It’s the quiet ones that you have to worry about. One the greatest parts of what I do is that I get to meet some amazing people. When I first starting doing this almost seven years ago, I had a student in my Photoshop Elements class. She was quiet and very attentive. Not knowing if the material was making back in that corner of the room, I would ask if all was good back there. I would get a nod and thumbs up. Over the years I got to know this mysterious person.
Meet Patricia Reynolds. One day she had me over for a couple of private photo lessons. Sitting on the opposite end of the table were stacks of photo albums. Me being the nosy type, I asked what kind of photos that she had taken. I wasn’t prepared for what was about to unfold. As we were chatting, she slipped in the conversation that she was a graduate of a little, hardly known University called Rutgers. At this point I knew this was going to be an interesting ride. Pat has spent her life in Social Work, helping people in all aspects of their lives. During our visit, she pulled the top album off the stack and proceeded to open it. Page after page was full of wonderful photos of India. I looked at her with a rather strange look (more than usual) and asked, “Ugh, how did you take these?” She explained that she had a great film camera that she knew inside and out and shot manual. Then I looked around like was being filmed on Candid Camera. All the photos in the album were perfectly exposed. She looked at me and simply said, “I just need a little brush up.” Ever since then we have been needling each other about everything.
After seeing this album, I wanted her to share some of the photos with the folks out there. These are prints that were scanned and given the once over by Nik. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. I may never get to India; at least I can take a virtual trip through Pat’s camera. As always, leave her some love in the comments section.
Pat says that Ganesha is Lord of Success. The elephant-deity riding a mouse.
Note the cloth coverings for feet. No leather is allowed in the Taj or other temples.