Explorations in Street Photography

Aug 22, 2013, 03:58 IST | The Guide Team

Learn the art of street photography from Sanjiv Valsan, a Mumbai-based photographer accompanied by the city's landscape architect, Vaibhavi Agrawal

For the uninitiated, Street Photography is about capturing the life on the street, in all its shapes and forms; striking a balance between animate and inanimate forms. 

If you have a passion for knowing about as well as documenting life, beauty and culture on the street, this course is definitely for you. Various elements of street photography will be explored while the workshop will be interactive, reflective and experiential with a focus on keen observation of the immediate environment.

Sanjiv Valsan is an independent photographer, travel writer and researcher, who has worked on assignments for Outlook Traveller, BBC Good Food, The Times of India, National Geographic Channel, BBC World, and National Institute of Design among others.

Agrawal, on the other hand, is a landscape architect, educator, researcher and co-founder at Ray Design Studio. Combining her passion for architecture and history, she has also been conducting heritage walks in and around Pune to raise awareness about the city’s culture.

Agrawal shares, “In this four-day workshop, facilitators will share and guide the participants in the fundamentals of street photography along with its basic principles and artistic elements in correlation to the subjects being captured with a stress on angles. The workshop is open for those who are aged 16 years and above.”

Further Agrawal informs, “it is open to amateurs and professionals. There will be 15 seats and it will be given on a first-come-firstserve basis. The workshop will be charged at Rs 4,000 that will include an exhibition of the photos clicked in theworkshop.

Refreshments will also be a part of the fees.” Moving back to the topic of the workshop, Agrawal relates, “When we talk about street photos, they have to be shot in natural light or the light available.

Understanding the people and culture of the streets is fundamental when it comes to street photography. Observation of your surroundings is very important while ad libbing is essential to click great photos of the street.”

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