These days, most people enjoy taking photographs of anything that catches their eye. And for many, their mobile phones are their camera. Why not? With the new age phones, the high end camera lenses and various filters readily available, it is only expected for people to take them as fish do to water. Avanti, a Financial consultant in the bustling city of Mumbai shares a few photographs she had taken on her Nexus of the beautiful landscapes and views that the city has to offer.
There are times when we are busy with our lives that we fail to notice the people and things that pass through our journey. First in the series of sharing moments from day to day life, we bring to you Kolkata based Sukanto Mukherjee‘s snapshots. An avid photographer, he has managed to capture such simple moments and share them with us.
Walking on the road, taking shots of people along the street is one way of capturing the myriad of life in a town. This picture was shot on a small traffic intersection in Kolkata. The man in the frame seems to be one of the self-appointed ‘traffic guards’ of the city – something very common here that predates the likes of citizen activism and civic police. Irrespective of the fact whether the vehicles obey his instructions or not, he seems to be holding his own, with the cap and sunglasses making him stand out literally. Maybe very few know where he is from or what really drives him to do such a thing on a summer afternoon. But one thing is clear: he clearly does not seem to care. The reason why I shot this in black and white is that Kolkata is a city which in many aspects seems merrily stuck in the past. Adding a bit of charm to the man, the photograph speaks quite the tale.
Life in Kolkata is quite predictable. You will find a lot of people relaxing on a balmy weekend evening at one of the watering holes in Kolkata. I took this shot at one of the more popular places in the city. As is typical with Bengalis, no conversation is complete without a few puffs, and the old world steel ashtrays complete the picture. As some of us were pondering over world-changing issues, a friend put his cigarette on the ashtray, and it made for a perfect frame with the beer bottles in the background. Again, the black and white matched the nature of such discussions – which tend to colour views in either black or white.