The theme is all that the name suggests. It evokes the mysterious and, in some cases, the eerie. The images go beyond imagination. The scenes are mostly abstract, leaving a lot for the viewer to interpret. Enigma is universal; and therefore, the settings are in The Philippines, Nepal, Russia and the United Kingdom. Some of these cards can also be used for Halloween. (Bestseller in Brunei and among art lovers)
“It’s early morn” - Makati, Manila, The Philippines
The ‘early morn’ image has a warm and welcoming effect with the sun rising over the Manila skyline, being reflected on the picture with a golden frame. The colours naturally complement each other. The name draws inspiration from a phrase in John Denver’s song “Leaving on a jet plane”. The contrasting shadow of the flower vase is an offering to the sun. The photograph was taken from one of the high-rise buildings in Makati, Manila.
The Blues - Haatiban Resorts, Kathmandu, Nepal
A moody and stark image is created in this window frame with the blue sky and the solitary figure, facing away. Who knows if his mood is also blue? There is another frame of a door, the knob of which is being reflected on the man’s back, giving it an apprehensive twist. The few leaves at the top corner, however, are like a silver lining. Shot in the open-air restaurant of Haatiban Resorts, Kathmandu, this is one of the most-liked photographs of the theme.
Building Glasses in the Air - Lymm, United Kingdom
A tray with glasses and bottles is hanging in the air, in between bars and frames of windows, and trees. It is, as if, a magician is performing a mesmerizing trick to prove that castles can be built in the air. An atmosphere of suspense is conjured as the glasses remain suspended. The image captured from the window of a hotel in Lymm, U.K., makes an impression of someone watching.
Window on Tree - Lymm, United Kingdom
A playful image where the reflection of the window on the tree is giving it a tree-house effect. The real window on the left seems to be vouchsafing the existence of the unreal. Since the photograph was taken through another window, the three windows tease the viewer’s imagination. This was shot in Lymm, U.K.
The King, the Horse and a Mobile Photographer - The Monument to Peter I, St. Petersburg, Russia
The only image in the series where the subject is being reflected on water, a puddle. A story of contrasting worlds – of a bygone era of the mighty king Peter I, when powerful kings reigned as opposed to that of the present times, when power rests in mobile phones. The black and white photograph, taken in St. Petersburg, levels the two worlds.
Stairin’ - Dwarika’s Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Brick walls of an old building; the blue sky of twilight hour reflecting on the windows of the staircase, interspersed with incandescent lights; the dark niches created by the play of light and shade – all combine to give an uncanny feeling of someone standing on the stairs and watching. A twist to the spelling of ‘staring’ enhances the eeriness. The location is one of the most popular heritage properties of Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Hotel.
Watching - St. Petersburg, Russia
A startling image of a standing wax model intently watching each passer-by. The masks, some hooded, look out mockingly, trying to lure innocent wayfarers. The scene is shrouded in mystery due to the juxtaposition of the skin-coloured wall, the dark brown window frame with the pale faces and sunlight shining into the dark room. This is the décor of a small wax museum in St. Petersburg. (Most liked pic across generations)