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Colour Me Unique: Celebrating Individuality Through Fashion

  Fashion with attitude (full story here ) I wanted to share my latest personal project with you and get some feedback from you, dear valued reader. In today's world, individuality and self-expression are highly valued, and one of the ways people choose to express themselves is through fashion. The clothes we wear can speak volumes about our personality, mood, and even our individual journey. Each of us is unique, and the way we dress reflects that.  View the full series of images on  Flickr here . As a photographer, I wanted to capture this essence of individuality and self-expression through fashion and colour. In this series of portraits, I aimed to showcase a diverse range of people from different cultural and social backgrounds, highlighting their unique styles and personality. My subjects come from all walks of life, and I wanted to showcase the beauty and power of their individuality. The way we dress is a form of self-expression, and I wanted to capture that in a visually s

Embracing Japanese aesthetics: Nine principles that will change the way you think about photography

From the refined elegance of tea ceremonies to calligraphy and the simple yet complex beauty of Zen gardens, Japanese aesthetics offer a unique perspective on the nature of beauty and its relationship to our environment, emotions, and sense of self. But can we apply these aesthetics to photography? In this blog, we'll explore nine fundamental Japanese aesthetic principles and seek to answer this question. First, here's a summary of the Japanese aesthetic principles we will cover: Kanso: The principle of simplicity, clarity, and cleanliness. Fukinsei: The principle of asymmetry, irregularity, and balance. Shibui/Shibumi: The principle of simplicity, understatedness, and refined elegance. Seijaku: The principle of stillness, silence, and tranquillity. Datsuzoku: The principle of spontaneity, freedom, and detachment. Yugen: The principle of mystery, depth, and subtlety. Shizen: The principle of naturalness, spontaneity, and harmony with nature. Wabi Sabi: The principle of embracin

What is street photography?

  She nipped to the shop in her nightgown to buy some washing detergent.  A lot of people try to define street photography. Here is my view. Street photographers often aim to document the human condition and the social, cultural, and political aspects of the places and communities they photograph. Street photography can be spontaneous and candid, with the photographer capturing unplanned or unscripted moments as they unfold, or it can be more planned and staged, with the photographer seeking out specific subjects or compositions to photograph.  Street photographers typically capture images of people, architecture, and other elements of the urban environment, often with an emphasis on capturing the atmosphere and energy of the place. Street photography can be documentary, capturing real life as it unfolds, as in the case of the lady returning from her errand, or more artistic and expressive, exploring themes and ideas through photography. It is also amusing to see the reactions of the g

Practicing the Zen of Photography

  I turned the corner and saw this light pouring across the veranda at Kenninji, the oldest Zen Buddhism temple in Kyoto, Japan.  What is the Zen of Photography? The Zen of photography is a way of approaching photography that emphasises mindfulness, simplicity, and the present moment. At its core, it is about using photography to cultivate awareness and connect with the world around us. One of the fundamental principles of the Zen of photography is to approach photography with a beginner's mind. This means letting go of preconceptions and judgments and approaching each moment with an open and curious attitude. It is about seeing the world with fresh eyes as if seeing it for the first time. Another important aspect of the Zen of photography is to focus on the moment. This means being fully present and engaged in the act of taking a photograph and not getting caught up in thoughts or distractions. It involves letting go of the past and the future and fully immersing oneself in the pr