The topic for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Alone. What this basically means is capturing objects that appear to be alone or lonely. Through a set of three pictures, this is an attempt to capture the diversity in emotions associated with being alone.
The first picture is that of a lone monkey on the terrace of a neighbourhood house in Berhampore, India. With severe deforestation caused by high-rise buildings, the species have no option but to come to human habitation in search of food. The despair on its face owing to such a helpless and hopeless condition is heartbreaking.
This photo is taken from the sideway pavement of Victoria Memorial, Kolkata on a late December evening last year. We had been walking down to the entry gate with our toddler when I caught a sight of this gorgeous tree. Adjacent to the lake, it made a perfect frame for my click of a setting sun against the monument. The tree has spread its branches on all sides but it looks bent on one side because of the weight and age. While there were umpteen number of trees surrounding the monument, none could create such a strong impact as this.
This week of Cee’s Fun Foto Challengehas the letter Y. This is part of the Alphabet with a twist series and the rules state that it needs to start or end with the letter Y or in the caption for the photo “Why” needs to be present. We have traveled back to my home town for a couple of weeks and the toddler is getting to spend a lot of time with both his paternal grandparents and my Dad. Winter is on a backward retreat mode.
Today morning we were trying to go a little creative with the games while playing on the sun-kissed veranda floor of the house I grew up in. Dad had just laid out freshly cleaned raw vegetables. The toddler insisted on using the potatoes, tomatoes, pea-pods and his crayons to make a pattern. So I made the alphabet ‘Y’ using the vegetables and he tried picking it up using his set of crayons. I remember coaxing my Mum to do the same during my growing up years. Through today’s play session, I realized how small moments in motherhood can indeed be a way of reminiscing my childhood.
This is the first time that I am participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. This is part of the Alphabet with a twist series and the rules state that X needs to be anywhere in the word or the primary photo subject needs to be shaped like the letter X. My twenty eight month old son has recently been introduced to alphabets. He is just not fond of maintaining the correct sequence in getting to know the alphabets. He simply chooses an alphabet as per his preference based on either color or shape.
This evening when I was mentioning the uniqueness of this photo challenge to my husband, I was surprised to see my toddler pick up the letter ‘X’ from his alphabets set to hand it over to us. As I captured his moment of excited participation through my lens, it was also a sad reminder of the fact that he is indeed growing up too fast way too soon.