Chris Doyle

My pictures of Chris Doyle when we met in Delhi.
Here’s what Salon has to say of him:

Christopher Doyle may be the greatest cinematographer now working. The movie (Hero) is utterly gorgeous to look at but Doyle’s work is never merely “pictorial.” It always has the dramatic impetus of the scene in mind. He is a master of lighting, shading, hues and precise yet subtle camera movement and is one of the least fussy masters imaginable.

When I sent this to Chris, he responded, “I blush.”

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Chris Doyle- Carried Away. Photograph ? Dev Benegal 2004

High Class Restaurant

When in Bombay do visit Britannia Restaurant in the Ballard estate district. Famous for it’s Berry Pulao and Lamb cutlets. Make sure you don’t eat for a week before.

Of course you won’t need to eat for a week after as well!

Very atmospheric interiors!

Oh, by the way if you are wondering: the photographs were taken with my ancient Nikon FM2, a Nikor 28mm lens on Kodak 100ASA film. The negatives were directly scanned by Mazda Color Lab in Bombay.

Plan B

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston’s company is called PLAN B.
But I think Will Smith has the best line on Plan B.
Applies especially to life:

No Plan B. It distracts from Plan A.

Working Late again? Wonder why?

Have you seen those TV commercials which show a woman and her two children having a silent dinner all alone waiting for their father. The tag line: Finish work faster, Switch to Windows XP.

Well You want the truth? No matter which Windows he uses he’ll NEVER finish work faster.

Family forget it, he’ll NEVER get back earlier.

I’d suggest he switch to Mac OSX. and really ‘make time for life’!

Music download in Asia

Last week I picked up several CD’s at Rs.295 each. That’s about $6.5 at the current rate. That’s a great bargain from the earlier prices of Rs 575 and upwards. But it still feels steep. Suresh Thomas the head of BMG-Crescendo and now Crescendo agrees. “The price will never be right. The Indian consumer finds Rs 200 for a CD way too high. Preferring to spend Rs 30 for an MP3 CD which holds some 100 odd tracks.”

In this scenario will a download service like iTunes work in India or Asia?
For one I find the prices in US and Uk still too steep. I’d rather walk into a store and pick up a CD with uncompressed audio for less.

Better quality, better sound and of course cheaper.

Where will downloads win?

I guess in back catalogues, out of issue music and independent labels and small groups which are hard to find.

Where else would you find Alms for Shanti