I admit I had been pretty reflective over the last few days… more so this year than in recent past. Perhaps it’s because of 2013 being the year of my personal reinvention (going really well, thanks!), after many years of being a cog in someone else’s wheels. I practiced and strengthened a few new muscles last year (letting go, letting be, less judgement, more listening, restraint on spending on the nice-to-haves, better creative expression – this blog is one avenue, networking…) so a little pat on the back is well-deserved 🙂
What do I wish for myself in this new milestone year? Mostly to remain fearless and push ahead in spite of the doubts, have loads more fun while doing so…and not to mistake activity for achievement! Continue to believe. And yes, the biggie – to trust and love again.
Here’s to a rewarding year for you too in whatever phase of life you are in right now, and do share your hopes for 2014 🙂
As an ever aspiring photographer, I would really love to have my images be used as a force for good. Now that I have more control of my time (see Raison D’etre page if you are curious about this at all), I guess I just have to do something about that…
In the meantime, I just stumbled upon this wonderfully simple idea initiated by an American actress – shuttertothink.org – where celebrities and artists were asked to donate one image each that means something to them, and the site sells them as authenticated prints to supporters and 100% of the proceeds go to a number of charities to help the education of women. Gender inequality of women is pretty extreme in many parts of the world so this charity is definitely worth supporting in my books!
So here’s an favourite image of mine from a recent trip to North India when I was fortunate to be able to observe a group of women (possibly from the Dhobi caste) illustriously washing clothes by the river. Maybe this is one of them I can use to raise funds for a worthy cause…
Ever had one of those days when you really want to jump for joy? Do it!! That’s me with the majestic Taj Mahal in the background.
To capture the magic, I was first in line that winter morning outside the gates. Queued for an hour and literally ran into the compound with my cameras in order to capture the magic of the Taj without people roaming around. The lone figure you see there is my guide’s son…gives it scale and perspective, I reckon.