Friday, October 29, 2010

Magical Beauty

Rainbow Sendoff  Digital Photography

Flight delays were worth it when I looked out the window soon after settling in my seat - double rainbows actually - and I was able to capture at least one by the time I fished out my camera.  I love the   image with the blurry colors and shapes and the rain drops on the window pane. 

I have been home for a week now,  enjoying the trip all over again going through the hundreds of photographs. As I was looking at the pictures, I was reminded of artist and photographer Vik Muniz's words in a New York Times article Where Art Meets Trash and Transforms Life I had just read couple of days ago : "The real magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it." Vik Muniz's exceptional creativity, art and photography are legendary. The article talked about his newest project "Pictures of Garbage" series -monumental photographic portraits made from trash, and a documentary "Waste Land" about making of the series- -a collaboration with the garbage pickers of Jardim Gramacho, a 321 acre open-air dump outside Rio that is one of the largest landfills in Latin America. I am very touched to know that he has devoted his time and money to non-profits that provide education and job training for street children and was recently honored as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. A clip of the the documentary in the NYT website shows the scale and  the unusual and surprising materials he uses to make the portraits. It was International Artists Day on Oct 25 (Picasso's B'day), and  I celebrate it by giving a shout out to artist Vik Muniz.  

16 comments:

padmaja said...

Wow, Meera, some minds think alike :-) I have the same pic taken at Mumbai airport ready to be put on canvas!

jyothisethu said...

beautifully captured...
congrats...

meera said...

Thank you, Padmaja, you think it has to do anything with looking out of windows months at a time during mansoons ?

@jyothisety, Thanks :) It is always great to share!

Prabha N. said...

Fab photo! Your last cricket WC has a unique perspective which we Indians can relate so well :)

meera said...

Thank you, Prabha!

Kathy Staicer said...

Another great photo! And more words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing both.

B said...

love the eveneness of those blue and red lined up airplanes though the droplets

meera said...

Kathy and B, thank you :) Did you see thru the individual droplets? --Each one of those has an upside down reflection --just amazing wonderful nature, isn't it?

thiliMy said...

beautiful! I love this photo

meera said...

Thanks Thili :) -that means a lot to me !!

Crystal Cook said...

That is a gorgeous photo meera! I mean, it leaves me speechless! :)

meera said...

Thanks Crystal -- I love your support :)

keshav said...

the water drops & rainbow is what makes this pic awesome!

meera said...

Thanks - it was spectacular that day -- too bad I couldn't catch the double rainbow with my camera --but its etched in my memory :)

padmaja said...

Meera, thanks for liking my Autumn.. by the way, oil painting paper is available in India and UK. You can get it online from http://www.greatart.co.uk/paper-oil-acrylic.html

meera said...

Thank you, Padmaja :) I have never tried oils --may be one of these days --this sounds interesting.

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