India in Motion

Mrs P and I returned from India little more than two months ago. It seems a lifetime ago already. Now we’re in winter, I long for the high 30s of our Indian Summer. Looking through my photos brings back many memories. But it’s the videos that bring the holiday back to life.

I curse myself at the end of every exotic trip for not taking more videos. The problem, I think, is that videos take more time and more thought than taking photos. It’s time and thought that I’m too often too busy, too tired or too absorbed to give. Maybe next time…


5 thoughts on “India in Motion

  1. With video you get many artifacts you can’t control but it does bring you back to that moment to reexperience that few seconds in time vividly. Very often you see things you missed the first time around too as you press the camera up to your face. Not so common these days with a digital phone of course but it’s still valid.

    That becomes more poignant as we age too or even in a few years when you review your antics abroad. My main worry is losing those memories. Sometimes places we have visited have been destroyed or damaged in some way or great hordes of people visit it now but were sparse when you were there and parts are blocked off today to prevent vandalism or worse.
    My Great Auntie Eilish was a teacher in Scotland and she used to take her cameras, chemicals and glass plates and take and develop her photos in the field. She also took many films of the fauna and wildlife there too! In her photos and movies people are just themselves, chatting together probably discussing the strange apparition behind them. During WW II she was arrested as a German spy one Christmas when she was bringing her stuff over to Ireland to show her brother and grandchildren. It was all sorted in the end but it’s a hilarious story for the family lore. Another Aunt, Steph took several videos in Rome and Paris, Venice and other parts of Europe which captured more than just the views but also hairstyles, clothing and mode of transportation too and the effects of pollution are not as evident either.

    There was a flim in the 70’s or 80’s called “Heat and Dust” set in India which for me gave me the experience of India but without the smell. Have you seen it? It’s a Merchant Ivory production.


    • Video just does capture so much more atmosphere. The quality of videos shot from an iPhone are also quite incredible. But the downside to video compared to photography, or at least digital video, is the evolution of formats and quality. Footage I shot 10 years ago is virtually unwatchable, although I remember being quite impressed at the time.

      I also love seeing old videos my grandad shot. I did post one here a few years ago, shot in the 60s and 70s. There was even a couple of seconds of yours truly in 1972, arriving home from the hospital.

      I haven’t seen that film. I will have to look it up. Any method of avoiding the smell, or worse – the pollution, is a winner.

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  2. Nice video. I’ll second your comment about videos being much more difficult than still photos. I’ve tried to do a couple, and they are surprisingly difficult, not to mention all of the editing at the end.

    I’ve always wanted to go to India. Some day I shall.


    Kim G
    Redding, Ca
    Where we’ve become too familiar with foreign territory.


    • You need a series of short videos to make a publishable video, so some thought needs to go into that. Plus, they work best with commentary, something I don’t like doing. But it can just be done with a soundtrack. And then there is all that editing. It’s a lot more work that photography. But they are better at bringing back fond memories.


      • I have found via my very few attempts at a video that they need a story line that has been thought out in advance. That’s the tough part, IMHO. One of these days when I’m back in Mexico, I’ll try to become a YouTuber. For now, I’ll stick to the minimalist blog thing (a few posts a year, if necessary) and my own snapshots. Saludos.

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