Thursday, December 2, 2010

Check out this video about my project!

Artist, S. Paul, created a video about my Fulbright-Nehru project in India, Portraits for People.

Below is his documentary, Different Passage 2.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Heading home tomorrow

... with very mixed feelings ...

Sorry the blog faded, but sometime (after a lot of sleep, catching up, and appreciating all of you whom I miss so much) I should have plenty of photos to share.

As my pal, Roman - who returned from India in May - says: "an emo time." I am so looking forward to home, but I am also feeling very sad to leave my home and family here.

... and I have plenty of unfinished work, too.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Big exhibit of big photos

Yes, the blog has been abandoned for much too long. C is back in the US. I'm still here in India.

Why no posts? I'm afraid I've been working at an insane pace, with continued unreliable electricity and internet. No too surprisingly, these can be helpful when one has much to accomplish. No email interruptions, etc.

My exhibition at the art museum is going on now. It has been met with some wonderfully positive responses and a few loud complaints. I remind myself that contemporary art should make you think. You don't have to like it.

I am thrilled, though, that some viewers are enjoying the spectacle. I sit for hours outside the building - the prints are on the outside of the museum - and enjoy watching the surprised faces reacting to the work.

I would give anything to have all of you back in the US here to see it.

A few pics from installation (click on the photo to see a larger version)



Checking the roof before hanging the prints


Shyamal repairing torn print, day 2






and the first few days.


Bartha standing below his portrait


This rickshaw driver was surprised to see me photographing passers-by from the opposite side of the street.





Many view the exhibit at night through the museum's gates








Note: We are having a record-breaking storm as I write now. I can't guarantee any of the prints will be intact in the morning. I hope so, but can't be sure. It's quite something out there!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Busy and safe

I know that I am too far behind in reporting on our adventures to continue to consider myself a blogger.  Good thing C is up to the task.

I am unimaginably busy trying to catch up on months of lost time, now that the project is finally moving along and my deadline approaches much too soon.  In addition, power cuts are much more frequent lately, sometimes lasting most of the day and night.  (We have our lovely battery to run a fan, but it's not enough for the computer or much else.)

This quick check in is to reassure anyone who has seen the news of yesterday's train collision in West Bengal, that we are entirely uninvolved.  This is another heart-breaking tragedy.  Currently, it seems that it is entirely coincidental that it took place in West Bengal, and sabotage is not suspected.

Thousands of trains run all over India without incident.  It's a wonderful system parts of which the US might do well to copy.  As we all know, the more trains, the more opportunity for error.  I am saddened, but not frightened.

For any of you who have insomnia and recognize this post from C's blog, I mistakenly posted to hers.