Last Saturday night I and my photographer friend decided to tour our city, and capture various photos in his father’s SLR.
Well at first I was very excited about it, as I have never worked with a SLR. When he told me about the limitations of working with an SLR, that it had only one reel and we could take maximum of only 24 photos and once after a picture was clicked we had to develop it to find out how good it really was. I was pretty amazed how would we be able to capture so much. Also the fact that once a photo, if clicked cannot be deleted, hence only 24 shots. No retake. No control over environment. One click. One moment. One single shot. That’s it.
We decided to meet early in the morning so as to attain adequate exposure and climate.
Next morning we both failed to turn up. Hence we had to delay our meet and reschedule our event.
We decided to meet at 2:00 in the afternoon, bright sun and worked in daylight.
Obviously we could manually change our Camera settings and yes we did too but we also knew if we would have met early today we could outperform.
But then, what’s done is done. And we didn’t knew what the later part of the day had for us.
We wandered in and around the city, and then later we decided to enter this local park named ‘Agrasen Bhavan Garden’ with remaining only 8 parts in reel.
We were on ’17/24′.
On just the right hand corner of the main entrance was the play area. Now at this odd time of the day, there were not much people only a few couples. In the play area we found number of children coming from a nearby ‘Basti’ or Slums playing.
We enthusiastically moved to the core and started to set the frame, now that we had camera every child in the garden coming from the narrow streets of their basti, in which their parents, coming from distinct work and life culture had settled knew who we were.
We didn’t knew that we worked for a TV channel until a child told to the other, and that child to all the others.
‘Bhaiya meri fotu loan na’,
‘giggles giggles’ ,
‘Idhar bhi ek’
Such phrases started coming from all sides and then suddenly we had around fifty children posing when I and my friend looked at each other and said, “Oh god!”
I took out my phone and started clicking their photos, though they posed for it, they still wanted to be captured in the lens of a Camera.
Untill that they didn’t settled and kept on calling us. We started to take their pictures and in just a few minutes my friend shouted and pulled up the back side of the camera to indicate the remaining shots.
I took that one last photo. I don’t remember what I did. I just clicked. That’s it.
Children would randomly come and ask us to show them their photos, but we couldn’t show them any as that neither we could see.
We couldn’t explain them about SLR so we gently put it,
“Photos banne mein jayengay, phir dikhaunga”
“Photos need to be developed first, then later. . .”
While leaving the garden, every child had their eye on us. On the gate when I reached our vehicle, a small girl with flowing nose came near my bike and kept a flower on it.
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Hope you have a fantastic 2019!
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