May 14, 2009

I didn’t know until very recently that Mumbai is one of the very few places in the world that hosts flamingos within city limits. (Nairobi and Miami are two others.) So of course I wanted to go see. And with a video journalist friend and an expert ornithologist friend, I went off to do a piece on them (hey, why not share with the world?) The flamingo photos I took are not worth publishing, they were too far away, but, on one of the quays, against the backdrop of an oil refinery and a thermal power plant blurred by grey wisps of smog and a flock of flamingos rocking gently like rose petals on oil, were these rotting, abandoned boats. Sewri was nothing like I expected. But these boats just grabbed me. Quite poetic a metaphor, aren’t they?(If you’d like, you can listen to the story and see Nitin’s photos)


7 Responses to “abandoned”

  1. Varun says:

    Hello Chhavi!

    Shooting something else when looking forward for some other thing? happens to me all the time 🙂

    I’m sure you would’ve done this already but I feel your shot would look amazing in a tinge of bland yellow after BW! nice shot from the thumbnail view, hoping u’d put up the actual shot sometime!

  2. krist0ph3r says:

    hey, let’s go there, cut one of them boats loose, and row around? we could even get some good flamingo shots!!! what say?!!!

  3. Gopal Sea says:

    Ya, Johnny Bravo feels abandoned too.

  4. vivek says:

    I’ve tagged you for the “7 random things” meme

  5. Aristarkhos says:

    (T)rolled over from your dabeli post on Mumbaikar…there was a documentary made on the flamingoes of sewri bay…years ago. I think it was called ‘In the Pink’. (I never got to watch it, tho) I think the script was written by Jerry Pinto…cant remember who directed it. not sure if it was Ashima Narain…

  6. chhavi says:

    @varun @kristopher thanks 😉 and yes, I’d be game for that, let’s go!
    @aristarkhos thanks! I’ll look for it! I like Jerry Pinto’s work. There’s also a book out peripherally about Flamingos that’s on my list of ‘to-buy’ – http://www.bollyadda.com/2009/02/lost-flamingos-of-bombay.html

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