CHRISTMAS COLORS

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We have a new fashion in town. Call it Christmas colours. Yes, this is a formal wear. Red trousers and shirt. Punctuated with snow white wide belt and sleeve bands. Both men and women wore this attire to represent the sentiments of the many Santa Claus. This was Christmas. All the streets were illuminated. The city announced that the festive season has arrived. The time of the year when merry making is not just only licensed, but seemed to be mandated. The writing was loud and clear. Merry Christmas to one and all.

Celebrations are designed almost since a month before. Large numbers of Christians walked into the churches. They offered the traditional mid night prayers. Cities, towns and also villages were decorated. Most of the decoration is, as to mimic the happening in Nordic countries. Such as Christmas trees, reindeers, sledges and the ubiquitous blanket of snow white. The universal Christmas colours are the dark green, red and then white. The danglings on the trees are balls in golden and silver colours.

This is a period when giving gifts is at its best. Friends, family, neighbours, and all the society comes together to convey greetings to each other. Also, the people who avoided communication, used this opportunity to make up from their differences. The harmony is evident as if Jesus Christ has descended somewhere nearby.

The story of Jesus Christ is very revealing. The cross, the Christ and the resurrection. If I was permitted to deconstruct this symbolism, then there opens up the insight. The details and nuances of the way, the people live, is symbolized as the cross. The body of Jesus is life itself. And the only redemption from the crucifix is to resurrect, from the doings of the living. Jesus Christ moved into the path of prayer, social service, charity and forgiveness. He certainly knew to walk the path of sacrifice. So, what people need to learn is the method to resurrect from grip of painful habits of their mind. Probably, Jesus had this cause, to train the followers, in the art of resurrecting in their minds. What other way is there to manage the austerity of carrying your cross? Jesus Christ has given the pointer, to master the art of delinking from selfishness. He is the inspiration for millions of people to operationalize generosity. Christmas is the reminder to connect to the cause of humility and gratitude.

The hotels had their lobbies decorated. People’s imagination brought new decorative Christmas. There were, green, white, red and even a purple Christmas tree. Santa Clauses were old bearded men, pot- bellied young men, women Santa Claus. Even women with Indian bindhi on forehead, adorned the Santa attire. Christmas sometimes looked that it is not limited to the followers of the Christian faith.

The chef in the restaurant personally ensured that the foods were of a delight to eat. They boasted of the rich ingredients, exquisite tastes and excellent food decoration. Traditional western Christmas food items and Indian foods made the exotic fusion of foods.

In a town, were parades, procession on roads and in other public places. Tens of thousands of people participated in the themes of tableux presentations. Hundreds of people represented each costume. There were batches of people dressed as ostriches, goats, eagles, chicken and many others. The boys and girls, danced throughout the length of this procession. The entertainment value was much, though regimented.

Children from schools and colleges displayed their stamina to walk over ten kilometers in such appealing costumes. Some trucks had a stage built on them. Young guitarists, drummers, singers and other musician sang traditional Christmas songs. Many priests and nuns from convents in their official gowns and cloaks and uniforms, maintained disciplined during the procession. The silence of the night was reverberated by the song “ silent night, holy night’.

For the popular taste, was the melody of “Mary’s boy child, Jesus Christ” and all. The all jumping and thumping rendering of the Jingle bells, jingle bells had everybody stomping their feet and dancing all the way . Christmas Carole at the doorsteps in the neighbourhood and the collection of the gifts and money, by the local children moved the hearts of many.

Attentions was drawn to the infant lying in the crib. Many artists must have put their talents together to design the most fabulous cribs. The crib which had the infant. With the parents, kings and wellwisher, looking on into the crib. Every house that arranged the crib also had the stars dangling from the roofs. The cakes had many varieties and designs. Yet the customary plump cake did not lose any charm.

The formalities of the Christmas season has dissolved into the heartfelt brotherhood of mankind. The cowshed is the only place where the delivery of Christ seemed appropriate. The story of Jesus Christ, is a case study of graduation. That of, a journey from poverty to the wisdom of living.

There is justice in this aspiration to celebrate Christmas every year. The festive season for all is not Christian centric. May many more people merge and converge, to work these words of wisdom.

