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School’s Out

October 29th, 2010

Some time ago I had was given an assignment to shoot the newest addition to the Lycee Louis Massignon French school – being the large, elegant building which now comfortably houses class rooms and a library. These were moved from their original location in a building which, due to expansion, was far outgrown.

I was given the run of the school campus and so ended up wandering around the old building where a lot of my friends here in Abu Dhabi had studied. I came across a place in transition. It was being emptied out and work had begun to refurbish the place. Some rooms were empty. Tables and chairs were stacked up in corridors. Paint was peeling off the walls. Notes and children’s drawing were still stacked up on boards in the halls and rooms. Some walls were being torn down.

It felt strange to be visiting a school that was not my own (I attended the International School of Choueifat here) and yet to feel as though the place was familiar and as though the halls and rooms should have been bigger – seen from the perspective of a small child.

Below, a selection of shots from the old school building.

It was strange to visit a place that once was so very alive with scampering children and to see it empty and quiet, yet still bearing evidence of their passing. I felt as though, if I listened carefully, I could hear their shrieks and laughter and pattering of small feet in the halls and the gentle scolding of teachers.

It makes me wonder if the traces of the past can ever be completely excised from a place – or a mind for that matter. Then I am reminded of Ovid‘s Metamorphoses. “Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.

The new builds on the old, and the old makes way for the new. It is as it should be.

Everything changes, but nothing is truly lost.

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Bangalore – Slices of Life – Part I

November 28th, 2009

Bangalore is a busy and bustling place. It’s a city that has grown enormously in recent years to become the IT heart of India.

I tried to capture as much of the life and spirit of the city as I could in the short time I was there. Unfortunately, time was very limited and traffic was so frustratingly bad it took forever to get from place to place. The end result was that what I saw of  Bangalore was mostly what zipped, or crawled, by a car window.

I spotted this mother and daughter as they were heading home from school:

Heading Home From School (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 65mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/640sec)

Seen off a side street leading onto Commercial Street:

Moped Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/400sec)

I wonder what he’s got in that sack of his…

It was interesting seeing how Hindu neighbourhoods were followed by Muslim neighbourhoods. The differences between the neighbourhoods tended to range from the subtle … to the less subtle. Take the shot below, for example:

Hubby & Wife (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/1000sec)

Seems the sun does occasionally shine in darkened places. Seen in an underpass:

Sunny Side Up (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f3.5, ISO 200, 1/2000sec)

This was taken from the car, while waiting our turn at a junction. The tuk-tuk/auto driver and I rolled our eyes at the traffic and exchanged smiles before I took this.

Drag Racing (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 70mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/80sec)

I spotted this man sweeping the streets on the other side of the road:

Sweeper Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 135mm, f5.6, ISO 200, 1/125sec)

A fruit stall on Brigade Street:

Fruits! (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 75mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/125sec)

I loved the brightness of the colours.

We met these friendly people around the bustling entrance to Cubbon Park, by the exit to the courts:

People Outside Cubbon Park (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 24mm, f5, ISO 200, 1/80sec)

This woman was sweeping away dead leaves in one of the small gardens just off Cubbon Park:

Sweeper Lady (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 68mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/320sec)

This is probably one of the odder sights I saw in Bangalore. I have no idea why this man why carrying a dummy…

Dummy-On-A-Stick Man (D700, Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 56mm, f8, ISO 200, 1/160sec)

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