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Robert Adams believes “No place is boring If you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.” A quote which all passionate photographers live by. A photograph is a moment of time frozen to create a story. Our storyteller today is Photographer Saad Khan.
Saad has personified this very quote through his versatile exhibit containing a versatile array of beautifully framed photographs.
The first photo takes on a trip into the zombie apocalypse-ish landscape which scarily reflects our near future which could become our reality in the blink of an eye. The rate at which the resources are getting exhausted, barren lands may become the new ‘ scenery’ The photograph was taken on an empty road in Saudi Arabia, where even the fuel tank acts as a metaphoric warning to show that when the resources run out, so will our chance of redemption.
This is a man’s world they say, but what if you are a woman stuck in the body of a man? the answer is your entire world will be a living hell. The topic of Homosexuality has always been a taboo in a country like India where drastic measures are taken to “cure” and silence the victims of this “disease”. Saad has showcased the subtlety and purity behind the emotions of every transgender person struggling to establish their identity. The mirror reflects the true person the model is while the blurred background shows glimpses of the exact opposite. The photograph in its entirety showcases the beauty of Human Emotion
The future can be a scary place, one never knows how the next minute would turn out to be let alone the next day, month or year. Each day a million thoughts pass through our minds leaving its impression as wrinkles on our foreheads. The worries of the future, the troubles of the past and the problems of the present or just a simple daydream, the taxi driver captured here invokes curiosity in our minds about what’s running in his. The emotion is pure and the photograph has captured it perfectly.
The photographs below depict the story of one of the worst practices in our world – Child Marriage. Little girls are robbed of their childhood which gets destroyed when their over-aged husband passes away. She is treated worse than a leper, This photograph captured by Saad, shadows this very fate on this new bride will encounter in her future
In this fast paced world where the only religion is internet and the phone is your god, culture tends to die away. This photograph is a candid capture which showcases the perfect balance between work and worship. The western footwear have not overshadowed the emotion the ghungroo hold for the model and this is Saad’s nod towards ethicality
This Wolverine inspired photograph conceptualised by Saad is, in my opinion, a metaphor for the light all of us carry within us, a light that empowers us to be a better human being every step of the way, be it in terms of bravery or courage or simply kindness, the light we hold inside deserves to shine.
“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment,” said Robert Frank,
And this particular photograph captured by Mohit P Raigandhi does exactly that.
No matter how old we grow, however successful we become, our beliefs define us and keep us rooted to the person we truly are. Mohit captured this picture of his uncle during the festival of Diwali as a completely candid shot,
The photograph captures sincerity and respect towards God. Asking for his blessings in complete devotion evokes the realisation that there is no greater power than him. The photograph depicts the worry of prosperity in the future and showcases the vulnerability and anxiety we all face when it comes to thinking about our future. A true Human emotion.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”- Aaron Siskind rightly said,
Emotions, Moments, Memories things which disappear in a split second but when captured stay in the mind forever. Photographer Rythwik Mahesh, a student of JD Institute of Fashion Technology as done exactly this. He has captured a bit of the past to remind us to stay rooted to our heritage, and a bit of the future, a glimpse that lets you experience the beautiful future waiting right around the corner.
The photograph captures the most beautiful emotion in a woman’s life – Motherhood. The young mother in the frame waits for her future, her child who will make her life a bit more beautiful. The mixture of anxiety, curiosity and sheer happiness.
Culture, Heritage, Traditions, the victims of Urbanisation. In today’s world filled with tech-savvy people, traditions and festivals die out. The colour, grandeur and festive mood are replaced by emoticons and forwards. In an attempt to revive the emotion behind festivals and emphasise the importance of conserving our heritage Rythwik has conceptualised these frames
As Greg Andersson says, “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”
This quote reflects the universal journey all of us embark on some or the other point in life. We hesitate to take the first step, but when we do reach the destination, the journey becomes a memorable one.
The Photographer Deepak who started his photo journey from wedding photography, and ventured into fashion photography to simply test his limits believes that each photographer should be a story teller and each photograph should carry a story.
The first photograph talks about Life’s Journey. He has used the metro train as a metaphor to depict the movement of life from one era to another. The train represents a person who is moving towards the next dimension, in a speed as fast as they control, showing that life changes in the blink of an eye.
A woman is as strong as she believes she can be. With this photograph, Deepak has tried to capture the emotion of the woman and believing that her future holds a better, stronger and bolder version of her, contrasting to the current look of vulnerability in her eyes. She is someone who is about to take control of her future and make a lasting impression on everyone who meets her gaze.
“Tradition does not mean to look after the ash, but to keep the flame alive.”- Jean Jaures
The society today follows technical instructions more than cultural traditions, where logic is god and science is the religious script. In the hustle and bustle of the tech savvy world, rituals, festivals and traditions are dying a slow death.
Our Photographer Sharath Nagraj aims to shed light on the importance of tradition in our world today through his photograph.
The picture captures a new born, whose hair is being dried by traditional dhoop, which is tradition in Sharath’s family and has been passed down from generations.
The modern option would be a blowdryer, quicker and faster though it may get the work done but thats the end of it. The traditional method provides variety of benefits for the little one and keep it healthy, the mother’s touch keeps him safe and the slow rocking soothes his mind.
The reason for the emphasis on traditional values in this particular post is, Our future is like a tree whose roots are submerged in the soil of culture. Modern techniques can be used to nourish the tree but the soil is what supports its growth. In the same way, our traditions and cultures keep us grounded. While being technologically advanced is essential but staying rooted to our traditions makes us a better human being.Meet the man behind the lens: Sharath Nagaraj