With everything being so digitalised today, black and white pictures instantly send you to an era that has been long forgotten. Well, for me, till date nothing is more appealing and impactful than a black and white picture. You don’t need any photoshop or the most recent smartphone app ‘Instagram’. What is out there is captured in the frame as it is.
“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant
Back when I was in college studying photography, we were forced to start our module with B&W photography. Like young enthusiasts we cribbed (of course), but slowly fell in love with camera rolls so much that didn’t want to ever replace them with coloured ones in the next semester. Oh yes, we didn’t learn on digital SLRs, but instead bought rolls and fixed them in the sockets of our out-dated (as you would like to call now!) cameras. However, we loved those bulky cameras, and simply loved going click, click, click…
Below are few photographs that I randomly picked from my absolutely favourite portal – Google. These pictures don’t only attract with their frame setting, but has a message too in them.
P.S. You may come across few other exceptionally well-clicked ones, but hey, it’s my blog and this is my selection 😛
© Nobuyuki Taguchi
© Harald Bildner
© Lucian Olteanu
© Carmelo Eramo
© Sylvain Lagarde
© Velvet Palette
© Mikko Lagerstedt
© Elliott Erwitt
Below is the picture that made me do this post… Ulyana Sergeenko photographed by StyleTao after Jean-Paul Gaultier Couture show. Honestly, this is one of the best clicks I’ve come across recently.
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To be honest, I was hooked to FB, in fact I am still, but day after day it’s becoming a crowded place where lanky asses (not including many of us!) like to show-off the world how happy their miserable lives are; where app requests bombard the notifications making our lives hell (Smartphone users will definitely know what I mean) and where girls get jealous seeing their guys poking, liking and commenting on other irrelevant girls profiles.
So, seeing all this I’m slowly moving away from this virtual world, which has nearly killed my real world. However, I do agree it helps me with work info, and friends’ updates (who have got married, who is having babies and who went from “in a relationship” to “single”). But then again, it has ruined the fun of calling friends, chatting for hours on the phone and pulling their leg on their new crush.
FB is slowly going from good to bad and what made it even more painful was the launch of Timeline. Out of temptation, I too clicked on the ‘Publish Now’ button and totally hate it now. This is why:
- Cover Photo: So we select the creepiest pictures to show the world how bloody cool our thoughts are. And I say ‘world’, because it is made public – not only your friends, but also friends of friends, exes and the whole FB jing-bang can see it. Dammit.
- Profile Picture: It’s the size of a passport picture. What the hell? And who bloody looks nice in a passport shot? Okay, your pic can be a full shot, mid shot or knee-length shot, but all will appear the size of a passport pic – making it even worse as now you look like a midget (no offense, please).
- Wall Posts: When on someone’s profile, the posts appear in two columns, where you keep moving your eyes from left to right, right to left, left to right and so on. It was much easier when your eyes were just fixed at the centre of the page and you simply kept scrolling down the page. That aside, pictures automatically get cropped, if it’s bigger than the box size. So to view the entire shot, you are forced to click on the picture – too much effort.
- History (Year-wise): So, once upon a time I wrote a drunken status, bitching about my gf that she somehow missed out on (as she’s nice who doesn’t keep a tab on my updates), but can “now” see every like, and read every comment made on it. WTF!!! Are you serious? I don’t want to tell people and let myself know too, what I wrote as a status zillion years ago. But no, this year-wise history just about reveals every dirtiest secret of ours – from our status updates to who wrote what on our wall. I mean, come on I was single that time, but now I’m committed.
- Settings: This problem started from the day FB geniuses decided to change the settings of ‘Privacy Settings’, making our life so complicated. With Timeline, it just got much more complicated. *Phew*
P.S. After reading this, don’t blame me for making you hate the timeline now.
Photo Courtesy: theantisocialmedia.com
I know V-Day was a week back, but then you don’t need only ‘a’ particular day to celebrate love. She has the right to be loved every single day, pampered every minute and surprised with flowers and gifts at regular intervals (or actually just whenever you feel like swiping your MasterCard!).
P.S. Though being a girl, I hate flowers – Yes, you heard it right! I feel bad for the poor creatures who were once blooming and are now lying dead in some trash can.
I’m sure you all will agree that every one of us is a victim of ‘That Awkward Moment’. There are umpteen moments on a day-to-day basis that leave us zapped, speechless and embarrassed.
Just like you guys, I’m not perfect and get embarrassed when I do something wrong in front of my friends, when I bump into my ex’s girlfriend or when my crush asks me who is the guy (This one happened recently!)… and so on. These are moments when we want to run away and hide in our rooms. But then remember, they are temporary and fade away faster than they come! So like me, enjoy them and laugh out loud when discussing it with your girlies.
Would you like to share a laugh with me? Here are few ‘That Awkward Moment’ posters that I randomly selected from the Internet…
After Oscar nominee and Hollywood’s current favourite – Jean Dujardin’s new film poster was denounced as sexist in France, I got really curious about checking out the 60s, 70s and 80s posters that portrayed women and at times men in negative light. Advertising at that time was seriously on a different level, highlighting offensively sexist posters. But tell me – have we come a long way since then?
Jean Dujardin in Les Infideles (The Players). The caption reads: "I'm going into a meeting"
Here are few Sexist Vintage Ads…
NEW Sexist Ads…
Though I’ve never read Playboy, and to be honest, never intend to also, but still it has always fascinated me. Not for it’s pictures or content, but for the brand name – It is imprinted on almost everyone’s mind.
Hugh Hefner is the man behind this iconic magazine, which for all the obvious reasons keep the men glued to its pages. In India, the mag may never be launched, of course, unless they want Shiv Sena(s) and Mahila Mukti Sanghatana(s) to cry out their name, burn their issues and break every piece of furniture that peppers their office. For men here, it’s just downloading the pages, asking their friends to grab a copy while returning from the States or buying an old issue from Khan Market (Delhi).
Playboy and women are two common topics that are discussed in my office everyday. Obviously! So, one day whilst at work, these ads of Playboy from the 60s caught my fancy. Either, men at that time thought women were blondes or just plain idiots. Well, honestly they still think so. Don’t they?