PHOTOGRAPHY

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Kick start your imagination. This is a narration of a picture. A photograph. He stood still for a moment. He was climbing the steps. With one foot on a step higher and the other foot on the lower step, there seemed to a movement of the subject. A male figure called “Bensen”. The yellow grills were thick and bold. The entire photograph had a ghothic sentiment. The subject, Bensen looked sure and purposeful and yet a little lost to any specific activity. The direction was clearly upward. Bensen stood with the grill in front and the stone wall behind.

A gate with fabrication of metal, synchronized with the fence. This gate and fence added volume to the heavy body in the picture. All these formed the middle ground.

Bellow the grilled fence, we see the depth and a lower level from the steps. This contributes a lot of shadow that complements the bright white sunlight above. Such contrasts have worked well to contribute much meaning to the picture.

Both feet and the hands are visible of the subject Bensen. A sense of completeness in the subject is essential to give the photograph; it’s needed idea of legitimacy.

The immediate, back drops are made from heavy granite stone. It is in a studied formation and a strong wall. As if to kill the monotony, the next background is lush green and a rich forest. The depth of field, as if the eyes can travel through far, right into the horizon. And much white sun light is visible among the gaps of the trees. All these, fore ground, middle ground and multiple layers of backgrounds provide a great appeal. Then, is the firm and sure formations. All the geometrics are strong and clear. Vertical lines, horizontal, circular and angular shapes are incorporated. The picture has a value of a rural and extremely rustic character. The male subject Bensen shares screen space with each and every other factor and component that is visible. No, one part, inside this picture can stand alone. Therefore the composition looks full and total.

The use of outdoor sun light is impressive. Especially on the dark fluffy jacket of Bensen, the light falls on the arm, sleeves and collars. This gives the needed definitions of contours and curves in the dressing. The Architectural accentuation in the ascending frontage and descending tail part bring forth the cultural spirit in photography. Over twenty shades of grey have been produced by light, shades and shadows.

There is an intrigue about the discovery of such location where the green forest is in the upper half of the picture.

The forms, shapes, light and colours all, work in harmony. These compositions of items that complements one another, effortlessly drives the movement of the eyes of the viewer. Where ever the eyes fall, it is then guided like a walk through to all parts inside this frame.

There is richness in the expression. Pleasant and comforting attire. A calculated smile. And a bit dab of melancholy has the viewer, taste a little drama of the director.

In all, one would be safe to rate it towards the winning grade.  The photographer’s strength is to convey a context, for his subject and the location. If the picture has proved an imagination of a specific story in the viewer, then the purpose is achieved, by this photograph. The fulfillment in the photographer is in the imparting and the impact of the, message in the viewer. The judges will qualify also, the ability of this photographic work, to communicate.

A good photograph is an award in it’self to the art of visual communication. Really, words may be able to render the true sense, of the photographer’s intentions. As is the author to a script, so is the photographer to a picture.

In this photograph, the clicker must, fill in the blank space behind the subject, “Bensen”. The space at the tail end seems to be empty. A still object or a different colour on the floor of the tail end was needed as a filler. That space, proportionately looks empty. Well, nothing is perfect from the scrutiny of a critique. Any which way, this is shot in a mobile cellular phone. This is evidence that everybody who has near, ten mega pixel camera, fitted into a smart phone, can become a photo artist.

Good imagination of the story behind a visual and quick processing of technicality of location is needed. Then you can capture the event or situation in the equipment that is fitted into your smart phone.

You can get visibility on applications such as instagram. You can develop your own photo blog. And migrate yourself to a new photography hobby. Photo journalism is a full time career that has become trendy. An eye for the unique story, that generally misses the attention of the people, such observation can get you glory in the media industry.

A great photograph, good technical understanding of photograph, some imagination can develop your art sense. Narrating the photograph into a technique of storytelling can make you a journalist and reporter.

Many activities are possible when you begin to own the smartphone. Most of all, you are now the Author and the publisher. The social media can give many opportunities for you to publish your content. Finally the saying is, that the content is king, but the promotion is the Queen. So begin photography, write the narration and then publish your work.

Now, is the exercise for the reader. Simply read carefully with full attention. Then, keep ready a pencil and paper. Now, make a sketch to illustrate in picture form, the story that you have read. It is then, that this communication is complete.