Paper earrings

Paper jewelry

Paper jewelry — vastly different from what comes to mind when I think of paper!

For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rock Paper Scissors

Lost in patterns

Cane Stool

Getting lost in a pattern, mindlessly tracing its intricacies, is weirdly relaxing, wouldn’t you say? If I trace one of the paths in here, I’ll end up tracing one more, and another. I’ll notice patterns begin to emerge from within patterns, and start observing textures in detail, until I realize time just flew by, and so did some of the day’s annoyances! 🙂

What’s inside?

The color version of a photograph that I submitted for one of the Monochrome Madness weeks. I like how all the glitter on this little container stands out so well in a macro shot — just one of the myriad everyday things that one does not notice usually..


Look at these two. I don’t know what game they’re playing, but one of them seems really grumpy and so done with the whole thing, while the other seems really cheerful and chirpy!! 🙂

What’s inside?

It’s almost themed-MM time again, and this month, Leanne has given us the word ‘Closed’. For this theme, I clicked a macro shot of this small container that lies in my cupboard. Extremely glittery and adorned all around with glassy / plasticky trinkets, my mom received this along with a gift that is usually given to guests at some kinds of religious ceremonies in India.

Wonder what’s inside?

It contains kumkuma (kumkum), a powder that is applied on the forehead. Because the container catches the light and glitters when I open my cupboard, I end up using the powder now and then. Maybe that was my mom’s intention when she placed this garish piece in my room. 🙂

Cane furniture

Cane Stool

Cane Stool

Cane Stool

I’ve always loved cane furniture, and ever since I bought this handmade cane stool, I’d been thinking of the photographic opportunities that its texture and pattern would provide. So on a very leisurely and sunny afternoon, a photo session ensued. I stood up, sat down and prowled around it with my camera, changing the amount of light falling on it, trying to capture views from different angles… Really, the pictures present such different perspectives of the subject that they remind me of the story of the blind men and the elephant. 🙂 (Well, at least one can be sure of the nature of the item here, unlike in the story.)

Close-up texture

Close-up Texture

Sometimes, boredom is good; if one actually acts on it, new (and hopefully better) things can come about. I’ve been terribly bored lately, and while I’m yet to do something on a grand scale to drive away all of it, I did, for a short while, work differently with some yarn from my stash — instead of my knitting needles clicking, it was my camera.

I always say yarn has beautiful texture, and I clicked a few pictures highlighting it. See how tiny strands not usually visible poke out here in the close-up? (This yarn is less than 2mm thick…) That’s one reason I love macro photography — because of how it shows a whole different side to the world around us.

This post is the first of my Textures series. It also goes as a submission in Sylvain Landry’s SL-Week series; this week is Kezako, or ‘What is it’.

It is also, apparently, my 100th post in more than a year of blogging. Yay! (?)

Tiny Key Charm

Key Charm

Which lock will this tiny (it’s only 1.5cm!) key charm open? Though I bought it a long time ago, I haven’t used it in any jewelry yet. I think I’m waiting for a tiny lock charm to catch my eye at a store somewhere… 😀

I do love the key charm itself, but in this photograph, more than the highlights and shadow of the charm, I somehow like the texture of the paper surface on which the charm lies! So unobtrusive, and yet it adds so much to the composition.

Check out other submissions by talented photographers in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness series — this week, it’s a ‘K’-themed challenge.

Light and Shadow


A picture for the Monochrome Madness series; to view other excellent submissions, please visit Leanne Cole’s post this week.

This is one of the pictures I clicked on a boring day indoors that I decided to spruce up by experimenting with photographing the lights at home. Bright lights and low exposure do make for some art! I swear I never really liked the texture of that wall much before I processed this photograph. 🙂

Foamy texture

Foam core

It’s been a while since I participated in Monochrome Madness (Leanne Cole hosts it on her blog) so I thought this photograph would do just fine for a submission this week. This is from when I clicked a couple of pieces of packaging foam lying around after unpacking. (And for the life of me, I can’t remember what was in the package…) The light falling on them was just right, highlighting the material’s texture. So beautiful! I did increase the contrast and introduce a slight vignette to add to the effect, though…

Do check out Leanne’s blog for more monochrome submissions.

Wall (high)light

Brick wall highlights
Clicked when us friends got together to eat, drink and have fun. I processed the image to increase the texture, color and contrast so that the focus lingers on the wall.


Young LeavesI love the beautiful, compact texture of veins on these young leaves, but most of all, I love the red tinge on their edges. Isn’t there beauty everywhere, if one only looks?