Weekly Photo Editing #05: Rajat Dey, India

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In light of the current Covid Crisis and Lockdown across Asia and beyond, I am offering free photo editing once a week for photographers and artists who have a body of work or series of photographs and need/want my help in editing and sequencing. This offer is open to those in Asia and all genres of work. 

Here is Week #05 Edit for Rajat Dey, India, first published on www.instagram.com/kevinwylee.

Hi Rajat,

I thoroughly enjoyed looking at your images and editing them. You have a lot of good material, so it took me a bit longer than usual to work on it. I liked your writing too so paid attention to the text while editing. The following gave me cues – “All our stories used to start after having lunch.” “one day grandfather collapsed badly and suddenly the afternoon stories stopped” and “What if the house leaves its people?”

I saw that you made some choices on pairing and sequencing already. I liked what you did and can see why you made those choices. I would have made similar choices. However, the point of this exercise is to offer you an entirely new edit and perspective to consider. No point in repeating.

So my final sequence cuts your wide edit of 140+ images to 52. The edit shows a loose linear narrative, of a day in the life within a small two-storeyed wooden house, from morning when everyone wakes till lunch when stories are told. Then a hint of grandfather’s misfortune, leading to stories stopping and a mood change at night. This is seen through the playful, hopeful eyes of a young boy, who is always first to wake up and last to sleep.

My personal preference is to experience something that has different notes to it, ups and downs, then up again when it passes.

I filmed the editing your work with much more comments and advice. I will post that up shortly on IGTV and Youtube under my “#LOCKDOWN EDITING” series. Please have a look when it’s up.

Hope this is helpful moving forward. Keep the lunch and stories going.


This effort is part of my “#Lockdown Editing” series, undertaken in #circuitbreaker lockdown in Singapore.

To submit your work for consideration: Send a wide edit of your photos (low res) along with a synopsis/statement to [email protected]. (NOTE: Send once only, don’t spam) I will select one work each week, edit and send back a sequence. Will also share the edited project on my and @invisphotogasia channels. Will do this as long as everyone #stayhome and there is sustained interest in this offer amidst the #covid crisis #lockdown.


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