“Shoot in Aperture Priority at f/8.0″ – This is the advice which most budding photo journalist receive during some stage of their career. Sure its a sound advise but its not a complete advise. Photojournalism requires much more.
Today in evening, I happened to be at the bomb blast zone near Kabootar Khana in Dadar(w). As always, I had the camera with me. The decision to visit the blast zone was an instinctive out of curiosity. Once I reached the spot, I realized the gravity of the situation. People running, traffic jams, crowding, rumors flying such was the state of the area.
I was with a friend & we both were on phone communicating the incident back home. I was shaken by the sight & felt a pang of danger in air. While I was there, I wanted to shoot some photos but decided not to & left the area with a brief video footage. Primary reason being I was a bit shaken and secondly my friend & family asked me to return home quickly. This incident has increased my respect for photojournalists manifold times. These guys seriously risk their life to bring the news as fast as possible for general public. It needs a heart of steel & guts of a soldier. In fact, these photo journalists(there are war photographers too) are no smaller than war soldiers.
I don’t aspire to become a photojournalist. Not because I’m scared by such incidents but since I’m not much fond of this genre. It requires a lot on part of photographers & only those who possess it will be successful. Seriously, Photojournalism is not a piece of cake as most make it. Hats off to all photojournalists.