Snapshots from life


Learning: The participants listening to Avinash Pasricha.

The event was lively and interactive with the renowned photographer speaking on the different aspects of photography.

Avinash, who has been capturing the performing arts for five decades, felt it is very difficult to click photographs of dance events.  “As the dancers change their position quickly, it is very difficult to capture a particular moment. Therefore, a photographer should always be alert to capture the action on stage. Meanwhile, one has to satisfy his inner urge and live up to the expectations of the dancers as well,” said Avinash, who has made audio-visuals on Indian dance forms and renowned musicians like Bade Ghulam Ali Khan, Begum Akhtar and Kumar Gandharva.

“Photography is all about having fun. I started photography just to have fun. By clicking humanitarian pictures, I developed a feeling of empathy for the others. Through my hobby, I developed a candid approach to people and real-life situations,” he said.

Avinash also confessed that he is a bad street photographer and can’t take negative or pessimistic pictures.

“Photographers need to grow by improving their abilities and doing things differently. A photographer has to develop his own way of looking into things and thinking,” he felt. 

‘In Praise of Photography’, a collection of his famous photographs, was also shown on the occasion.

It consisted of a whole range of photographs — personalities, fashion, developmental projects, institutions, industry, power, irrigation and agriculture to name a few.

During the second half of the session, he commented on the photographs taken by the participants. He guided and encouraged them with his remarks. Shamanth Patil, one of the participants, felt that the workshop was useful.

“The workshop was pretty good. It was an insightful experience to interact with the legendary photographer and listen to his experiences. I have been practising photography for six and half years and as a professional, I liked his photographs. I had learnt from T S Satyan about humanitarian pictures. While hearing about Avinash’s analog camera experiences, I relived my photography classes with T S Satyan,” he said.
He further added, “Some of the participants had come with the expectation that he will teach the basics of photography. But it was a delightful experience for a professional like me.”

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