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#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:58



In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of her pet and treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina, who tipped his hat at @namansaraiya for his beautiful photos, who in turn pointed us to fellow photographer @khabrilal, who picked @mumbaipaused , who recommended artist  @bheeshoom.

@bheeshoom picks filmmaker @roetry: “He is a wanderer and clicker of common people around him. I like his common life clicking with simple and nice perspectives. One should follow him to explore the raw India! "

Stay tuned next week to see who @ picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:58



In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of her pet and treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina, who tipped his hat at @namansaraiya for his beautiful photos, who in turn pointed us to fellow photographer @khabrilal, who picked @mumbaipaused.


@mumbaipaused picks artist  @bheeshoomHe seems to be in love with typography. He experiments with type and adds a new layer to the subjects he shoots with his love for type. The series about his daily commute in an autorickshaw is something most suburban Mumbaikars would identify with. His love for the city and the people comes across in a lovely way through his images!

Stay tuned next week to see who @bheeshom picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:13



In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of her pet and treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina, who tipped his hat at @namansaraiya for his beautiful photos, who in turn pointed us to fellow photographer @khabrilal.

@khabrilal picks Mumbai based photographer @mumbaipaused. “I don't know him personally, but he's prolific and often posts his work in a series. I've found that he captures that exact saturation and texture of light that is Mumbai, that is India and that is Sub continental. If someone were to ask me to describe the light in Mumbai, I would direct them to his photos.”

Stay tuned next week to see who @mumbaipaused picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Friday, 28 March 2014 12:23



What: #bpbPhotoTrail- in this  space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. Follow us on @bpbweekend.

Why: We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art, who recommended @aishwarya_n for visuals of her treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina, who tipped his hat at @namansaraiya for his beautiful photos.

This week, Naman picks: "@khabrilal because "his work is a reminder of the beauty of the minimal, and reflects peace in chaotic times." Stay tuned next week to see which Instagrammer Khabrilal introduces you to.

When: You need aaj ki taaza khabrilal.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Monday, 24 March 2014 11:13



What: #bpbPhotoTrail- in this  space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. Follow us on @bpbweekend.

Why: We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art, who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of her treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos, who said hello to  Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina.

This week, he picks: " photographer @namansaraiya because his Instagram feed is like a storybook. Makes for a great read." Stay tuned next week to see which Instagrammer Naman introduces you to. Camera Diaz?

When: You need a new photo op.

 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:12



In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of her pet and treats and travel, who picked @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh, who then recommended @dianakakkar for her London street style photos. This week, Diana recommends her favourite Instagrammer, who will pick his favourite the week after, and the #bpbPhotoTrail will continue.

@dianakakkar (fashion designer and street style blogger) picks Delhi-based music producer @pagalhaina

“I love Dhruv's Instagram feed as his passion for beautiful music is captured in his moody images with romantic colours and a story to relate to what he is listening to.”

Stay tuned next week to see who @pagalhaina picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.

 
Thousand Nigerian Hairstyles: JD Okhai’s Legacy
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:45

 

You promised yourself that you would master that waterfall braid you saw on Pinterest, only to wrap your hair into a bun the next day? We understand (unless you used a scrunchie, in which case who are you?).

To give you some inspiration is JD Okhai Ojeikere’s stunning photographic work. Nigeria’s finest photographer, JD learnt photography from a friend in the 1940s and pursued his passion through decades to document his country’s culture of lavish, elaborate and gravity-defying hairstyles. His legacy of stark black and white portraits of women’s hairstyles taken through the '60s up to his death earlier this month, has resulted in nearly 1,000 different stunning works that recently went up in an online gallery that you can find on Gallery 51.

A Dying Braid

Before these photographs went up online, many of them have been exhibited in galleries across the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and the Venice Biennale in 2013.

These ‘editorial sculptures’ of African women show hair that has been intricately woven, pulled up and tied in a hundreds of braids, twisted in different directions (reminiscent of that goddess of neo-soul Erykah), tied in a multitude of ponytails with giant head dresses and scarves completing the look. Complicated techniques and textures make for some beautiful, eye-catching and sometimes even downright bizarre styles. And the best part – none of these were commissioned models; he just found them going about their daily lives, in the streets, at a wedding, or at work.

There, you can now mullet over.

Getting There: View JD Okhai’s hairstyle series on Gallery 51.

 
Sponsored - NatGeo Inside IPL: Bat For This!
Monday, 17 February 2014 11:46


 

***This post is sponsored by NatGeo***

On your television at home; replays on your mobile phone; on that 50 inch screen at your neighbourhood bar; at Wankhede Stadium in person.

If you think you’ve seen the Indian Premiere League (IPL) from every angle, we might have to stop and correct you. Brace yourself for NatGeo’s new six part documentary, Inside IPL, that presents the making and behind-the-scenes of this super popular sporting event. The first hour -long episode airs this Friday, February 21 at 9 pm (and then  one episode every Friday) and we’re going to be watching in full form. Read on to know why we’re batting for it.

In The Big League

Be There Before It Happened: With a focus on the sixth IPL season in 2013, the show also gives a general overview of what goes into making the IPL a success: the faces and places; hands and merry bands; the players and soothsayers; business plans and fans.

