The year that was…Beginning of Happy Camera Club and other 2011 updates
2011 has been kind of quite important and will always be remembered for an initiative I started. The year started with a bang and a couple of assignments came in the way. Personally I loved the project that involved taking the longest non stop train ride in India : Himsagar express from Jammu to Kanyakumari. It was a first of its kind for me and for Francisca with whom I teamed up for this project.
In fact this year had been a series of firsts for me.
It was the first time I started an initiative called Happy Camera Club
What started as a project that was more of a self challenge has slowly survived over the year . In doing so, in a way or other it has involved a fair number of individuals who now share the same sentiments and have participated in this effort
Starting March 2011 I, decided to take up first photography workshop for the differently abled students in Bangalore. We love Bangalore, and did n’t want to end the workshop there. I got pretty much involved with it and the first workshop was followed by another .Till date we have done three workshops each lasting around month and half , and did exhibitions around it.
In between though I was a part of another photography workshop , a bit different , dispatches, conducted by Gary Knight and Philip Blenkinsop. The week plus long workshop in heart of Rajasthan never fails to disappoint and leaves one with great bunch of friends and memories to cherish.
Gary and Phil at work in Jaipur
The photography workshops continued to happen and I also finished up closing long pending jobs that always were left behind. Hence long pending work on website started and it took nearly two months to complete it. Now I am kind of satisfied with the end result. But at beginning I had to update my portfolio, rewrite captions ,check up old journals and read a lot of how to build an effective website and design one. I was more interested in sorting things at my end than anything else. One of these days I shall write about my preparation for becoming a photographer . There are so many things one must work upon to live the life as a freelance photojournalist in India or elsewhere.
I did n’t apply anywhere in 2011 barring a couple of places and I followed this suit since 2010 onwards. Photography awards, deadlines and competitions were taking unnecessary toll and too much time which I did n’t like much. So balance is the name of the game. Starting 2012 I will attempt to be a lot more streamlined , determining where I want to apply, trips that I want to do and projects I want to finish. Also its very important for me to upgrade my skills and finding more ways to reach out as well. So hopefully there shall me many more collaborations too.
I wish you all the best of year and days to come…