Friday, January 24, 2014

A photoshoot gone sour....

~ Visited SHP today, after what looks like a year. Noticed that I'd accidentally deleted my last post here and never done anything about it. Tracked it down and learnt a lesson: You never really 'delete' anything on the internet. Once it's out there, it's out there. 

Re-posting and wondering if I should start blogging again. Anybody out there? ~ 

Here are a couple of photos from a guest post on accessories that didn't happen. I'd had such a fun time shooting the photos, that I decided to go ahead and publish them here. 

Let's start at the very beginning, after all it's a very good place to start- My first purchase from Amethyst, Madras close to a decade ago. It still continues to be a favourite.

A pair of silver bangles bought from a Tibetan stall on a cold Thanksgiving night at Boston's Quincy market. It was an impulse purchase, and I didn't realize then how frequently I would wear them.

Half-dozen silver bangles from India + ones with cowrie shells bought from visiting Indian artisans at the Asia Society, here in NYC. 

My favorite pair of silver earrings, seen here with a palm leaf bangle bought from a Colombian street artist in Manhattan. I own several palm leaf bangles from Madras, and though its Colombian version has colour combinations and motifs so different from the traditional Indian ones- Stumbling upon a reminder of home when I needed it most, helped bridge the gap between my old home and the new one in a small way. For those of you interested in buying products made from Madras's regional palm leaf craft, The M.Rm.Rm. Cultural Foundation has some beautiful stuff.

Half an hour into the shoot, I wondered why a post on 'accessories' had to be limited to jewelry...

Perspective: Indian jutis indoors, Peruvian jutis outdoors

Did I start out by calling this post a photoshoot gone sour? Nah, I think I will now only recall a fun few hours spent taking photos that I wouldn't have taken the trouble to otherwise. Sometimes, you need to stop and smell the roses. Sometimes, you need to stop and appreciate your jewelery. Equally important. Equally nonsensical.