An image to be sipped

?The Oncoming Storm? by Jonathan Munshi

It was an unusual situation. I was the sole judge for a contest organised by Robi through Facebook, and had found an image I loved. I wrote a piece explaining my reasons behind choosing the photograph. There were other winners, chosen by the public. An exhibition had been arranged.
Shortly before the opening, it was discovered that the photograph had been submitted not by the person who took it, but by someone else. Luckily there was time to choose another image. One which I also liked. After the show, I wrote to Jonathan Munshi, the real author of the original winner, explaining the situation. Jonathan took it well, and since I’d already written the piece describing his image, I thought I’d post it here, along with our email exchange.

Jonathan Munshi
(c) Jonathan Munshi

We look for special moments, gentle light, a fleeting glimpse. Wide open vistas, majestic skies. We capture great events, reveal hard truth. Photography is the wonderful tool that straddles science and art, mystery and fact. It enchants as it informs. But largely, photographs illustrate situations as they unfold. Record incidents. Document what is visible. It is when photography takes on the intangible that it is at its poetic best. When what it shows is not an illustration of what was, but the mystery of what might have been. It is while describing the elusive and the amorphous that photography becomes magical. Continue reading “An image to be sipped”

Hana Jheel

The security concerns in Quetta make it difficult for a foreigner to get about. Wearing Shalwar Kameez (had no idea so much cloth went into these garments) and having a beard helped. At least I made it outside of Quetta, if only to a tourist spot. Nothing as exciting as the Bazkhoshi event I went to yesterday,

The large influx of refugees in Quetta in Pakistan (some of whom have been in the country for thirty years but still have not received Pakistani nationality) has brought about many changes. Buzkhashi, the national sport of Afghanistan is now a popular pastime in Quetta. 24th February. Quetta. Pakisatan.?Photo: ???Shahidul Alam/Drik

but hey, if your client needs a pretty picture and things are difficult, a lake at sunset will do nicely, thank you!
Hana Jheel, a lake in the outskirts of Quetta. Pakistan. 25th February 2012. Photo: ???Shahidul Alam/Drik

The garbage dump was apparently in the vicinity of an army camp. So my picture taking suddenly became a security concern. This time I was the peacemaker as the solder was picking on one of my minders. Having reduced testosterone levels, we went off to our next location, Quetta’s shoot up alley.
So driving out to see the clay mountains in Bostan was a welcome treat. An approaching sandstorm made it necessary to beat a hasty retreat. The blistering wind didn’t help. Careful watching the video if you have vertigo!