with Anjali Shah (image designer & contributor)
This is not only the Half-Eaten Mind’s first Photo Moment of 2014, it is also our first article full-stop, and today it comes courtesy of piZap whizzkid, little sister and loyal contributor Anjali.
I was expecting New Year‘s Eve to be a quiet one for me. The weather was atrocious, with the streets sodden with rain and a horrible wind blowing all over. Just as I had finished dinner, I got a text from one of my brothers asking me to come down his place. As I had already eaten and as I knew that public transport would largely shut down for the New Year’s holiday, I was not going to go. but luckily a family friend who had a car was also visiting, and immediately I got ready, left the house, trudged through the rain and rode on of the last buses heading towards Canning Town tube station. Once I got to my mother’s house, we had some quality family time. I watched them all have a hefty takeaway order of pizza and chicken burgers. I felt a bit hungry again so pinched a quarter of Mum’s chicken burger. We watched EastEnders ( a soap opera set in London’s East End) and a comic puppet show on Comedy Central, while me and my friend Yousaf had a comments war on Facebook concerning Justin Bieber (He’s a fan, though he denies it, I am definitely not!). Our family get-together culminated in a small fireworks display in the back garden. Though the rain by now was heavy, it didn’t dampen our spirits. The fireworks went off with a bang, we saw a solitary Chinese lantern drift past like a bright orange UFO and we welcomed 2014 in with smiles and cheers. It was a lovely and memorable evening.
As part of the New Year’s celebrations, Anjali created a special piZap image which she had scheduled to release on her Twitter account at exactly 12:00 GMT – the first minute of 2014. I was able to preview the image before she put it on general display, and what can I say, It was stupendous, an amazing shock of colour, detail, and all the party atmosphere a New Year’s beginning entails, concentrated into a few pixels. Now I know my sister’s design talents well, and regular readers will know too, but I was genuinely shocked into silence here. The caption she enclosed with it was just as great. It must be said though, like all good things, it must be seen to be truly appreciated. So here it is below.
I think she has captured the spirit of New Year’s perfectly. The bright flashes and noise of a million fireworks festooning the night skies. The beginnings of a new start, new ventures and new friendships. The dissemination of kindness and the desire for prosperity. It’s time to let bygones be bygones, and to let old grudges and difficulties be blown to fragments like the casings of the assorted pyrotechnics that are launched heavenwards at every New Years.
Let’s hope 2014 can be a wonderful year for all of us…..
****** 🙂 🙂 🙂 2014 🙂 🙂 🙂 ******
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