To all the folks who stop by the blog, and sent condolences and good wishes about my mom. That blog kind of wrote itself. Had a sense you know, that she was there, telling me what to do, or in this case what to write. Glad I have those pictures from that day, to be sure. It doesn’t really matter if you’re shooting for National Geographic or your Facebook page, the pictures you make of those close to you, the people you love, are the most important pictures you’ll ever make. And they can be the hardest. Your family can be a tough subject, and a tough editor. They’ll complain, perhaps, and your kids will roll their eyes. “Dad’s gettin’ weird with the camera again!” Or there won’t be enough time, so doing pictures at the next outing seems best. It’s up to us, the family documentarians, to be the insistent curmudgeon, the bump in the road, the one who gets everybody to go stand together in open shade. It’s what we do. (It also appears from reading all the comments that a whole bunch of us out there have or had strong willed moms:-)
So being a photog can be a bit painful, or awkward. It can also be a bit odd. The below pix I guess fall into the category of “weird stuff that happens to a shooter.” I just documented the Hindu festival of Thaipusam for the second year in a row. Last year, when I came to Malaysia, I didn’t know anything about it. And now, once again, I found myself in the midst of twirling, entranced devotees.
Thaipusam is basically a haymaker to most of your senses–sight, sound, and smell. Smoke, sweat, blood, incense, heat and music all attend the procession up to the Batu Caves to honor Murugan.
Light source for these is the new Lastolite Speed-Lite which produces a real nice quality of light for its’ size. Popped it onto a paint pole, and started playing with mixing flash and shutter speeds to get more or less motion in the pix.
But, you know, after all the craziness, for me, the best picture of the day was a simple shot. This incredibly patient little baby, getting his noggin shaved for his trip to the cave. Just a sweet face in easy light.