Posts Tagged ‘crows’

Children of Chittagong, and more

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Near the beginning of December, right after the big four day AUW special visitor event that I photographed (which I think for now I’ll just let slip into general unmentioned obscurity), I had the opportunity to once again go out into Chittagong with Mow (the student who took me to some of the slums and other interesting locations around the city). She had the goal of talking to some child laborers, and also revisiting the refugee camp that we had been to once before. We did both, and combined with a short walk I took afterwards around my immediate neighborhood, it all made for an interesting and colorful day. I think I’ll leave it at that for now and let my images do most of the talking.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 6, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on December 6, 2009.

And it wasn’t even that scary

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Success! Catie and I took an early evening walk from the main AUW campus to Panchlaish (where the faculty and a number of staff live) and I brought my camera along for its first real journey on the streets of Chittagong. I’m glad I had Catie watching my back this first time, but in all honesty I don’t really know why I was so nervous. I think it just boiled down to the fact that I’m not comfortable being the center of attention in the first place, which I invariably am as a tall (strike 1) blonde (strike 2) white (big strike 3) man, and when I hold a large camera I certainly draw even more attention than usual (no matter what country I’m in). Plus, when I look through a camera I feel somewhat exposed because I can’t really pay attention to anything else at the same time. So I knew that combination would result in a situation where I felt vulnerable in an already uncomfortable setting, and that made me reluctant to bring my camera down and walk that (literal) road. I don’t think I was ever physically nervous about the idea though, like I was going to get harassed or mugged or anything – it was really just a social and personal apprehension. In any case, I know that the more I do it, the more comfortable I’ll feel. I’m leagues more confident now even just after one short walk outside, and I think over the next few weeks I’ll get to a point where I can be out photographing on my own without a second thought. Maybe I’ll even start to venture further than our block (or, triangle, if you want to get technical).

Of course, since I am that tall blonde white male with a large camera, I did draw a great deal of attention. We especially had a lot of people around us on this one street where Catie says there are always a lot of beggar children. Some of the children and women were indeed begging, but some of the kids were actually just making a camera motion in front of their face, asking for a picture. I obliged, and Catie and I also gave a couple of the more persistent kids a samosa from an Iftar stand that we stopped at across the road.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 15, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 15, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on September 15, 2009.

New shirts from Aarong

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

A few days ago Catie and I took a trip to Aarong which is a large fair trade store featuring clothes and art made by local women. It was a really cool place and I got a few things for myself there including a couple brass figurines – a bull and a crow – and two t-shirts: one with neon dinosaur skeletons on it and the other with an awesome silhouette drawing of crows perched on power lines (which based on my personal experience of Chittagong so far is the perfect encapsulation of the city). It didn’t take long for me to incidentally take a photo that looks almost exactly like my new shirt. I’m just missing that pink kite.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 15, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on September 15, 2009.

Crows from the balcony

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

There is an uncountable number of crows which inhabit the city of Chittagong. Catie and I recently spent an early evening sitting on our balcony enjoying some Iftar appetizers and watching the hordes of birds fly from the city to the jungle for the night, stopping on the roofs of various buildings along the way.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 14, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 14, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 14, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 14, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 14, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 14, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on September 14, 2009.

More from home

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

My camera still hasn’t made it down to the streets of Chittagong, but I’m trying to make the most of our roof in the meantime. I expect a long and complicated relationship to develop between myself and the throngs of gray-brown Bengali crows that inhabit this city.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Sep 10, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on September 10, 2009.