This is the second part of the series Feathered Friends (Part 1 here) featuring black and white photographs of birds in groups taken during evenings in and around the city of Jaipur, India. These images, shot with a variety of compact cameras, attempt to portray the beauty of birds in our environment and are available as affordable prints on archival paper.

Black and white photograph of four Rose-ringed Parakeets sitting symmetrically on some overhead wires

Parakeets at Central Park

Black and white photograph of Eurasian Collared-Doves resting on overhead wires right beside an electricity pole

Doves at the University campus

Black and white photo of five House Crows sitting symmetrically on overhead wires

House Crows in Bapu Nagar

Black and white photograph of pigeons sitting symmetrically on a street light pole at dusk in the Pink City of Jaipur

Pigeons in the walled city

Black and white photo of Doves roosting for the night on wires at Central Park, Jaipur

Doves at Central Park

Black and white fine art photo of Doves sitting near a joint of overhead wires at Central Park, Jaipur

Doves at Central Park

Black and white, artistic photograph of Doves sitting on an electricity junction at dusk

Doves at Central Park

Connaught Place, New Delhi, is one of most iconic marketplaces in India. Visually, it’s a blend of colonial architecture characterised by arches, pillars and corridors interspersed with shops, restaurants, signages, decorative lighting, kiosks and of course, people! Connaught Place used to be my favourite haunt and much like the Pink City : Unfocussed series, a series of unfocussed photographs of Connaught Place was attempted, which aimed to capture the flavour of this unique marketplace. Taken in 2007, these images are available as affordable prints on archival paper.

Out of focus, artistic photograph of a corridor and archway at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Out of focus photograph showing architecture, shop signs and people at Connaught Place, New Delhi, at night

Deliberately out of focus photograph of the evening sky, a tree and shop glow signs at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Unfocussed photograph of people walking in an inner circle corridor at Connaught Place, in the evening

Out of focus photograph of an archway, people and decorative lights at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Deliberately unfocussed photograph of Connaught Place, New Delhi, showing the pavement, iconic pillars and a kiosk selling bottled drinks

Unfocussed, fine art photograph of archways and people at Connaught Place, New Delhi, India

Unfocussed fine art photograph of Connaught Place, New Delhi, showing iconic pillars of the inner circle, a tree on the pavement, light decorations and people, in the evening

Blurred night photograph of pillars, Christmas lights and shop windows at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Out of focus photograph of an inner circle corridor at Connaught Place, New Delhi, India

Unfocussed, impressionistic photograph of an inner circle corridor at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Deliberately blurred photograph of Connaught Place showing the inner circle pavement, the iconic pillars, light decorations, people and a tree

Impressionistic photograph of a busy inner circle corridor at Connaught Place, New Delhi, at dusk

Impressionistic photograph of a busy inner circle corridor at dusk, at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Out of focus photo of an inner circle facade in perspective, showing Christmas lights and shop banners at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Impressionistic fine art photograph of shoppers going past a shop window at Connaught Place, New Delhi

Some black and white photographs of birds in groups, that were mostly taken during evenings in and around the city of Jaipur (Rajasthan, India). These images attempt to portray the beauty of birds in our environment. They were shot with a variety of compact cameras and are available as affordable prints on archival paper.

Black and white photograph of Rosy Starlings resting on a leafless tree at dusk at Central Park, Jaipur

Rosy Starlings at Central Park

Black and white photograph of Small Green Bee Eaters resting on overhead electricity wires, looking in silhouette like musical notes

Small Green Bee Eaters at Bapu Nagar, looking like musical notes!

A Eurasian Collared-Dove joining a whole lot of others on a leafless tree at dusk in Central Park, Jaipur

Doves at Central Park

Pigeons resting on a lit-up street light at dusk with cellular towers in the background in the Pink City of Jaipur

Pigeons in the walled city

Three Eurasian Collared-Doves resting on overhead electricity wires at dusk near Rambagh Polo Ground, Jaipur

Doves on electricity wires at Rambagh Polo Ground

Black and white, artistic silhouette of Doves resting on the branch of a tree at dusk, at Central Park, Jaipur, India

Doves at Central Park

Black and white photograph of Doves and Parakeets resting on electricity wires above some vegetation and next to a creeper-covered pole

Doves and Parakeets at Central Park

Black and white silhouette of a group of Pigeonss resting on an electricity junction in Jaipur, at dusk

Pigeons near Gopalpura Mod flyover

Black and white photograph of House Sparrows in a roadside bush in Bapu Nagar, Jaipur, in silhouette looking like leaves

House Sparrows in a bush in Bapu Nagar

Black and white silhouette of a Pigeon joining a whole lot of others on overhead electricity wires at Ram Niwas Gardens, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Pigeons at Ram Niwas Gardens

This is a continuation of the series Out of the Ordinary, featuring black-and-white photographs of ordinary or mundane sights in and around the city of Jaipur, India, taken between 2006 and 2010. These images are available as affordable limited edition prints on archival paper (Edition: 24). Print sizes: 20×15 or 16×12 inches.

