Photo By Arindam Thokder
Report by Jyothi Vaidyanathan
After my first outing with the group at Jayanagar market, this was the second time I was thinking of joining for the shoot as I had a lot of personal and official commitments. I was really excited and enthu levels were up from Saturday night onwards. I put the battery for charging and checked whether the card is in place on Saturday itself. (It so happened that twice I ran into problem, once I had forgot the battery and the very next time had forgot to take the CF card. So learning from my mistakes, I do double check for battery and CF card when ever I take my camera out these days :- )
Sunday morning I woke up early and was slightly confused whether the timing was at 7.00 or 8.00 am. Any way, I decided to leave home early and parked my scooter reached of St Mary’s Basilica at around 7.15am. Since I didn’t see anyone around in front of the market, thought of calling up Peevee and check what is the official time for the shot which he confirmed as 8.00am. So I decided to wait till everyone turns up and based on the tip from Peeveee decided to check out St Mary’s Basilica. I had the intention of taking few snaps inside the church but as the Sunday mass was in progress, some how I really didn’t feel like clicking. So I just sat down in one of the benches there and did some introspection and soul searching…
By 7.45 am I decided to check whether anyone has turned up at the official meeting point and bumped into Peevee who had just reached there. Slowly people started turning up including some new faces. Had a chance to meet lot of people – Lighttripper, Danny, Redbull etc, names which I have seen only in the discussion threads. Then we started exploring the vegetable market, exploring the side lanes too. Meanwhile we were bumping into more and more people especially Vivek and Lavanya who turned up for the shoot after a long time. Also got a chance to meet the privileged few Panasonic guys of the group, Janvi and Siddharta and there were lot of discussions centered on their Panasonic cameras. 🙂
We also had the chance to meet the “Padayappa” of Russel Market. This guy was really curious as to what we were doing, from which newspaper we are coming from etc. He even went to the extent of showing us a bright yellow capsicum and asked us to take pictures of it. He explained to us that his friends affectionately call him Padayappa though his real name was Selvam. I think the best part of our shoots is such wonderful moments where we get to meet people like this; though life treats them really hard their innocence and open mindness is really amazing.
Padayappa of Russel Market with fellow shutterbugs in the background 🙂
We later on explored the fish and meat market on the back side of the market. You could have also seen the earnestness with which redbull was trying pose infront of the line of meat (as if it was a flower bed 🙂 ) that was hanging in the meat market. By the time we had covered that area, it was time breakfast time as everyone were already too hungry. So everyone proceeded to Janatha Hotel. Since there were about 20 people, we occupied about half of the first floor. A lot of discussions were happening over breakfast in all the 3 tables. In my table, Lavanya was sharing her experience on the 3-4 foreigners who stayed at their house as part of the couchsurfing network (please correct me if I got the name wrong). Janvi on the other hand was sharing her experiences of working with a NGO group, her stay in Delhi for the past 2 weeks for shooting a documentary film for a friend of hers. For me, it was a wonderful experience… getting to know different perspective of life; a very welcome break from the usual techie environment.
After finishing the breakfast everyone said bye to each until the next shoot. As far as I was concerned, I had such a good time on Sunday. Even though we were debating as to whether 20 were too much a crowd or not due to various reasons like it takes a long time for introductions or some fellow shutterbug always ending up behind your shot, it was a really wonderful experience as far as I am concerned. Lots of learning and lots of fun… Thanks to Vinayak for calling for this shoot, it was a wonderful experience.
3. Dr Vivek M
6. Pratik Debbarma
9. Zach Studio – Dennis Zach.
14. Arindam Thokder
16. jyothi vaidyanathan
I’m really sorry, I’m sure that I have missed out people in this list ( as it was a big group i couldn’t even meet everyone). So please let me know.
As we were leaving Janvi was mentioning about a scrap market in front of Russel Market and out of curiosity few of us (peevee, redbull etc) ventured to explore the place. It turned out to be a nice experience. Highlight of that shoot was this kid who was jumping around with excitement on seeing us taking pictures. Janvi had taken taken a snap of his and he was pretty excited to see his photo in her camera. Here is that shot:
Finally, we said bye each other and I am already looking forward to the next shoot. Apologies if it it has become an unusually long report; its all because of my own excitement 🙂