Esse Quam Videri

Relax! That translates into ‘To Be Rather Than To Seem’ and that is the motto my alma mater studiorum ie. my school – St. Peter’s School🙂 This is the photograph of the chapel within my school. The only history i will reveal about my school is that it was founded by Cowley Fathers way back in 1874. (You can get a detailed one from the website)

I am fortunate to be living very close to my school, I pass by it atleast once a week, but rarely drop in. It is not easy. It’s like stepping into a time – machine. Afterall, I had spent 12 of my most cherished years here. Mind is still searching for those long lost friends when i step in. Many of them are probably married by now and who knows, their kids will be studying in St. Peter’s now:)

These photographs were made around four years back when i was still using Canon A400. It was for my personal collection, as i was moving to another city, thanks to my job back then. I wanted to keep some special photographs with me. I also uploaded them on Flickr and distributed the link in my school’s Orkut group (yeah back then there was no Facebook on my intellectual map:P) and forgot about it.

Today when i opened my school’s Facebook page, i was pleasantly surprised to see one of my photographs being used as the display pic of the group. I went through the photo album, and one of my seniors had uploaded photographs from the Flickr stream onto Facebook. Most of the photographs had large number of comments, some from seniors who were from batches even before i was born. And what’s more, these are the only school-related photographs found on any of my school’s groups across the web.

My happiness knew no bounds!! I mean it was just my personal collection of photographs, but i did not realise that many ex-students, who aren’t in the same city, state or have probably left the country or haven’t been to school in decades, got a chance to relive the golden days. I don’t know many of the commentators personally, but it feels wonderful to know that i touched them emotionally at some level.

I think i need to fix a photography date with my school again soon. Probably plan to cover the senior section as well this time around:)

Take Care


PS : This is the complete Flickr stream for those interested : St. Peter’s School