National Institute of Photography is conducting its annual photography exhibition at NCPA, Mumbai and I feel proud & honored to tell you’ll that two of my photographs have been selected for the exhibition showcase. It feels really wonderful to see my hard work being paid off & to see it traveling distances, reaching the masses & inspiring them. This is the first ever exhibition in which my work is being showcased and I would like to thank my family, friends(real & virtual) & my well-wishers for always being with me. You have always been a great support system & have inspired me to work hard to excel.
You can drop into NCPA anytime from 16th – 21st August 2011 to check my work. The gates open today at 12 noon. Hope you like my work & recommend it to others. I would be visiting NCPA on Friday or Saturday & if you’re lucky you may catch me there. :)
Directions to NCPA, Mumbai
“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.
Finally, Mumbai has experienced some respite from the sweltering heat. Contrary to predictions of MET, the rain has arrived early & cooled down the city. It was a great welcome as most mumbaiikars were caught unawares & didn’t expected any rain today as the weather for most part of day was hot & humid. Suddenly, as sunset came close the entire sky got engulfed with thick grey clouds. It was then just a matter of time, as heavy rains preceded for the coming one & half hours.
I was enjoying the strong breeze from my apartment’s gallery ready with my camera & as it started to rain heavily, I went out with my sister to capture the first rain on my camera. It was a great experience. It made me realize why I love this wonderful season of monsoon so much each time. It has made me fall in love once again with Photography. Further it has strengthened my belief that one should not always run to get good photographs but relax for a moment, put your camera down & appreciate the beauty of the nature around. Enjoy the monsoon folks. :)