And here comes the big announcement that I’d teased you with in this post. The Flaneurbanite is off to India for the Summer! It’s a planned three month long work-cum-leisure trip and if all goes as per plan, I’ll be back in London at the end of September.Needless to say I’ll miss London sorely – I’m missing it even before I’m gone! But I’m really looking forward to being in India too – it’s home, and it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And I’m not just saying it because it’s mine!India is where my photographic journey began, more than a decade back , when I used my Dad’s Minolta film camera so much that it decided to conk off. I then graduated to an Olympus digital that I borrowed from my office for work and shot a series of random pictures with it. It excited me enough to make me buy my first very own point and shoot digital, the Fujifilm E550, which remains faithful to this day. Last year my better half added company to my solo fleet with a Fujifilm S9600(semi-pro) and that is what I primarily shoot with these days. Some of my earliest shots with the E550…

Neemrana
Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan, North West IndiaNeemrana: windows and doors
Neemrana Fort, Rajasthan, North West Indiahigh up in the air
Bombay/Mumbailands end..
Land’s End, Bombay/Mumbai

Some of these made it to my first photoblog that I started in 2006 to a lot of interest but couldn’t keep up with when I started my MSc in London later that year. It sits dormant now, though I’m tempted to start posting those that don’t make it here but I’d still really like to share, there. Perhaps that’ll happen yet!

India is where I shot those first few which got me the precious drops of genuine appreciation from people who really know the art. Many would think it doesn’t get better than in a city like London for street photography, for a continuously dynamic panorama of urban life – but you need to have clicked in India to know better! And there is going to be lots of that here to prove it, in the next three months. I’m excited about the journey, and I hope you’ll be my fellow travellers, my fellow flaneurbanites.

So, fasten your seatbelts and here we go!

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