planes (my favorite animation movie after Minions) and Special 26 (a Hindi flick) were few of the movies I got to watch during the flight journey.

A panoramic view of Doha was a feast to the eyes, especially the man made islands were beautiful to look from close to 40K feet in the sky. Rest of the time was spent dreaming about the future in the United States. I still remember the words of my dad's friend who came to wish adieu ... "USA is the mecca of education" and it's very much true in many ways. I totally agree with you uncle :). 

The long awaited moment of immigration arrives finally after we reached the Houston Airport. I remember making my arrangements for the set of papers I'd have to submit at the port of entry. The lines were very long and I felt nostalgic imagining what kind of a conversation would I have with the officer. It actually ended as a simple conversation that began with a Hi and ended with a "Happy Stay in the States". 

Carrying two huge bags filled with Indian spices, pickles, and a lot of memories was not an easy task. 

It was such a wonderful experience looking at the trains that move passengers within the airport from one terminal to another.

Then, one of most critical moments in the first week were choosing between multiple admits I had from different schools. One was a school which was an hour away from my sisters place and another a 1000 miles away. I didn't realize that within a span of a week I had to travel to Missouri to begin my Masters program. I had no clue what would it be like, my lovely sister promised me that she is just a phone call away and to everyone's surprise my brother-in-law left all his work behind just to accompany me for my travel to Missouri. What happened next was such a sweet journey which I'd expand in my post that I would write in future.