Photography has many genres associated with it. Every aspiring photographer has always tried his/her hand at street photography. But what is the secret behind taking a good photograph? Because clearly it’s not as easy as it sounds! Every budding photographer will tell you that a truly good street photographer tells a story. How does one manage to get there and become a visual story teller? Is there a written secret rule book that everyone should abide by?
Canvera put us in touch with a few street photographers to answer this question. Their answers varied. They also shared with us some of their best captures and the stories behind it. Take a look.
This was taken at the Pushkar desert, Pushkar, Rajasthan. “In the Pushkar cattle fair, each cattle herder either comes to sell or buy new cattle for themselves, and I was lucky to be a part of this event. I saw how the herders are emotionally attached to their camels, but still have to sell them to feed their own family and get a better future for their families. In the frame is such a story,” adds Zurich.
This was taken at Pushkar desert, Pushkar, Rajasthan The image depicts a portrait of a Rajasthani gypsy. The Great Indian Thar desert is a vast arid land. There are many nomadic tribes who keep moving about the desert, braving the extreme heat and the harsh chill of the desert, but they love it as they call it home.
“This photograph shows a bangle seller’s family,” says Kumawat. India has many interesting things on display at fairs. This image was taken in a fair market in the city of Jaipur, and the picture depicts the beautiful relationship in the family. While the mother was busy selling bangles, the father took the bowl of rice and fed the child with patience and love. This made for a lovely capture because of the love and understanding the family shared.
This photograph was taken at the Ellora caves, Maharashtra. It shows how people of different ages, think differently. “The little girl, the mother and the grand mother all lost in thought, yet are bound together in admiration of the beauty of the Elloras,” says Kumawat.
“Monasteries in Ladakh region have been imparting knowledge and wisdom since centuries. Monks in these monasteries are the bearers of rich thinking. As per their tradition one child from each family embraces Monkhood and spreads the message of peace and harmony,” says Meghani. He also found this little monk in one such Monastery. “I wanted to try and capture the innocence on the face of this monk. It is so amazing that seeds of righteousness are sown in him at such a young age. And the world needs that more than anything else,” adds Meghani.
“This photograph was shot at Dubrovnik, Croatia,” says Meghani, further adding, “These countries are known for their impromptu street performers. This lot were playing the title soundtrack of the famousGame of Thrones series, which has also been extensively shot in this city.”
The eyes of this little boy says it all. This was shot at a traffic signal in Mumbai. There are millions of children who roam the streets of Mumbai, begging or looking for work, trying to make ends meet for their families.
The followers of ISKCON take to the streets of Prague singing and dancing. “These followers were passing through the busy streets chanting Hare Rama, Hare Krishna in a very peppy and refreshing tune – putting a smile on the faces of onlookers,” adds Meghani. What can be a more perfect reason that this to capture the moment?
Indian carnivals are a fan fare of colour, beauty and in-depth culture. This photograph depicts a man trading at a fair. The colourful hangings around him and the turban he wears brings life and colour to this photograph.
Sombre eyes greet you as you look at this photograph. A lady with her head covered is a very common sight in these parts of India. The bindi and the huge nose ring are also part of their daily accessories. The origin of the bindi starts way back in the ancient times, but it has lost its significance in modern times, and is mostly worn all over the world as an accessory.
“This photograph was taken in France,” says Solanki. Artists from all over display their art work on the streets during a particular time each year. Solanki says that this lovely lady was browsing through the collections, when he chanced upon her and clicked this photo.
Rajasthan is full of colour and quirkiness. This photograph shows an old man with a colourful turban, that stands out in the darb surroundings. The Pagri or turban is an essential part of the tradition and culture in Rajasthan.
This photograph was taken in a village called Fagu, in West Bengal. Smiling faces of two children peer out from the windows of a home in Fagu. The children look happy and content with their minimalist surroundings.
An old Muslim gentleman sits down to read his Quran near the doorway of a mosque, in Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh. The photographer with his keen lens captured him deep in prayer. The stone grey pillars around him make an excellent backdrop!
This photograph was taken in New Delhi. We love the composition of the photograph and the wise old man. His ancient eyes hold stories of troubles untold. The photographer has a penchant to capture photographs that can speak for themselves.
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