My 5 favorite photo moments from 2016

For about a year now I have been writing regular posts. I am a bit tired of the same old same old, so I am going to take a different approach for a few weeks and see how it goes. I am going to try and inject a little more variety into the line up of posts! Happy reading!

1. Man at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Before coming to India last April I drove from Texas to South Carolina to visit my mom. We took a trip to Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach had been on our joint bucket list since I was a child. In the late 80’s/ early 90’s a movie came out called Shag. It is set in Myrtle Beach in the 1960’s. It was the first movie I saw that was rated PG-13.

My mom made reservations at a hotel on the beach. The room was amazing! It was a suite with a kitchen and even a washer and dryer. From the balcony I saw this man laying out. I had to take the photograph. The scene reminded me of something Martin Parr would take a picture of. All the lounge chairs were in just the right position to create an arch across the picture plane and I always find a man sunbathing funny. I am from a blue collar Texas family and the men I know don’t lay out.

2. Gateway of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra

On arriving in Mumbai in April, photographing the Gateway of India was my top photographic priority. I had been in Mumbai in 2015 and had photographed the monument. However, upon arriving back in Texas I dropped my external hard-drive down the stairs to my apartment. I lost everything. It was the only place I had saved the photographs. 🙁 Furthermore, I had visited Mumbai on my first trip to India in 2009. On that trip I just had a cheap point and shoot digital camera with me, so the photographs are not great. I now have this photograph saved to multiple locations. I hope I don’t ever have to make a special trip to Mumbai to photograph it again! But I do hope I get to go to Mumbai in March for the Focus Photography Festival. Then maybe I will photograph the Gateway again just for you lucky readers!

3. The start to the CMYK Photography Workshops

In May, Meropi and I started the CMYK Photography Workshops. It was and is very exciting to teach travelers more about their cameras and show them a part of Udaipur they probably would not see on their own.

4. A Dream come True, a Visit to the Taj Mahal

Obviously, most people that travel in India want to see the Taj Mahal. There are those that skip it because lets face it, Agra is a pain in the ass. No offense Agra. However, I have wanted to see the Taj Mahal since I took my first Art History class in the early two-thousands. The dream was further inspired when I took an Indian art class. I love architecture and the Taj is definitely one of the most well-known and moving pieces of architecture. Other fantastic works of architecture I have seen are the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (it is probably the most moving place I have ever visited) and the Sistine Chapel (Michelangelo’s painting is overwhelmingly breath-taking, however, they do not allow photography).

5. Last but not Least, Starting a New Project, Signifier

Being in a new place is inspiring. It causes you to look at things differently and to take your art in new directions, for me at least. In November, I started a new project, Signifier. It is about my experience here. No matter how long I am in India or Udaipur I will always be an outsider. I cannot fully integrate, I will always be on the surface. I look forward to continuing this project in the new year!

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About the Author:

Betsy Williamson is an assistant professor of art in the state of New Mexico. Before coming to New Mexico for this job she was an adjunct professor throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, teaching photography and art appreciation. Between September 2015 and May 2017, she took a break from teaching to pursue art, research and life in India. Now she is back to teaching and part-timing it in India.

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