Guest Stories: “Another View of Savista “
Even while Ellie was clicking Savista in exhuberant colour and composing her collages (see previous post titled “WinterSavista”), Christopher Edwards was amusing himself with creating yet “another view of Savista” as he called it.
Christopher and Mona Edwards were at Savista for an extended vacation over Christmas and the new year. Apart from a couple of short excursions into the city, they seemed content to spend their time in and around the property – reading, watching films, going for walks, napping on the rooftop, visiting blockprinters in Bagru… Very quickly they settled into being a gentle and comfortable presence in our midst.
Being French but of Tunisian origin, Mona – a scientist who works in the Geography Laboratory at Oxford University – confessed to feeling totally at home in the semi desert ambience of Rajasthan, and perhaps even experiencing a twinge of nostalgia for the land of her childhood. Christopher took many many pictures of Savista, and being an IT wizard proceeded to experiment with different softwares to create the most amazing effects on them. We are grateful to him for giving us a totally new and exciting visual feel of Savista through a selection of effects – such as etchings on parchment, marble effects,old Victorian postcards, and mysterious colour effects. We present below a small selection from his unique “creations” in the form of collages put together very kindly by Ellie.
When Christopher is not doing his day job in IT, he plays the trumpet, and also teaches and performs across the Oxford and Berkshire region under the banner of Trumpet Voluntary. He comes from a family of British brass and military band players that goes back several generations. He is presently training the fourth generation in this musical tradition. Trumpet Voluntary’s services include Jazz, Classical and Popular; Solo and Support ; Theatre, Orchestra, Sacred and Marching; and it performs in the U.K., France and Canada. Christopher can be contacted at: