With my morning cup of tea, skies still in slumber, fresh air, no sight or sound of vehicles, I peek over this open forest from my balcony and I see there’s a wild burst of yellow cassia in all that green. There’s an occasional visit from a Brahminy Kite, the lively fly by of a pandemonium of parakeets and even an egret or two once in a while, enroute their trip to the near by lake.
There’s also a thin film of dust of the concrete on my rails, some abandoned garbage bags, a dump truck, a crane and the fleet of offices burning bright in an up and coming tech park. And there begins a typical day – a day of stringing confusing moments of the therapeutic green trees and blue lakes or the side effects of a promising metropolis.
Happiness is a choice – I’ve heard, and so you pick your moments. I chose to create a little ensemble of colourful preserves for myself in the March of 2013. A series I called – ‘The Flowering Trees of Bangalore’. I noticed that when a viewer sees some of these works it’s either the nostalgia of having once lived by this kind of a flowering tree, or the pride in that the flowering tree still blossoms in one’s own backyard, or it’s a simple untainted pleasure of seeing a joyous colour or feeling a sombre effect of the composition at large. And I have been lucky a few times to have felt the connection that transpired between the three of us – the tree, the viewer and me. Ever so often the moment hasn’t been about the image or me, it’s really a penchant for the city’s green legacy.
These works are digital images that have been partly hand-drawn and scanned, digitally coloured and created with unique placement of flowering stalks, pods and leaves. Most of the details were observed and sought out from Karthik’s journal – www.wildwanderer.com, a compelling source of information on Bangalore’s trees, actually collecting fallen flowers and leaves and other free images from the internet.
Here are my 10 picks from Bangalore’s rich selection of flowering trees.