Silhouette of Langurs – male, female and baby – sitting symmetrically on a rooftop railing

Langur family on a Kishanpole Bazaar rooftop, at dusk

Artistic photograph of silhouette of about 2 dozen House Sparrows on a large, flower-shaped bush, in front of rising fountain water

Sparrow fountain! (near Choti Chaupar in the walled city)

Black and white photograph of a pair of pigeons in an arched ventilator, on an old, textured stone wall

Pigeons in their cosy home, in an alley near Hawa Mahal

A composition of intricate silhouettes of thin-leaved trees and a fence

Evening silhouettes at Central Park

Kites – whole and torn – stuck on curvy leafless tree branches

Kites stuck on a leafless tree in the walled city

Silhouette of many pigeons roosting on wires around a roof top mobile phone tower base

Pigeons on a rooftop at Prithviraj Road, in the evening

Artistic, black and white photograph of roots clinging to electrical pipes on an old wall with exposed stones and heavy texture

Roots on an old wall in a narrow Pink City lane

Low angle photograph of a group of parked, empty cycle rickshaws used for ferrying goods

Parked cycle rickshaws at Aatish Market

Abstract image of many wires criss-crossing adjacent to buildings on the sides and in front of ramparts of Nahargarh fort

Cross-crossing above a street leading to Nahargarh fort

A white cot resting in the shade, against an old, heavily textured wall

Cot against an old wall near Kalki Temple

An old electricity pole covered with vines and creepers

An unused but used electricity pole in Bapu Nagar

Urban landscape photograph of many kites in the air above city dwellings, on a misty, overcast day

Kite-filled sky on a cold and misty Makar Sankranti day (January 14)

Silhouette of a langur family – male, female and child – sitting on top of a step-like steep wall

Langur family in the walled city, at dusk

The sun, in-between the skeletal silhouette of a rooftop billboard, adjacent to an electricity pole

The setting sun, as seen through the frame of a billboard near Chomu House circle

Three types of walls from the historic Pink City, together in an angular, geometrical composition

Walls, old and new, at Bapu Bazaar

The Monsoon was generous in North India in 2010 and twice during the season, I found myself travelling in a bus on National Highway 8 (between Delhi and Jaipur) during heavy downpours. As the bus moved, rain splattered on the glass window next to me and created on it what looked like streams! Owing to the almost opaque layer of moving water on the window, the scenery outside turned into background and kept changing as the bus progressed, often looking like a water colour painting. Fortunately, on both occasions I was carrying compact cameras using which some of the painterly sights were captured.

Water droplets and streaks on the window of a moving bus against an overcast sky

Rainwater streaks on the window of a moving bus and in the background: trees, lush green farmland and a road

Artistic photograph of heavy rain splattering on the window of a moving bus leaving the background countryside landscape blurred

Rainwater streaks on the window of a bus moving in heavy rain on the Delhi–Jaipur Highway, India

Wavy patterns formed on the glass of a car during a downpour, rendering the background countryside view like an abstract painting

View from a bus moving in a monsoon downpour with falling rainwater on its windows making the view appear like an impressionistic painting

Rain splattering on the window of a moving bus, rendering the subjects outside: the road, a dhaba and parked trucks like an impressionistic painting

View of trucks in front of a bus moving on NH8, India, in a heavy monsoon downpour with a wiper clearing away some of the rain falling on the windscreen

Fine art photograph of streaks of falling rain on the window of a moving bus, rendering the background imagery of trees, road and a farmland like a water colour painting

The dusk mood in a Jaipur park where I went for regular winter evening walks fascinated me and I thought of capturing it with the compact camera that was carried in a waist pouch. Owing to low available light, some of the initial attempts were unsuccessful as most photographs came out shaky due to slow shutter speed. It then occurred to me that detail was not important in capturing the mood so the photographs were taken using the camera’s manual focus mode, deliberately out-of-focus or ‘unfocussed’. With blurred photographs, camera shake ceased to be an issue and loss of detail seemed to enhanced the mood! These images were taken in 2010 and are available as affordable prints on archival paper.

A lit-up park light and behind it, a leafy tree, at dusk

Blurred distant street lights and the moon at night, as seen through a framing of tree branches

The moon in a clear evening sky and below it, colours of the setting sun and tree silhouettes

Distant, blurred lights of the city as seen from a park at dusk

Silhouettes of trees, the moon and street lights, as seen through a park at dusk

Silhouettes of trees, colours of the evening sky and far away street lights, as seen from a Jaipur park at dusk

Lit-up park lights alongside a walking path and tree silhouettes above, in a Jaipur park at dusk

Street lights, park lights, tree silhouettes and a walker in a Jaipur park, at dusk

Lit-up park light, a tree and a couple on the walking trail in a Jaipur park at night

Silhouettes of trees, colours of lawns and the evening sky in a Jaipur, India park at dusk

Silhouettes of trees, blue evening sky and the setting sun, as seen from a Jaipur park

Silhouettes of trees against the evening sky, as seen from a Jaipur, Rajasthan park at dusk