Above : it looks like a planet. Like you’re about to land on a alien planet. The terrain is rugged, but it looks hospitable. Soft even. It’s actually lichen on a rock on a mountainside. Spotted on the side of the road during a rest-stop, on our way to Ranikhet.
Below : it glows green, like Kryptonite. Like the tree bled and then the green blood lumped up and froze into carpet-textured sap. Or is it a carpet protruding from the tree trunk? More aliens?
This post was published previously a few days ago. But due to unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances, I had to restore the blog to a previous date and lost two blog posts in the process. I don’t recall what I’d written earlier but I’m sure this version is better. More thoughtful.
ABOUT THIS PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT
I shot multiple frames to construct this square, large-format plate. The final image file for each set is easily larger than 4 GB in size.
My parents and I have been going on an annual vacation to Ranikhet for about a decade now. I always carry my DSLR but wasn’t feeling too inspired this time around. Of course, that triggered an idea and I decided to focus on a few subjects that personify and / or represent Ranikhet for me and the family.
I ended up calling this series “Vacation Objects” and turned it into a personal project.
All images are shot in the same format and I’m writing brief descriptions to explain why the subject is significant.
This is the fifth image series from this personal project series that I’m writing about. To see all, as they are published, #NAINAxRANIKHET #VacationObjects can be visited.
For all Ranikhet photo features on this blog, #NAINAxRANIKHET link can be visited.
Above : this is a one-frame photograph. Photographed on the Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone.
Earlier, I used to have to decide which lenses to carry with me. Now, I have to decide whether I should photograph something on my DSLR or on my phone. Results vary. Sometimes it’s the smartphone that delivers exactly what I had in mind and sometimes it’s the DSLR because I can extract so much detail from it.