#UnFair

We like to believe that one should have the freedom to be comfortable in one’s own skin.

In an ideal world – colour, faith, creed, genitalia would be irrelevant.

However, the world is anything but ideal.

This begs the question – How do we do it in such a whitewashed world?

 

The team of The Indian Artist decided to string together a couple of real narratives and experiences in a minimalistic form, to expose how #UNfair and insidious, discrimination, on the basis of the colour of the skin, is.

 

Here are some excerpts:

 

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Back in 2004, I was backstage with the makeup man and his assistant.

He looked at me, and turned towards the lady who had just painted my lips : “Or mukhe arektu foundation lagiye tarpor makeup koro. Ondhokar toh dekhai jachhena.” (Apply more foundation on her face before putting makeup. You can’t even see her in the dark.)

That was the last time I stayed backstage for makeup.

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“Do you have gold jewellery?”

“What about this?”

She thought the silver looked like poison against her tanned skin.

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My mother instructed me to avoid clothes which didn’t complement and compliment by dusky complexion.

I gritted my teeth.

I brought a bright yellow kurta, the next morning.

 

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The film emulsions stocks were primitive.

Her brown face looked strange on print. She was replaced with a more suitable model.

The stocks were changed when a furniture company complained.

Apparently, they couldn’t advertise their brown sofas on print.

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“…Specify the age and height, educational and work requirements too. He shouldn’t be a divorcee. Tall, fair groom needed.”

Curled brown fingers put the receiver down.

Do share your thoughts and experiences with us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Light And Shadow

23 October

After almost 6 months, Koustav Da and I were free on the same day and we decided to finally do the Photo Walk which was long pending. Sadly Riza could not join because she had some work.. I missed her. Hemanta Dutta , a friend of Koustav Da was also there.

I had set my mind to learn a few things for this shoot. Firstly i wanted to see how Koustav Da looks at things and tries to frame a composition. For this shoot I decided to work with light and shadow.

My 5 Picks are :

The very first picture that I would like to put up is when he asked me to click blank shots  and try to use the sunlight to make a difference in the picture.

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Though this picture has a story of its own but the sunlight does make a difference.


I have never been to Kumartuli so Koustav Da agreed on going there. On our way I tried to find a lot of composition but the theme of light and shadow struck me and I wanted to write another blog , so I decided to stick to the plan.

The next picture took me a few tries to wait for subjects to appear in all three spaces and this is the best that I got. It will be easier to understand once you look at the picture. Koustav the pointed out a triangle in the picture and that certainly made the picture interestingimg_9273


The three heads form the triangle.


The following picture is interesting because of its colours. It has a warm colour as well as a contrasting cold one. I wish I would have got the silhouette of the persons fingers as well, that would have been more dynamic.

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Correctly noticed, this image has a triangle of its own.


The next image was a bit difficult to take as I was a bit short for it. I was trying to balance on my toes in order to get the proper desired frame. Seeing this Koustav Da offered to lift me up and recommended that I should join a Ballet Class. I lost my balance, laughing hard and then said “Things we do for Photography!” ( GOT reference ) But later I managed to get the shot on my toes.

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Can you spot the Ganesha?


After this we went to Kumartuli Ghat. The wind was so amazing. We tried to get good shots of birds flying in flocks but the lighting wasn’t that good and also we couldn’t frame it well. This is the last picture which I took when we came back to Kumartuli to experience the night life there, and trust me it’s so beautiful, one shouldn’t miss it.

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This shot was interrupted by so many people who had to walk down this lane.


Apart from photography

We had cold drinks before starting the walk even though Koustav Da had a cold, by the way it was his idea. Also we clicked selfies at the ghat. Perks of being out with him is getting amazing pictures and of course I got mine. Before returning we had Phuchkas, it turned out to so spicy that I had to buy a Cadbury Dairy Milk. All in all it was a great day.

North East India

May 2015, A family trip to the beautiful states of the North East India, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya. This was much needed after my semester exams got over.

Out of the 5 pictures that I have put up here, one of them ( first one ) is taken by my phone, and the rest by my advanced point and shoot camera.

My 5 picks from this trip would be

1.I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.
~Evel Knievel

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2. There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
~Lord Byron
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3. When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.
~Sophia Loren

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4. With the qualities of cleanliness, affection, patience, dignity, and courage that cats have, how many of us, I ask you, would be capable of becoming cats?
~ Fernand Mery

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5. A ccaterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly.
~Andre Gide

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Apart from photography, got to visit brilliant places. Our first stop was at Shillong from where we went to Don Bosco Centre for Indigenous Cultures, Elephant Falls, Shillong View Point, Mawjymbuin Cave and All Saints Church . The best place would be no doubt Dirang.  It is one of the halts which falls on the way to Tawang. Due to heavy snow we could not visit the Madhuri lake. Nevertheless it was a good trip. The 3rd photograph is my favorite. I was really fond of Jaswant Garh , given that I was very actively  involved with NCC. We had a pretty rough time with the drivers who took us to Tawang. The ride back to Guwahati was a complete nightmare. The next morning my parents and grandparents went to visit the Kamakhya Temple  but me and my brother, we chose to sleep till noon. later in the evening we visited the Regional Science Centre and Basistha Ashram Temple and Sukreswar Temple. Then it was time to come back home.

 

Cheers!

Friendly Photo Walk

13 March at 7:50– 12:00 , Friendly Photo Walk was hosted by Kolkata Bloggers and The Indian Artist

THE COLLABORATORS WERE-
Fotojajs, Kolkata Bloggers, The Indian Artist, Cam2OPhotowalkers, IziFizo, Kolkata Instagrammers,  came together to discuss Photography.

My 5 picks from this photo walk would be

1. Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
~Confucius

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2.Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.
~Paramahansa Yogananda

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3.Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.
~B. R. Ambedkar

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4.I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.
~Maya Angelou

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5.So I say to you, Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.
~Jesus Christ

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Apart from photography, got to meet a lot of new people, specially Aurghyadip. Spend some quality time with Anirban Da, Koustav Da and Rimbik. Thank you Riza for joining the Photo-walk. I had a great time.

Cheers!