Photos From the Hyderabad Children’s Aid Society

Those of you who followed this blog will probably remember our friend Mary Ann and her connection to India, to Hyderabad and specifically to the Hyderabad Children’s Aid Society – the orphanage where she volunteered. I wrote about her in an earlier post called Our Friend Mary Ann. In addition there are two posts about the Home and our visit: Hyderabad Children’s Aid Society and Hyderabad Children’s Aid Society Post Continued.
I’ve begun to process over three hundred portraits I took of the children along with photos that I hope will paint a picture of the Home for people who haven’t seen it in person. Here are a few – starting with a picture of the room that the Home made for Mary Ann. When we visited it had been preserved as a shrine in her memory. Below that are pictures of morning prayers and finally of some of the children.

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Holga Prints

Breaking news: we are going back to India this winter. More about that in the next post. Meanwhile, I have started to process the pictures I took in Burma, Laos and India using my Holga camera. Click here for information about Holgas: what’s a Holga?. I’ve just finished a marvelous week-long class at The Massachusetts College of Art called the Art of the Big Print where I used their $25,000 Imocon scanner to transfer the negatives into digital high resolution digital files, and then printed the scans on a very fancy Epson printer. This is high end equipment to which I would never ordinarily have had access. The class, offered through the continuing education department taught by Amber Tourlentes, is so terrific that this is actually the third time I’ve taken it (I guess one could say I’m a slow learner – and this is also true – but there is a lot to learn and one week isn’t nearly enough). Amber is a wonderfully knowledgable, generous and patient teacher. She knows more about digital printing and processing than anyone I’ve ever met. I plan on taking the class next year as well.
These photos, while not developed using an “alternative” process like cyanotype or Palladium printing are still considered alternative process images because of the camera I used.
In more breaking news I’ve been accepted into a two week residency at Goa-CAP the Center for Alternative Processing in the Indian state of Goa. David and I will head there after our time in Hyderabad next January. David will teach ESL while I make art and have an exhibition. Goa is situated on the Arabian Sea – not a bad place to be in January.
The first picture was taken in a tiny village outside Luang Prabang in Laos. The next is in the city of Kochi in the south Indian state of Kerela, the holy cow (!) was in a terrible town called Bharatpur, and the last two are in Amritsar at the Golden Temple.

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