Who doesn’t likes surprises? Recently, I was in for a surprise when a Feature Writer from Better Photography magazine messaged me. It was for acquiring permission to publish my one of my photograph in their upcoming issue.
Naturally, who the hell would decline such a lucrative offer considering such a reputed magazine approaches on its own. Its a big honour for me as I never dreamt about such a thing so early in my photography career. The excitement here is much bigger than when a photograph you send for critique or for other purpose gets published. I sent the photograph & here it is published in the Better Photography August 2011 issue.(If you’ve the magazine, checkout page no.53 of BP August 2011 issue)
It feels highly motivated & the self-confidence sky rockets even more considering I’m able to produce great photographs with my limited equipment. Only I know how much efforts were gone into making this particular shot. It feels just awesome considering my photographs have never been published in any photography magazine. It was a good move from the Better Photography team & I hope they continue to showcase good work of other less renowned/small/non-professional photographers. This will not only boost their confidence but also help them gain some exposure. Now my next goal would be to get published again, again & yet again!
Every photographer definitely has or will encounter resistance from the protectors of law and order once during his lifetime. I’ve been caught number of times too. I wonder at times, why do they suspect only the innocent photographers?
As a photographer, we always try to strive for perfection – ‘The Decisive Moment’. For that we need the perfect angle for the stellar composition. We need to position ourselves in crowded markets,on busy streets & almost anywhere as a great photograph knows no location. While doing our job most of us take care as not to invade in private space, place which is a probable target for terrorist. We even oblige to follow the rules & not shoot in areas where photography is prohibited. Particularly if you’re photographing in India you might be familiar with the bribe policy of cops. You want to take a photo? Alright, stuff the wallet of the cop with cash & he will let you do your work without any further interference. Rich photographers will not mind doing it but for someone like me who doesn’t earns as of yet will surely have no option but to packup & leave the place.
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.
The results of Epson Foto Flock World Cup Clickit contest just came out & I’m pleased to tell you’ll that I won a runner-up award in photo competition. Offcourse, I’m happy but not on the moon as I feel its time I squeeze out every bit of myself & aim to get into top tier if not at the apex position of any photo contest.
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