Conquering the Streets of Mumbai
So I started taking photography seriously about 5 years ago and was obviously drawn to the convenience of digital technology. I have to say that digital cameras are a good way to learn and understand exposure and composition since you can see what you shoot instantly and can correct and learn from your mistakes in real time. However over time I found myself getting bored. I was beginning to shoot like a robot with a machine gun…fire a thousand shots and you are bound to get a few hits right?
I found myself shooting a lot more but with not too much thought and effort – I was taking images rather than making them and my photography was suffering as a result. My images were repetitive and run-of-the-mill. It reached a stage when I would go out and shoot and then not be bothered to download my images for months since I already pretty much knew what I had shot. Maybe all I needed was a break:-)
Anyway this is when I stayed in more and started browsing other photographers street work on the net. I discovered that I loved the work of several photographers who still shot b&w film. It was not just the quality and tonality of these images but something that went beyond – they had soul. I knew it was time to tread backwards against the flow of technological progress, and try my hand at film.
So here are some of my work made on the streets of India (mainly Mumbai). My film work is still not up to the mark but hopefully it will get there. The excitement of shooting film and not knowing what you have captured till you develop it is so exciting…I am addicted. And most significantly, I have fallen in love with photography all over again!
Photographer: Kaushal Parikh
Camera: Leica M6 and Panasonic Lumix LX3
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