“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
― Dorothea Lange
Thanks to the ubiquitous nature of smart-phones, everyone’s got the photography bug these days! Cameras pervade every corner of our lives and you’d be hard-pressed to remember a time when everyone wasn’t a selfie-clicking shutter-bug. But photography goes far beyond simply clicking a picture of what we eat or who we are out with.
Photography is now not only a viable career option but also an art form that can open up limitless creative possibilities for almost no expense. In the spirit of opening up these avenues for young leaders, Kanakia Art Foundation held a photography competition last week and provided an opportunity for Avasara girls to participate in a photography tour all over Mumbai. The students of Avasara Leadership Programme and Magic Bus were photographers for a day!
The day started with everyone assembling at Juhu Chaupati and starting the ride on a double-decker open-roof bus on a cloudy day. Every student was given a Nikon digital camera to capture the different aspects of this kaleidoscopic city. The moment the students got the camera, they couldn’t wait to go on the top of the bus to click photographs – even the weather could not stop them! From Juhu, we travelled to Marine drive via the Bandra Sea Link, where the high tides and the rain fascinated everybody. At Marine Drive, the students got a chance to meet the celebrity photographer – Atul Kasbekar, who shared with them expert tips and tricks on photography. Our super-enthusiastic students took pictures under his guidance and learnt many fascinating lessons in photography, while clearly having his love for photography rub off on them.
From Marine Drive, we headed towards Jahangir Art Gallery, and then walked till the Gateway of India. Here, we spent some time taking pictures independently, using the knowledge we had just acquired. This was the last destination, and the girls, on an average, had taken almost 150 photographs each! The students submitted their photographs for the competition and to their surprise, they got to keep the cameras so that they could continue exploring their photography skills! The results of the competition are still awaiting, but more important than that – this experience pushed our students to think beyond the conventional jobs that they could opt for in the future. Along with this, they were pushed to find beauty at places where they could never have imagined.