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This is Homai Vyarawala, and some of her photographs. I’ve been wanting to blog about her for a long time since she is an inspiration to me. She was the first woman photojournalist in India, and worked from the 1930s upto the 1970s. It might not be such a big deal for those who are not Indian but Homai Vyarawala totally broke the cultural and social barriers that existed in those days.

She studied art at The Sir J.J. School of Arts, learnt photography from her husband Maneckshaw Vyarawala, photographed most key political and social events pre- as well as post-Independence, AND won the Padma Vibhushan award just last year. She points out that she’d given up photography after 1970 because she was disgusted with the changed political ethos and leadership after Jawaharlal Nehru. Major exhibitions of her photographs were held in late 2010 in New Delhi, & also in Mumbai at the National Gallery of Modern Art. 

I admire her so much because I can totally understand the sort of tremendous cultural barriers she undoubtedly faced in life. She’s a vital part of India’s history, has been and always will be.

That woman was just so badass. RIP.

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Hi. I drew this. I hate it. Need more practise. So, so demotivated.

Hi. I drew this. I hate it. Need more practise. So, so demotivated.

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We were given a project in which we were asked to tell a story using only still photographs. This is what we came up with, because who doesn’t like cupcakes?

To be honest, I’m not completely in love with this one. But it was a group project, and I didn’t want to be the annoying perfectionist who is never satisfied with anything. I’m still very proud of us though :)

Also, the last bit, the timelapse was done by me. Stayed awake for 48 hours because, well, just watch it.

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My first few attempts at using my Bamboo. I’m doing okay, I’m not very good, I’m not very fast. Criticism is welcome. :) 

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I made a 3D version of the “Watch Me” Wall Clock by Normann Copenhagen. 
It’s funny because I was doing work to avoid doing work. :D

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Just something I did for my 365 day project, the one I never completed.

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Just something I did for my 365 day project, the one I never completed.

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This is my very first attempt to do a timelapse, ever! It is of the Sharjah Light Festival 2012 aaaand it kind of sucks. Actually, it sucks a lot. I did this without a tripod so it’s really shaky and choppy. But yeah, I know I’ll get better at it :)

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Turn Me On, Dammit is a Norwegian independent film about a 15 year old girl named Alma who has a strong sexual appetite. She likes this guy named Artur, who, at a party, pokes her thigh with his dick. When she tells her two closest friends, they stop talking to her & the news spreads around school. Artur denies doing such a thing, and she obtains the nick name “Dick-Alma.”

This film was almost like being in a daydream, and that’s how it’s supposed to make you feel: Like you’re watching Alma’s daydreams, her thoughts and the feeling of how dazed she is. The cinematography was beautiful, specially the cool, almost faded tones. The acting was wonderful, considering that most of the actors were inexperienced. It addressed quite a few strong viewpoints of things, but with a light-hearted & humourous delivery. I can definitely say that the film put across the message it intended to; in the most honest way possible. 

For such a short film, though I thought it was too slow-paced. The storyline could have had a little more action than just the protagonist walking by an empty road & sitting alone drinking beer etc. It’s not a movie I would recommend to everyone as it’s quite bold & might be an uncomfortable watch for some and it’s also a little hard to follow as it switches seamlessly between reality and fantasy.

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Tinted thoughts.
What am I saying?
I was just playing around with my white balance.
Not dyeing my imagination purple.
None of this is poetic.
If it means something to you, good.
If it doesn’t, even better. 

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Sikka is an art fair that features work by artists living in the United UAE, and exhibitions in collaboration with A.i.R, Dubai. There will also be talks, discussions, film screenings & music being held.

Bastakiya is one of the few places in Dubai that is cultural yet contemporary, and it’s the perfect place for such a fair.  Sunday is the last day, so don’t miss it!

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