Hey guys hope you have already started enjoying the rains this season. Its time to escape work, fasten your seat belts, pack some tantalizing snack and head for the weekend. Oh yes, don’t forget your camera and the rain gear.
This was my first street shoot in Mumbai with the gang of Mumbai Weekend Shoot the local photography club. It is always a pleasure to meet such a wide spectrum of people enjoying a cool activity on a rainy Sunday morning. Besides, shooting streets happens to be one of my favorite genres of photography. It is only recently that I have started shooting streets in Mumbai. I must say that street photography is more about tactfulness and communication with people than about the f-stops and shutter speeds. I don’t know about other countries, but here in Mumbai, things can go really ugly with photographers shooting strangers on the street. Educated people have a phobia of their pictures being morphed and uploaded in unwanted places, and the common man fears that you are a crime reporter, a cop, or a rich ‘saheb’ making fun of their poverty and helplessness. So you have to make sure you can tackle the crowd and to top it all, may have to grease the petty constable of police too, at the worst.
All said, I was waiting to join the group and shoot with them so that it serves as an ice-breaker for me and I get to know the ground rules at the same time enjoying the safety of the group of friends. Surprisingly, nothing wrong happened. The people are generally good. Most of the time, an eye contact, smile and a nod works well. Don’t get surprised if people actually call you to click their photographs and pose in the middle of the road !
It was fun morning full of colorful flowers, lots of activity, hustle bustle all around. Thankfully it didn’t rain and the sunlight had mercy upon us. Initially the crowd, the activity, the noise, the drizzle, the mud-puddles, your gear becomes quite a lot to manage in one go. But if you stop, relax with a cup of tea by the roadside and observe the surroundings, the activities closely, it becomes easy to absorb the atmosphere and loosen up to shoot. A few warm-up clicks, chat with the local folks, random introductions, and before you would know, you would be changing one Memory card/film roll for the next, and next…..
Welcome to the Dadar Flower Market.
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