Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated each autumn in India and across the world. During those few days, homes are cleaned, sweets and gifts are exchanged between friends and families, and hundreds of clay lamps - diyas - are lit. It is said that the light from the diyas wards off evil, and marks the start of a prosperous new year. I caught this lovely string of lights during the festival at my local temple, and couldn’t help but capture it in bokeh!
These gorgeous peonies crop up in my backyard for about two weeks every year late in the spring, and each year I cannot resist photographing them. I love, love, love the deep magenta of the petals, and how they contrast to the ochre yellow of the anthers and stamens.
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From the Satyanarayan puja that we had at our house this past Sunday. Every year, we have this puja - a Hindu ceremony of offerings to a particular God or Goddess - at our house, filled with family, friends, loads of food, sweets and fresh flowers. I love how our basement fills up with the heady smell of incense and burning camphor, always reminding me of pujas back home in India.
Part of my series of capturing Indian Classical Dancers (all my good friends) as they prepare for the stage! This is my friend S, who does Odissi, a form of Indian Classical Dance originating from the Eastern Indian state of Odissa. This photo is slightly out of focus, but I kind of like its softness!
This weekend, I had the pleasure of attending my first Indian wedding in the States in years - that of my Dad’s best friend’s daughter! It was a lovely, beach-side affair. This is my favorite shot from mehendi night, when the bride received her churas (bangles) from the women of her family.