I was given the opportunity to photograph the staff and students here by a friend of mine, Tom Holloway. Tom lives in India and works extensively in humanitarian causes. Thanks also to Ghouse for getting me there.
“Education breeds confidence, confidence breeds hope, hope breeds peace” Confucius
In India recently with only my mirrorless Fujifilm x100, I’ve been really enjoying the simplicity of the single f.2 /23mm focal length available with this camera (35mm approx ‘Full Frame’ equivalent)
Ive often heard photographers talk of the joy of actually losing an entire range of focal lengths, in the form of a zoom lens. Apart from the odd occasion where a wider lens or even a telephoto would have been useful, I was almost entirely content to shoot like this.
I’ve used DLSRs that have the edge on this little camera here and there, but really and especially far from home, I can’t see how I’ll ever look back,
With a good six hours stopover recently at Mumbai, through the middle of the night, I had little else to do but wander around the domestic departures lounge, eat an Aloo Paratha and take a few pictures. I noticed an extremely famous Hindi Cinema playback singer, Asha Bhosle. In a pretty much deserted lounge and missing home already, I thought I’d get a few snaps of this Indian legend!
I’ve not posted on my WordPress Blog for nearly six months now, life has a funny habit of throwing lots at you at once. During that time, I have sold any cameras and lenses that I owned and lost my interest in my photography. By a stroke of good fortune, I had to make a trip back to the city of Hyderabad this month. Having no camera at all, and very short of money, I bought a used 6/7 year old Fujifilm X100 for £370. Really, what I didn’t know was that this used and older Fujifilm camera and an unplanned trip, would bring me back to the photography that I love. Now that I’m back, Im looking forward to catching up with my friends from around the world.
With a very small window of time to get to meet the staff and students at K.A.R.E and extremely low light, I had to move fast to get any pictures at all here. For anyone interested, i was shooting at iso values between 2500 and 4000, with a first generation Fujifilm x100. This was to get shutter speeds of between 1/40th and 1/60th sec with a wide open aperture of f2. Some were even as slow as 1/15th. I’m continually impressed with Fujifilms mirrorless cameras since I stopped using DSLRs.
The light was a lot lower than it looks here, but I chose subjects as close to windows as possible to make the most of the daylight outside. This wasn’t such a bad thing, as I really like window light which is beautiful and which suits my style of photography.
Ultimately, whatever I got in terms of photographs was less important than being able to meet some remarkable people who gave me their time and patience, told me about themselves, laughed with me and made me feel welcome. Thank you..
Walking past a small workshop in the dusty streets of Kukatpally, India, I stopped to talk to Savitha, who invited me to take a look around her family business. With the festival of Krishnashtami days away, work was in full swing. Despite my obvious love of black and white photography, this set could only be in colour!
Playing in the street after dark in the dusty streets of Andhra Pradesh, these kids reminded me of moths around a candle, running around and around in circles under a street light. This was shot from the rooftop of my friend Priyanka’s house. A few of us were sitting up there after working all day and having watched the sunset and enjoyed a cup of chai. Relaxing times.
Testing out a new lens this week at the V&A Museum in London and found the holy grail of lighting via these big windows overlooking a courtyard. I have been talking to a trans-Atlantic friend about the subject of candid photography like this (Hi, J.H!) and how acceptable it is to make photos in public with unaware subjects. These are all shot from about 5 metres away with a short telephoto prime lens. What do you think about this? Is it ok… or is it intrusive? I’m not sure if I’m honest.
Through some constant hassling of a few friends mine, I have been fortunate to get myself invited to Nepal (via North India) to photograph a worthy project and also one in Amritsar too. I’m intending to make more time to work like this and an actual website, as opposed to a blog, is going to be useful, if not essential.
I used Square Space to make it and I hope it’s turned out quite well. Hopefully, easy to navigate, clean looking and not too cluttered.
There is even an “obligatory photographer selfie” on the about page!