Capturing real on reel

Capturing real on reel

Numerous photography exhibitions are held in the City every week – some group shows, some solo ones, but, most of them seem to be ‘self-marketing’ strategies and lack the basic meaning of photography.

But the fact is that not everyone can be a photographer or have the keen sense and eye of a lensmen to capture the ‘real’ essence of an object. Giving an opportunity to aspiring photographers to prove themselves in the field, Light Chasers, in association with Canon India, organised IndiaKliks – one of the biggest photography contests for photography enthusiasts.

With the theme, ‘Bliss’, over 5,000-odd entries competed and the best 100 were chosen by a jury of photographers and photo critics from India and abroad.

Vinay Swaroop Balla, who won the second prize for his photograph featuring the traditional bull-racing game in Padang, Indonesia called Pacu Jawi, shared his thoughts with Metrolife.

“This event is organised after the rice harvesting season. And I am really happy that I could manage to capture the ‘realness’ of the game. It is an immense pleasure for me to win a prize in this huge event. I am lucky to meet such big photographers as our mentors.”

India is gradually becoming one of the prime markets for photo enthusiasts. With rapid growth in technology and people’s interest moving towards photography,
digital SLRs are fast becoming a ‘must have’ for today’s generation.

Speaking about this, Jasmindar Oberai, director, Light Chasers and one of the mentors, said, “It is true that nowadays everyone is a photographer. But there is a difference between ‘photographers’ and ‘snap shooters’. And most of the them are ‘snap shooters’, they just want to take pictures and their photographs don’t tell a story. It is important to capture the ‘realness’ of a moment and tell a story through those photographs.”

Another mentor, Ravi Dhingra, said, “There were two steps in terms of mentoring these photographers – taking workshops, reviewing their portfolios and giving them feedbacks, because a lot of average work in going on these days. And only few are experimenting. Good photography is always getting something out of the ordinary, and this is the art of observation.”

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