Archive for February, 2010

Project 365 – Day 31

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 31

India Day 9.

I took this photo at the barbershop next to my uncle’s place in Pona. I was in India for about a month, and I never shaved myself. It is so nice and painless to get shaved by someone with a straight blade. It cost about 50 cents CAD.

The person in the photo is one of my cousins, Nana.

Project 365 – Day 30

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 30

India Day 8.

I took this photo in a city called Ludhiana. I realize the white cars in the background are overexposed. I’m not sure how to correct for this and still have the rickshaw exposed properly.

Project 365 – Day 29

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 29

India Day 7.

A dancer at another wedding.

Project 365 – Day 28

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 28
India Day 6.

Another photo in Lopo. I was walking around the outside of a Sikh Temple and I spotted this older car.

Project 365 – Day 27

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 27

India Day 5.

I think this is another photo in Lopo. We were sitting outside eating chicken and drinking some beers (Hayward 5000s). There are several outdoor food vendors in the evenings. Vendors for chicken, peanuts, eggs, orange juice, etc.

Project 365 – Day 26

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 26

India Day 4.

I took this photo in a small village called Lopo. My brother’s wife Meena is from this village, and we were visiting her parents and siblings. You often see women transporting heavy and bulky loads on their heads.

Project 365 – Day 25

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 25

India Day 3.

I took this photo at a wedding. The couple is in the soft blur in the background, and the person in the foreground was part of the musical group. I think it is a very colorful photo. Maybe if I hadn’t seen so many weddings, I would have picked a photo of the wedding couple instead.

Project 365 – Day 24

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Day 24

India Day 2.

I took this photo in Pona, which is my mother’s village. This guy walks around with a couple of snacks in his back, and offers a little performance for a small amount of money. I ran into this man about three or four times during my entire trip to India, in about three different villages.

Project 365 – Day 23

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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India Day 1.

I can’t remember the time we landed, but it was dark and foggy. The drive from the airport in Amritsar to our house in Jagroan took several slow hours in the fog. I took this photo just outside a Dhaba near our house. A Dhaba is somewhat of a road side restaurant, maybe resembling a truck stop.

I know, I was hoping something a more Indian for my first photo.

Nuit Blanche Tips

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Nuit Blanche is coming up. I checked it out last year and had a blast, but I do remember taking down a few notes to remember for the next time around. So here are a few simple tips to make your Nuit Blanche a little more enjoyable:

  • Small groups. I know the idea of going with a bunch of people sounds cool, but in reality, it is complicated and stressful to organize. It’s also hard to keep everybody happy. I recommend just going with 1-2 buddies.
  • Dress properly. Last year, it was freakin cold, especially in the Old Port. It was freezing outside, and every warm inside. A layered approach is probably best. Make sure to check the weather forecast beforehand. Sounds obvious, I know, but if you want to stay out late with the rest of is, this is important.
  • Small doses of alcohol. You can buy beers at some of the events, but I strongly recommend purchasing a flask and filling it with your favorite drink. Not only will you save some money and have a little buzz to keep you going, but everyone looks good with a flask.
  • Be Flexible. Definitely take a look at the program for the evening, and try to pick events that are physically near each other, but remember to be flexible. Don’t stress too much about the program, but keep one handy, especially for late night as the options become fewer.
  • Focus on live acts/performances. You can walk in to a museum and see still paintings whenever you want, but to see a bunch of live performances in different places all in one night is a lot more rare. I had way more fun checking out dance performances last year than I did looking at sculptures and paintings.