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A French Halloween

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Catie’s and my plans for Halloween this year were modest. We had hoped for a sunny day so that we could go to the park and “drink cider and read stories” (direct quotation from Catie). Unfortunately, we didn’t see a bit of sunshine all weekend – in fact, it rained pretty stubbornly for the better part of 48 hours. We weren’t sure what to do with ourselves as a result, and we spent the early part of the day enjoying some dry warmth in our apartment (watching a few episodes of a TV show together while I silhouetted some images from Lyon and Catie did some sketches).

This (pleasant, but admittedly dull, especially as the subject for a blog post) day took a complete 180┬░ turn however when we found out that there was a zombie parade going on in Vieux Lyon. Yes, that is right, a zombie parade. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten out the door and across the city quite as quickly as we did right then, and we were rewarded ever so splendidly. There were (active) rainclouds covering the sky, but they were easily overpowered by the horde of a couple hundred zombies (in impressive attire and makeup) that filled the square in front of Cath├ędrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon. Soon after we arrived, someone started yelling into a bullhorn, and the undead began their slow lurching march across the heart of the old city.

Catie and I followed (or rather, attempted to continually back up fast enough to stay in front of) the parade to the end, where two zombies got married to fit the day’s theme of “Romantic Zombie”. It was a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday in my opinion. (And our viewing of “The Others” back home at night was a great ghosty icing on our rotting fleshy zombie cake.)

Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)
Lyon, France (Oct 31, 2010)

Photos taken in Lyon, France on October 31, 2010. Also available in Flickr format.

Victory Day parade

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

In honor of Victory Day, the students of AUW held a parade in the neighborhood around campus. Armed with signs, banners, and a great deal of red and green clothes and face paint, they marched out the driveway onto M.M. Ali Road and then made their away around the entire extended block (actually a triangle), singing and chanting the entire way. Unsurprisingly, the large group of vibrant vocal young women garnered a great deal of interest from the local residents, most of which stopped whatever they were doing as the procession passed, and some of which even got up and started to follow along the sides (taking as many camera phone pictures and videos as they possibly could along the way).

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)

Photo taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on December 16, 2009.

After the students (and several participating staff and teachers) returned to campus, they continued to celebrate in the AUW driveway for quite a while. They sang songs, recited poetry, and took many pictures to remember the joyous event. The excess of color, noise, and positive energy flowing out of the huge group was a great symbol of the massive potential contained in such a passionate female student body that the university is working to help develop and enable to flourish. I promise I am not getting paid to write that questionably run-on sentence! It is just undeniably inspiring to see the power of AUW students in motion, especially in mass.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on December 16, 2009.

The type of things I like to look at

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

December 16 was Victory Day in Bangladesh, which is a pretty huge deal. It celebrates the same day in 1971 on which the Pakistani army surrendered, finally granting Bangladesh their hard fought independence. AUW students put on a huge parade around our neighborhood, but I’m leaving photos of that to another post. After the parade, I spent some time with my camera meandering around the neighborhood. I didn’t think it possible, but I was actually even more popular with Bangladeshis that day than usual, due no doubt to my Bengali face paint that one of the students had been nice enough to do for me in the morning.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)

Photo taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on December 16, 2009.

There wasn’t anything especially spectacular going on outside, but (as is always the case in Bangladesh) there was plenty to see, begging to be made into images. I suppose the title of this post could serve as a (rather lame) subtitle for my entire blog… I’ve just noticed that while I was in South Asia, I predominantly took a large number of just a few types of photos, and I think the sampling in this post is a rather representative slice. I like Bangladeshi men who quietly revel in giving the camera solid inexpressive faces, and I like kids who ask for pictures and then carry on the tradition by imitating those men. I like people at work. I like dogs, and shadows, and I love splashes of bright color.

Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)
Chittagong, Bangladesh (Dec 16, 2009)

Photos taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh on December 16, 2009.

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.

A day on the beach

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

I think for now, I’m just going to gloss over the fact that I’m actually currently back in New York City, and that it’s been months since I’ve touched this blog or even really thought (or wanted to think) about photography. While Catie and I decide this week whether we’re planning to go back to Bangladesh for another year, I’m going to try to reconnect with some of the lost days and images about which I never posted.

Last November, I ventured out one weekend with Catie and Denise to Patenga Beach just outside Chittagong. It was a colorful place with more tacky “beach souvenir” shops (for lack of a better descriptor) than you could shake a stick at. There was also no shortage of men offering boat rides to Cox’s Bazar, ponies (and four wheelers) available for rides along the water’s edge, and various ice cream, cotton candy, and rainbow whirlygig vendors. I don’t know if I’d call the visit exactly relaxing, and I wouldn’t really ever consider swimming in the ocean there, but it was nice to get a change of scene from the city and enjoy the sea breeze.

Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)

Photo taken at Patenga Beach, Bangladesh on November 30, 2009.

The highlight of the beach for me was definitely the loud mysterious cylindrical wooden structure topped with colored parachute tent ceiling, but I’ll leave that particular reveal up to the sequence of photos.

Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)
Patenga Beach, Bangladesh (Nov 30, 2009)

Photos taken at Patenga Beach, Bangladesh on November 30, 2009.