Hello Homo Sapiens!
Today (24/6/2017) the weather finally decided to be nice to me,hence I was able to go out and take pictures for day 5 of the challenge.
‘Wait,what challenge ?What’s this person up to ?’.Haha,I read your mind stranger now acquaintance.I have degree in Psychology and I m finally using it.But do Psychology graduates do telepathy?Okay,let’s move on before it gets too awkward.
I m doing a 10 day street photography challenge where I will be going to random interesting locations in my city and capturing pictures.I live in Chennai which is the capital city of the Southernmost State of India,Tamil Nadu.
I am doing this to show you what my city can offer in case you plan to visit.
So,I have received suggestions and I write them down on chits and pick one up-:
So,Armenian Street it is.I have only heard of this street.I have never been here before.This location was suggested by another travel blogger.It is located in Georgetown,close to Sowcarpet the place I did on Day-2 of this challenge.
I read a few blog posts to know more about this place.My experience here was contrary to the content of those posts and my expectations that were influenced by the blog posts’ content as well as the name of the street.
Armenians settlement in Chennai began in the 8th century AD.However,their existence became prominent only in the 17th century AD.The street was a famous trade and commercial center back then.Armenians still do live here though.The street is approximately 1 km long hence there will be very few pictures.
This place is totally photograph worthy.The historical buildings were works of art.Unfortunately,I failed to project the buildings as beautifully as they looked considering their height.Besides,I am not equipped with the skill level and the camera device required to present the buildings with the same aesthetic appeal they actually had.So,in case you’re a pro at photography and you happen to read this I would really really appreciate it if you could help me out.
Despite the fact that Armenian Street is an ideal spot for photos.There is a downside to everything,my visit wasn’t exactly a very cherishable memory to be preserved.As you read through my post unleash the Sherlock Holmes in you to know why.
So here it starts-:
The building with the ‘Armenian Street’ sign was located at the juncture between the main road and the part of Armenian Street where my stroll ended.Which means I had to walk to the other end of the street where I started my photography tour-:
Below are four pictures of bunches of fruits I captured at a roadside food stall.I love the way the fruit seller had arranged them,it was visually very appealing -:
Yes my visit ended after this point even though I wanted to capture more pictures.
If you haven’t decoded the reason for my not so pleasant experience at this place yet,let me just tell you straightaway.
I read in a blog post that Armenian Street was one of the most quiet and peaceful areas of Chennai.I thought I would finally be getting a break from all the noisy areas I had been visiting all this while.But this turned out to be no different in fact even worse:there were dudes who would stop their bikes just to glare at me for taking pictures,in fact two of them even honked at me in the hope that their glare would stop my fingers from picture clicking.They don’t own this street,so hence I continued clicking acknowledging that I don’t need anybody’s approval.
This time,I stopped to take pictures instead of clicking pictures while on motion which attracted a lot of unwanted attention.I had to pretend to be a professional photographer and tell people the same when they began probing me.
This street is very backward in time,people here still live in the 18th century
I have seen people posting pictures of corn and fish vendors on the street online.I came across a fish vendor on the street and asked her if I could take a picture of the fish frying in the huge vessel.Her reply was ‘unnaku yenna vera Vella illaya.Summa idhellam poi photo yedupiya.Yen nee unga amma samaikamothu ipdi thaan photo edupiya.Idhellam yeduka vendam po.Un veetle unga amma ve ketuta yedu’.(Translated from Tamil:Don’t you have any other work.Will you take photos of this and all or what ?Do you take photos when your mother cooks ?Don’t take photos of all this and get lost.Ask your mother’s permission to take pictures while she’s cooking at home).I understood her annoyance but isn’t it normal for people to take pictures these days ?Her two daughters looked at my phone in awe while I was clicking the pictures though.
Besides I had to ask the vendors if I could take because I realized that the pictures weren’t coming out too well when I captured them on the move in my previous posts.I am being ethical here.
I wore a western outfit today (a denim pant and a top).I thought this street was less conservative compared to the other areas I had been visiting.But nope,everyone looked at me like I was from another planet to the extent where I struggled to overcome the awkwardness I was feeling to continue clicking the pictures.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post.
If you would like to tell me something or would like to see a place in Chennai featured in this challenge do comment below.
Day 6’s post will be out on Tuesday.Stay tuned !