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In focus: Bandra's Bazar Road, framed!

What: Sign up for an Ethnographic Photography workshop that will be conducted by independent photographer, Sanjiv Valsan starting this Friday. Learn to click maddening moments of Bandra’s Bazar Road in poignant frames as the photographer will train you to get the perfect clicks. Organised in collaboration with Collage Collective, a city-based initiative for artists, the workshop will focus on this buzzing locality that is brimming with myriad personalities making them effective subjects.

Valsan has clicked these images to gauge the vibe of  this buzzing street in Bandra
Valsan has clicked these images to gauge the vibe of this buzzing street in Bandra

How: Valsan, who has dabbled with street photography in heritage areas of Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, shares that, “The ‘bazaar culture’ and heritage areas in general are under threat, and most of us don’t know what we are losing, since we are unaware of these disappearing communities and cultures.”  With communities that mark the road as their centuries-old abode, he hopes that photography enthusiasts will notice, “East Indians, Muslims, Jains, Maharashtrians and other communities, who live together in beautiful, old cottages in by lanes, while maintaining their quaint and distinct cultures.”  

In this moment, depth has been played well while capturing a moment
In this moment, depth has been played well while capturing a moment

Here, motion and stillness are contrasted well. This was clicked while Valsan was doing a recce of the Bazar Road.
Here, motion and stillness are contrasted well. This was clicked while Valsan was doing a recce of the Bazar Road. 

Bazar Road is filled with quaint edifices such as this.
Bazar Road is filled with quaint edifices such as this. Pics Courtesy/Sanjiv Valsan

The workshop will focus on lighting and timing in terms of environmental portraiture
The workshop will focus on lighting and timing in terms of environmental portraiture

Where: Valsan divulges that the basic tenets of environmental portraiture are “developing a sharp sense of observation and empathy, along with a firm technical understanding of light, camera controls and fundamentals.” With this in mind, Valsan will aid advanced learners and beginners in various skills including communication, judgement and timing.

From: October 24 to November 2
At: The Collage Collective Studio 301, White House Building, Bazar Road, Bandra (W).
Call: 961990680 (Anthony)/ 9975708315 (Gaurang)
Email: collagecollectivestudio@gmail.com
Cost '6,000

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