Meet The Cricketers & Celebrity Team Owners: During these episodes you can expect to see interviews with the biggest cricket stars from around the world, senior management from the IPL, celebrity team owners and commentators. Catch never-seen-before footage; get expert insights and fun team anecdotes.

Learn How To Stay Fit and Party: Viewers of Inside IPL will also see training sessions of the top cricket players. Ladies, shirts might come off. #JustSaying. Hit pause and be inspired. You will also be able to accompany the players on their post-cricket parties and retreats.

Be Inspired: Young rookie cricketers talk about how they were awed and inspired by the stalwarts of cricket, and what it’s like to share a dressing room with them.

Get Business Tips: And lastly, Inside IPL gives you a look at the sheer scale of production, the intricacy of planning, the precision of the broadcast crews and team dynamics. Better than business school!

So turn on your TV set on Friday, February 21 at 9 pm, and let the IPL make its pitch to you. We know you’re going to love it!

Getting there: Brand new show, NatGeo Inside IPL. First episode airs on NatGeo on Friday, February 21 at 9 pm, and then one episode every Friday. View the Facebook page here.  


 
#bpbPhotoTrail: Instagram Pick
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:45



In this new space we give you one new Instagrammer to follow every week through a picture trail. We started by @bpbweekend recommending @Marissabronfman for her breakfast smoothie bowls that look like art , who recommended @aishwarya_n for her visuals of her pet and treats and travel. This week, Aishwarya Nair recommends her favourite Instagrammer, who will pick his favourite the week after, and the #bpbPhotoTrail will continue.

@aishwarya_n (F&B head for The Leela Group of Hotels) picks @narresh , Creative Director of Shivan & Narresh.

"He has a creative mix of personal, food, fashion and travel pictures. I also like multi branded store @LeMill 's Insta account. I inevitably seem to like most of their posts. They feature all these multi faceted designers and are the only ones to do so in India."

Stay tuned next week to see who  @narresh picks as his Instagrammer of the week. To nominate your favourite Instagrammers, tag them in our Instagrammer of the week post here. At the end of the month, they could be added to our list of favourites.


 
St.Art Delhi: Street Dreams
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:09



“If graffiti changed anything, it would be illegal.” Or so it says across a blank wall in a largely inconspicuous London hideout, in his trademark bold ink and nihilistic style. You don't need to trek all the way to Liverpool Street to catch a glimpse because the biggest street art festival in Delhi has begun with a graffiti trail in Shahpurjat. Get in line, please.

Occupy.Wall.Street

St.Art Delhi, short for Street Art Delhi, has been in the works for almost a year. Hanif Kureshi, creative director, tells us how it’s almost an extension of Extension Khirki, Delhi’s first street art festival that took place nearly two years ago. “A bunch of friends catching up in Shahpurjat to paint some walls, one from Germany, one from Taiwan, one from Delhi and so on.”

Akshat Nauriyal, in charge of documentation of the festival, shares how St.Art is a completely independent art movement with no sponsors, other than funding from Max Mueller Bhawan to bring artists from Germany. The month long movement which features many events will have legal permission to  transform numerous walls in Hauz Khas Village, Shahpurjat, Khirki Village and even some in Tihar Jail and Delhi police station. “The point is to work with the community; in fact, some house owners have loved the art pieces so much that now even more people are offering us their walls,” shares Akshat.

With over 20 artists from around the world participating, of note is Hendrik ECB Beikirch, creator of Asia’s highest mural. Bollywood Art Project’s founder Ranjit Dahiya brings a bit of the Bandra graffiti scene to Dilli by painting a giant mural of Madhubala that almost looks like an etch-a-sketch. Anpu Varkey, the cat stencil specialist gave Shahpurjat its first mural of a kitty playing with a furball. FOE from Germany did a Banksy-esque stencil of two young boys with a kite. Brazilian artist and founder of the Brinda Project Sergio Cordeiro painted a mural of a spunky saree-clad woman sticking pins into the air with a charming yet defiant irreverence. For those who love graffitti for its thrill, on the roster is a super secret graffiti jam at an undisclosed location on January 31; a workshop with the inmates of Tihar Jail with Blaise duringFebruary 8-11; a stencil/sign/graffiti workshop at Max Mueller Bhavan on February 9, and a curated walk in Khirki Extension on February 16 in New Delhi.

Take a Hike (through Shahpurjat)

The Shahpurjat walk/graffiti trail will be led by upcoming blogging group Dilly Dallying the following Sunday. The morning and afternoon slots are already booked, so we suggest you book the evening one before it’s full. With most of the art being displayed in the heart of Shahjpur Jat, Akshat and Hanif hope that maybe kids will get inspired to get involved in creative expression, through this exchange of ideas, culture and human interaction. The holistic idea behind the movement is itself to find the points of intersection that community engagement and public art can have, and to give the street art community something they can all participate in.

As an exclusive, Akshat shared that the next stop on their itinerary is St.Art Mumbai. The St.Art Festival promises to be a great reason to meet up with locals, strangers and artists alike, so mark your calendars for October-November this year. Time to paint your town red.

Getting There: View St.Art Delhi’s website here, Facebook page here, register for the walk here and register for the workshops here. Follow them on Instagram here.

 
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