What is Abstraction

This photograph was clicked in a garage, and it’s not really what it looks like. The whole thing is a lie, to be honest. If you were to ask me, I’d tell that this is an aerial shot of a river passing by the mountains on the moon. The one we have. It really is that to me.

Abstraction is a friend of mine that I get to play with in my photographs. I never really want the pictures that I click to be obvious in the story that they tell. What’s so fun in that? You wouldn’t like a trailer that gives you the whole plot of the movie in as little time as possible. I wouldn’t watch that movie.

And, here in this photo I see that the movie might just never really present itself to me – making it impossible to ever come to a conclusion.

Would you be able to live with that unmet feeling forever? How long would it take for you to stop being okay without knowing what you see? To me, it’s just okay to never know. I mean, that’s the point of these concepts that you’ll never fully understand, never come to conclusion with. That’s their whole point. And, I’d say they’re doing a great job at being sources of confusion, anxiety and uncertainty.

Abstraction is just that to me. It is to approach a concept with an eye that’d basically defy all the meaningful stories you could possibly associate with that concept.

To the moon.

Into The Unknown

This photo was taken on my trip to Tirupati with my family. It’s not the kind of trip I’m most fond of, visiting temples and praying all the time. I am there for the times to spend with my family. That’s all I am there for, plus for the feel of travelling. Where I get to click photos, eat new kinds of dishes and meet new people.

And, this picture was taken on my way back from Tirupati. I can’t remember the location in precise memory, because I never tend to keep a track of cities very well when I pass by them. I mean, with a view like this while you sit in the train – moving, listening to music – it only makes sense for other senses to fade away. All I can see, hear and taste is the scent of freedom.

I get detached into reality.

Only if I were to choose from the two roads, I would die but choose. The uncertainty in my life is only true, and terrifyingly painful at times. But, sometimes it is the best option I’ll ever have – to not know. There is pain, but there is also relief in a way. What if you knew what you never had to? There comes peace in not taking control of what’s right and what’s wrong. Who am I to tell me who I am?

In this confusion lies a tree next to the lake, where I shall visit every now and then. Me alone, in the mist of unknowns, peacefully watching the fishes swim from this end to the middle of the lake. There’s beauty in what hides beneath the crust. As I watch the train passing by, I am greeted by the kid inside. Who is this child? Do I know him? Before it’s too late, I realise I’ll never know. And, I feel relief rushing through my brain for not knowing a few things in life.

The child asks me, as I sleep the day “Who are we to wonder where we’re going?” And, I feel relief rushing through my brain for not knowing a few things in life. Not knowing it is me waving from the train. I mean, it’s me who clicked this photograph. Yeet.

Dear Reader

How are you?

I just wanted to sit down and put this on the blog. I have lots to say, and yet I don’t know which messages to pick. I’ll just keep on writing and everything will fall into place. Because, that’s what I know as a solution to everything. Maybe I am wrong, maybe I am right. I know it heals me. I know it nurtures my growth. I know it’s my home.

So, how are you? I hope you’re answering me.

I know I have written many times about how this blog is changing and why. But, this time it’s different. Like all the times, to be honest. This time I just bought my space on the internet – this domain.

http://www.byshreyas.com

I always like to see myself as a creator of art. I don’t know how to be humble on this subject. And, this blog is my creation. My everything, as an answer to what I can create. So, I will only hope to give it my all. There are no spots for negligence when it comes to creating something. You have to give it your whole heart. You have to be so in love with what you create, that you’d find it hard to live without creating it. Passion, only matters to me.

And, this blog is in a way my method of life. This is what gave me a purpose when I had nothing. Or, when I felt like I had nothing in my life. It presented me a chance. Seeing people respond to my words, like what I do and most importantly making me heard, only made me live. Building a sense of community drives me. This blog saved me from what I never saw as something that needed saving.

I want to make people feel at home with my words. Let them choose the stories they want to be a part of. The internet is weirdly capable of creating connections that once seemed impossible. I want to put it to the right use.

What to expect from this blog?

I have given way too much of my time thinking of what this blog’s theme should be. I never realised that I had already faced the answer when I first started this blog. Photos.

I started out to put up the photos that I click and write about them. I believe every photograph has endless stories to tell. So, I am falling back to my roots this time. I am sticking to what feels home. Having loved photography since I can’t remember when, and my passion for writing will be the core of this blog. This will help me in perfecting my image-making skills, my story-telling and most of all – it will help me find that audience I have always been looking for. I hope so.

How often will I post?

I don’t want to make any promises to me or the internet. All I know is I’ll not leave a chance untaken for me to put something on the blog. I click pictures very often, and hopefully it will keep me hooked to the act of posting here.

End notes.

That’s all I wanted to say. It feels good to be back online and talking to my followers. Hopefully we get to create our family out of photos and stories. Please let me know, what are your thoughts on this shift.

I hope you find what you’re looking for.

Depth

My current book is called “Deep Work”, written by Cal Newport. It’s a book which differentiates work into two kinds – deep work and shallow work. The former is where you give your complete attention to concentrating on the work that creates new value, whereas the latter is just the opposite.

I like to think of myself as someone who values deep work, and I wonder if there’s anyone around who does not. I am still half-way through the book, so I am not going to talk about it anymore.

However, I do know a little about depth, so I will try to shed some light on it.


Depth to me is the way everything should be perceived as. Be it meaning, perspectives or attention.

I think we all have very short lives, although sufficient. And, I truly believe in giving it my everything. I won’t say I have succeeded so far, but I know I have tried all my life to give it my everything. Be it this blog, my study of computer science and even my rapping skills. And, I am aware that I failed at succeeding in all these parts of my life somewhere, because I can’t rap for shit.

However, whether or not you succeed at something – your participation on the way to that end game is what really matters. We all know this famous way of looking at failure. It is truly awesome how the message sent across so many platforms – be it videos, music or any storytelling platform – the message is universal. Failure is not bad. It’s in fact one of the best ways to learn that I know of.

And, how do I learn? By going deep at what I do.

If I am learning how to play a piano (which I am) I try to think of myself as someone who understands music. I might truly not, but I know what it means to enjoy it to the extent of it. I must say, otherwise, I won’t be able to learn anything at all.

If there is no real depth or value to the things I do, it’s clear that they don’t matter at all. If I want to learn coding, I must have more than a mindset full of knowledge hunger. I need to find some kind of depth in the value of learning how to code.

And, this is my two cents on depth. I do like the benefits of being shallow now and then.

Yet, I thrive for depth all the time.