Category Archives: Photowalks

First Photowalk in Tana

We’ve had a few weeks to settle into the groove here in Antananarivo (pronounce “tananarive” but more frequently shortened to “tana”) and so we figured it was high time we got out and about with our cameras.  There is so … Continue reading

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Final Chennai Photowalk

I’ve been out of India for over three weeks now, but wanted to finish sharing our experiences of our last few weeks in India before closing out that wonderful chapter in our lives, as documented in the TAZM Pictures blog. We … Continue reading

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The Chennai Photowalk

One of the best things about Chennai, for us, was the “photowalks.”  A photowalk is basically just walking around with a camera and seeing what you can photograph.  Often these walks are in groups.  I discovered photowalks in Chennai, though … Continue reading

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Tirukalukundram

Eighteen kilometers west of the Tamil Nadu tourist town of Mahabalipuram is a town of about 24,000 called Tirukaludundram which is known for its hilltop temple, the Vedagiriswarar temple.  The temple consists of an upper part up on a hill, which can … Continue reading

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Gypsies in India

We regularly join “photowalks” here in Chennai, and were surprised to hear we were going to visit a “gypsy colony.”  A bit of googling informed me that the “Roma” people speak a language closely related to Hindi, and are thought … Continue reading

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Impressions of Koyambedu

Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex is one of Asia’s largest perishable goods market complexes.  Spread over an area of 295 acres, the complex consists of more than 1,000 wholesale shops and 2,000 retail shops.  The market has two blocks for vegetable shops and one … Continue reading

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Photographing Chennai’s Kids

A number of different photographer groups in Chennai regularly organize photowalks – walks through various neighborhoods in Chennai. The potential photographic subjects will vary – sometimes it’s market vendors, or stately old buildings, still life, fishing villages. In certain situations, … Continue reading

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Chennai: Grit and Grain

In Namibia, photography was all about long lenses, tripods, “the golden hour”, and finding the right guide. Since moving to Chennai, a large city in India, the lenses have gotten much shorter, shooting is sometimes instinctive; and sweeping landscapes have … Continue reading

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Badrian Street and the Flower Market

Badrian Street or “Budirian Street” as it is painted on the street sign, is the site of Chennai’s old wholesale flower market. While technically, the vendors in what is commonly known as “poo-k-kadai,” sell “wholesale”, their typical clients are ladies who … Continue reading

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At the Fair – Chennai Style

There’s a place in north-central Chennai where they set up the local “fair.” Called the “Island Grounds”, it’s the site of the 40th Tourism and Trade Fair. To be honest, we skipped most of the trade fair itself, but found … Continue reading

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Mylapore’s Annual Kolam Contest

When I first arrived in southern India, I blogged about the “kolams” made by millions of women in India every day.  So it turns out this is also a competitive sport of sorts! Over the last four days, the Mylapore … Continue reading

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Photowalk in Georgetown (Chennai, India): the Flower Market

Third in a series of posts about a photowalk taken in northern Chennai, in a section of town called Georgetown. I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that there are people – mainly older women – all over Chennai … Continue reading

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Photowalk in Georgetown (Chennai, India): Poses

This is the second in a multi-part series about a recent photowalk in Georgetown, one of the most dense parts of Chennai, and virtually the only area to retain its colonial identifier. In a couple of days I hope to … Continue reading

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Photowalk: Odd Jobs in Georgetown (Chennai, India!)

This will be the first in a multi-post series on a Sunday morning photowalk in Georgetown – a part of Chennai, India.  This part of the city , just inland from Chennai’s port, includes some of the city’s most crowded … Continue reading

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Photowalk: Chintadripet

Chintadripet is a community contained within a bow of the Cooum (or Kouvam) River in the center of Chennai.  Though I have no idea what it means, the community was once called Chinna Thari pettai due to its history as … Continue reading

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Sunday Photowalk through the ‘Hood

Monsoon season has come to Chennai, India.  According to the weather reports, it’s only raining in Chennai.  But it seems that all the rain which should have fallen elsewhere is also falling in Chennai.  So when I woke up this morning … Continue reading

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Testing the Kodak Retina 1a

In today’s world of camera that are fully automatic, and only the hard-core photographer bothers to worry about and understand concepts such as aperture and ISO, managing to get decent photos from a camera where you must set everything manually … Continue reading

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Photowalk: Diwali

This morning, we rose early to go on another Chennai photowalk, especially for Diwali.  Again the route chosen for the group took us near the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, in Mylapore – which I blogged about a few weeks ago.  At this … Continue reading

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Photowalk: Triplicane

After the long series of posts on Goa, we’ve been back home again for a few weeks, and I’ve been able to join another photowalk.  This time, it was to the part of Chennai known as “Triplicane”, which is one … Continue reading

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Chennai Photowalk Part 3: Kapaleeshwarar Temple

…as far as this particular photowalk goes, I’ve saved the best for last. We initially went into the less-trafficked entrance entrance to this amazing temple, following the lead of the Indians in our group, and after a few photos, were … Continue reading

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Chennai Photowalk Part 2: Streets at Night

It seems strange to think that, after 2 months living in this city, we haven’t really been out at night.  I’ve been out very early and there are a surprising number of people up and about – this is the … Continue reading

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Chennai Photowalk: In Search of Golu

Golu, also known as Kolu or Bommai Golu – the “festival of dolls” – has come to Chennai.  Golu is celebrated during the festival of Navratri in southern India.  I find the background of the festival confusing, not knowing many … Continue reading

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