Scenery, Sri Lanka, Travel, Writing

Intense, breathtaking beauty

From watching a golden moon rise above the waves, to a sea bath at sunrise; where everything was bathed in the most perfect light, Kalkudah was beyond words and the pictures barely do it justice.

That I saw all this beauty with my own eyes, I felt the sand on my feet – I was in that ocean, so calm and inviting is something that I honestly cannot believe.

Beaches aren’t anything new, and neither is a good sea bath or a stroll along the beach at sunset. Especially for a Sri Lankan. Even more for a Sri Lankan living near the coast.

But we take it for granted. Or atleast I do. That we have access to such awe inspiring scenery. That we live around it. That I can see a jaw dropping sunset on my way home from work – but does it matter if we don’t stop and stare? the world will continue to be beautiful. Continue to be awe inspiring and breathtaking, and we will just walk past it.

‘Pics or it didn’t happen’, but if you didn’t take it in, did it really happen? I did take many, many pictures on this trip, and am so glad I did, but there was more to it that the pictures on my camera. Most of my most vivid memories, the one’s where I truly felt alive are not captured on my camera.

I can close my eyes and see it, feel it.

The way the sand billowed under my feet as I stepped into the water. Water that was so clear, the sand reflected the sun and looked like gold dust, floating in the bluest of blue.

The lush greenery that edged the beach, juxtaposed against the deep blue of the sea and the sky, with the sandy beach a dividing line of colour.

Getting into the ocean at sunrise, the water warm, with sudden cold undercurrents, and everyone bathed in a golden morning light. I tried to capture that but couldn’t. How can a camera capture the feeling of being on the edge of the world? of feeling like we were bathing on the horizon, with the sun just an arms length away?

You can’t capture the walk back one evening. The feeling of being tired but oh so happy. The way that everything, from the mud on the path to the headlights of an approaching vehicle took my breath away.

I started this blog because of the feeling a picture can give you, so don’t misunderstand me – I love photography, and I love the feeling of life it gives. I guess what I am saying is that pictures aren’t everything. They are important, but not everything.

I don’t have pictures that do justice to what I saw at Kalkuda, so these will have to do.

 

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Sri Lanka, Writing

For Me

It’s too easy for me to forget why I love photography, it’s too easy too fall into a rut of comparison – where someone else always has a better picture.

Photography has always felt like a deep calm breath. It’s a way of not holding everything in your life together, letting it all go for a minute. You have your camera, your settings and you have control. The ability to look at something; through your eyes and save it. Or share it. Show it to strangers on the internet. Or just keep it for yourself as your desktop background.

I remember during exams, before getting back into the hell that is an incomprehensible journal article which I should have read a week ago; a half a minute of looking at my desktop background – at a picture I loved for myself, not anyone else – was enough. It would keep the panic away, and just help so much.

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My friend tossed this cluster of flowers onto a barrel of old oil at an abandoned railway station. She makes good choices in life.

I haven’t forgotten the feeling when I first took a focused picture on manual settings – a picture with decent light that wasn’t shaky. That feeling of pulling the prints out of the white kodak envelope, and realising that my settings were alright.

It felt great.

It still does (Minus the kodak envelope).

I just need to focus on that feeling and not the rest of them.

 

Scenery, Sri Lanka, Study, Travel

A blog revolving around exams?

My camera has gathered dust, and I haven’t posted in 24 days. Tis the exam month. I will be back properly after the 31st of may, with some proper content, promise. For now, here’s a picture that’s currently the lock screen(?) of my laptop, that has helped me breathe and get some perspective.

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just let the picture fill your computer screen, and see if it doesn’t work its magic on you.

(It was meant to go in a different post with more pictures, so maybe it will make a second appearance)

Looking forward to some proper posts 😛 Bye xx

Sri Lanka, Study, Uncategorized

Keep your head in the clouds

Organizing and categorizing my pictures from 2015 and 2016 is honestly a life saver now. It’s stress-free, but it involves focus – so switching from editing a picture to reading a journal article isn’t too difficult a transition. Here’s a filler picture – I’ve got a post scheduled for Monday, so this is just a post to keep me going honestly.

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Keep your head in the clouds, there ain’t nothing worth bothering about down here. 

Just a picture of fluffy clouds, a rainbow and a crane. I took this ages ago, and actually posted it on an older blog, so it feels kind of stand-alone – which is strange for me – I usually like my pictures in series.

But yes. mid-week post for my sanity.

Stay up in the clouds. xx