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INDIA on FILM – Kanyakumari

India is not endless. It does end. If you’re coming from the north, it ends in Kanyakumari. Once there, look south, and it’s the Indian Ocean. Look east, and it’s the Bay of Bengal. Look west, and it’s the Arabian Sea. Best thing to do is perhaps to look north. This way you have all of India in front of you.

 

 

 

After school, the kids at Kanyakumari like to build small sailboats out of scrap materials.

After school, the kids at Kanyakumari like to build small sailboats out of scrap materials.

 

 

 

 

Steady winds and shallow waters make for ideal mini-regattas.

Steady winds and shallow waters make for ideal mini-regattas.

 

 

 

Of course, there's also the age old art of chasing and fetching an old tyre. The fishermen in the bacgkround prepare the log boats for the evening's outing.

Of course, there’s also the age old art of chasing and fetching an old tyre. The fishermen in the bacgkround prepare the log boats for the evening’s outing.

 

 

 

In the narrow alleys, some men clean and mend the fishing nets.

In the narrow alleys, some men clean and mend the fishing nets.

 

 

 

I was happy with the goat-on-a-net, but the child couldn't resist clowining around for the camera. Which is just fine.

I was happy with the goat-on-a-net, but the child couldn’t resist photobombing my shot. Which is just fine.

 

 

 

Of course, with so much water, a little bathing is in the natural order of things. Clothes? What clothes?

Of course, with so much water, a little bathing is in the natural order of things. Clothes? What clothes?

 

 

 

Welcome to India!

Welcome to India!

 

 

 

Of course, if laughing and slpashing is not for you, you can just sit on a wall and take it all in. Shoes not required.

If laughing and splashing is not for you, or perhaps afterwards, you can just sit on a wall and take it all in. Shoes not required.

 

 

 

All photographs taken on a 35mm film camera a few years back. Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INDIA on FILM – street views

A random selection of street photography from southern India, taken a few years back on a film camera.

 

 

 

In Mumbai, some likt to do their reading barefoot, right by the water's edge.

In Mumbai, some like to do their reading barefoot, right by the water’s edge.

 

 

 

 

Preaching virtue while waiting for the light to change at a busy intersection, Mumbai.

Preaching virtue while waiting for the light to change at a busy intersection, Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

Selling plastic bubble goo (and a goat or two...), Mumbai.

Selling plastic bubble goo (and a goat or two…), Mumbai.

 

 

 

 

Striking a pose next to a muscular mural, Madurai.

Striking a pose next to a muscular mural, Madurai.

 

 

 

 

This gentleman - and his chums in the background - found my fondness of this bullock utterly amusing. Madurai.

This gentleman – and his chums in the background – found my fondness of this bullock utterly amusing. Madurai.

 

 

 

 

Another busy day at the office, Mamallapuram.

Another busy day at the office, Mamallapuram.

 

 

 

 

Not sure if this was a temple-in-a-truck or a shrine-on-wheels, but the man in the driver's cabin - who also featured prominently painted on the side - was a big hit with the locals. Kanyakumari.

Not sure if this was a temple-in-a-truck or a shrine-on-wheels, but the man in the driver’s cabin – who also featured prominently painted on the side – was a big hit with the locals. Kanyakumari.

 

 

 

 

Barefoot but happy, Varkala.

Barefoot but happy, Varkala.

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna

DEAD DOLL HORROR – creepy critters

Question: where do zombie children buy their dolls? In Rome, that would be at  29, Via di Ripetta.

Beware, o you who enter: this is not for the squeamish… If you find the sight of dead dolls disturbing, scroll no further.

 

 

The "doll hospital" has a tiny little window on a narrow cobbled sidestreet, Via del Vantaggio.

The “doll hospital” has a tiny little window on a narrow cobbled sidestreet, Via del Vantaggio.

 

 

Closer inspection reveals the horror in all its dusty detail….

 

 

 

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And then the horror story turns into something completely different. Musician Davide Del Col has used a selection of these creepy images for a music CD to be released soon.

 

 

 

 

Minimalistic: this will be the printed CD.

Minimalistic: this will be the printed CD.

 

 

 

 

This is the spread: front cover on the right, spine in the middle, back cover on the left.

This is the spread: front cover on the right, spine in the middle, back cover on the left.

 

 

 

 

Finally, the inside panels.

Finally, the inside panels.

 

 

 

Rome’s “Doll Hospital” is actually the Squatriti workshop, specialized in the upkeep and restoration of all things antique. This grim window is an attraction to locals and tourists alike, who sometimes stand in line to take eerie photos. Hope you enjoyed.

Alessandro Ciapanna