Sometimes I wonder if it’s just the easy access to technology via phone cameras. Or a narcissistic streak. Or a penchant for documentation.
What is it that draws my 5-year old daughter Aadyaa to obsessively take photos of her art work, random creations or just certain objects? It started with her asking me to click pictures of things that caught her fancy. Now she simply asks for permission and does it herself (she has complete mastery over my iphone).
I look back at these pictures often in an attempt to see the world through her eyes. What do you make of them?
Tomatoes from our kitchen garden, placed on a saree I was about to wear!
She sorted out all hairclips of the same kind from a box of assorted hair accessories, arranged them and clicked!
At a friend’s place, she just made that clothes pin sculpture for a new born baby. Those are Aadyaa’s feet as she gets me to photograph her work
Three colour ice gola at Bikanerwala!
The watermelon ginger fizz at Chilis completely fascinated her!
Mumma, is mar hui butterfly ki photo lo na!
After one hour of watching the ants do their job…Mumma, cheentiyo ne apna khaana le liya, ab phir se butterfly ki photo lo na!
Lego afternoon! Self-clicked….
Her own drawing amused her endlessly- self-clicked!
Aadyaa made her own roti. Then she placed it in this composition and clicked the picture herself…and only then, she ate it!
I am an architect and urban planner, a writer and an aspiring artist. I love expressing myself and feel strongly that cities should have spaces for everyone--rich, poor, young, old, healthy and sick, happy or depressed--we all need to work towards making our cities liveable and lovable communities.
I think she loves shades of orange ! All photographs have something orangey, from the red-orange tomato to the orange rust piping around the table mat 🙂