Life at LLA

Joy of Seeing with Iqbal Mohamed

Batch 21 went on a photowalk with a twist – no cameras. As part of Iqbal’s class on the Joy of Seeing, this photowalk helped students hone their skills of observation and visualization.

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Here’s are some students describing their experience of the session:

“Glancing at the roots, I noticed some mushroom cups and many other beautiful colours shown by mother nature. The rainbow of colours that I witnessed mesmerizes me the same way as if I got to see a rainbow for the first time. The novelty and ineffability of the experience makes it special, sheer emotions are quite hard to be jotted down into words.

The landscape felt like an unsung poem or sonnet, waiting to be discovered and tuned into words. And the humble mother earth is the poet.”
– Aditya Pant

“When I first stepped into the forest I was really confused whether to look around or watch my step. Within a few minutes as I got used to it, it felt like the forest swallowed me whole and I got lost in the greens of the barks, the blues of the sky and the orange of the mushrooms growing on the forest floor. I couldn’t really figure out what to observe and what not to, I was just in awe of the entire scenario and I kept staring in amazement. The sun was shining through the not so thick canopies and the whole forest seemed to host a theater show playing with light and shadow. 

In the village, I saw human life and its creation. Everything in the village was built without any artistic effort as such, but it all looked aesthetically beautiful. Simple things like a blue window on a yellow wall or colorful temple or a school girl walking home caught my eye with an artistic appeal. Humans and their way of life are amazing things to observe chiefly because of the uniqueness and creativity of the human mind. In short, I loved today’s session very much.”
– Shreyasha Ganguly

“In the midst of a damp bed, covered with a blanket of dry leaves, standing elegantly, a tall tree, stretching its branches out, bathing under the sun. 

A fallen tree, nurturing mushrooms and spiders and other insects. Under its bark, around its root; a small word within itself. 

A party of orange mushrooms , enjoying the sun, popping wildly against a bark of a free covered with green oss. 

A man walking up a daily steep muddy tail, carrying a bulk of grass over his shoulders, with all his focus on the next step he is going to take, surrounded by widely ranging tea plantations”
– Pradyoth Nimmatoori

“Today was marked by an interesting group visit to a eucalyptus forest. The forest was full of trees that seemed like human figures. Tall, almost touching the blue sky in all its majesty and making me feel small as eer. It was also interesting to find different shaped and coloured mushrooms covering the forest land. At a certain point in time, the branches began to sway due to the sudden wind, giving an impression that the forest was happy to receive us. The forest had tones of green and orange all over, that reminded me of the Indian flag. Another aspect that struck me was the curves. The curving roads along the forest or the twisted and intertwined branches of the trees, the curvier the prettier. Being present in nature sprouted many thoughts in me about our differences as well as our similarities with the flora. Both humans and plants are reflections of the same creation yet so different in their roles and existence. 

Moreover it was nice to observe a general happiness on the faces of all present around as if all other reality had ceased to exist for that hour or so. 

It was as a whole a thought provoking and very comforting experience to touch the barks of century old trees and walk curiously around in the forest”
– Bhoomika Jotwani