Velvet Monsoon

Autumn/Winter 2021

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"Monsoon" - what does the word conjure in your head? The beautiful scents of wet tropical flowers, or the ennui of being trapped indoors behind a curtain of endless water?

While India's monsoons in particular are some of the world's most famous, every other tropical land, in fact, has its own tale to tell of refreshing clarity set against torrid rainfall.

For my late-2021 visual project, I attempt to portray the romantic indolence of the "Monsoon Blues", being gradually diluted by the rays of distant sunlight.

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"The rain begins with a single drop."

- Manal al-Sharif

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"If people were seasons, she'd be monsoon. After every downpour, the garden laughed with her, wild and free."

- Meeta Ahluwalia

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"I am a being of Heaven and Earth, of thunder and lightning, of rain and wind, of the galaxies."

- Eden Ahbez

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"Rain is not only drops of water. It's the love of the sky for the earth. They never meet each other, but send love this way."

- Unknown

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"Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth, without rain, there would be no life."

- John Updike

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"The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach."

- Henry Beston

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