Rough and tough

When you start bleaching your world of colour you find new aspects to things. I had not really thought of oranges as abstract textural roughness until I mentally subtracted its colour. Then, the sunlight brought out its translucence and the tiny imperfections in it. Today is the last day of my 7 day B&W challenge.…… Continue reading Rough and tough

Inner beauty

In my youth I thought only of the inner beauty of a potato: the delight that could be unlocked by peeling or dicing, frying or roasting. Now, as I grow older, the external beauty is revealed to me by my macro lens: the wrinkled texture of skin, the translucence of the growth buds. Today is…… Continue reading Inner beauty


During my increasingly rare forays into the kitchen I tend to look at ingredients and register only their flavour. When you do not cook often, you lose the instincts that tell you when to turn the heat on or off, or when to add. As a result your mind is constantly on the mechanics of…… Continue reading Convolution

A very ordinary thing

I raided the kitchen for something that would look good without colour. The humble red onion with its textured papery skin turned out to be a fantastic subject in monochrome (at least, I thought so). Today is the 4th day of my 7 days of B&W challenge. Thank you Rekha for the push. Today I…… Continue reading A very ordinary thing

Red rose

In monochrome the red of a rose is not as interesting as its center. The curly stamens are topped by the interesting looking anthers. The pistils of a rose are much shorter, and in this photo, are hidden by the stigma. Today is the third day of the 7 day B&W challenge that Rekha set…… Continue reading Red rose

The new

A white rose in monochrome. I wanted to remove all hints of colour to see what is left behind: light and shadows, texture. What’s special about that, you may ask. A new 4 diopter lens which I got transforms the most mundane subject into a whole fascinating new world. This is day 2 of my…… Continue reading The new


A Hindu funeral usually involves cremation. In some traditions the little bits of bone ash which survive are immersed in water. This is what you see here: a priest stands by while the ashes are dropped into a tidal creek. A small ripple shows on the surface of the water. Endings can become new beginnings.…… Continue reading Endings

High up

Three monasteries in the Himalayas are called Taktsang, meaning Tiger’s Nest. They are all supposed to have been established by the guru Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to the region. The first one I had seen was in Bhutan, and involved a couple of hours’ climb along a muddy path. This photo is from my second,…… Continue reading High up