Kite festival – Stories

Our first story of this year 2018 began with the international kite festival and Makar Sankranti in Ahmedabad. Uttrayan / Makar Sankranti festival marks the end of the winter and welcomes the upcoming summer with the celebration of the kite festival.

The significant element in the festive apart from the kites is our Manjha [thread coated with the powdered glass]. The preparation of Manjha happens a month earlier all around the streets of the city, and it’s an extensive process to achieve the colour and quality.

Making the Manjha

Soon, the Manjha is winded up on the spools and each colour in earlier times used to represent the community it seems. But, now the colours are just a choice.

 

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On the day of Uttrayan went to the old city part of Ahmedabad to capture the happenings of the kite festival. The whole city was on the terrace, and these people managed to have their roofs as the terrace.

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The sale of kites was still going on even on the day of Uttrayan. Because apart from kite flying its kite fighting too. The pro in flying kites demonstrated us targeting other kites and taught some of the tricks to knock other kites. While our beginner and small amateur boy was denied having the Manjha thread and had only the kites.

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Pro in Kite flying

The Amature - Kite flier

 

Kite festival has balloons too, and we are delighted to celebrate it with the happy father and small kids. While the elder ones are flying and fighting with the kites, the flying balloons would engage the kids during the fest.

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After all the celebration the Makar Sankaranti ended with the house party. This is our story on this particular occasion, and we would like to hear your celebration stories and get featured with us.

Thoughts and stories of our 7 days of BW Challenge

A compilation of the seven day Black and White Photography Challenge. This compilation is to map our influences which made to capture these photographs and the stories behind them.

Day 1 :

Colors are digitized

Since we are based on architecture, we work a lot with sketches, drawings, and concepts. Sketches bring intuitive ideas and the colors add life to them. Admiring this process, now it has all changed. We are in the age of digitization, and colors are in the screens and not in hands.

Shot on: Nokia 6


Day 2 :

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Light is Personified

We always liked to work on product photo shoots. One such attempt ended up shooting the CFL lamps, which has an admirable shape which personifies light. Light is dual in nature, behaves both like wave and particle. The spiral curve paves the way for the particle looking like a wave.

Shot on: Nikon D500

[ Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm F/3.5-5.6 ]


Day 3 :

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Lines, Light, and Shadows

It’s always interesting to capture Lines, Light, and Shadow. These three behave dynamically together.

Shot on: Nikon D500

[ Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm F/3.5-5.6 ]


Day 4 :

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Traditionally Contemporary

Traditional architecture’s intent of GOPURAM is to have the sky as its limit. But, today these GOPURAM’s have their limitations. This small Gopuram is part of a famous temple in Kumbakonam which is known as the Temple town in Tamilnadu

Shot on: Nokia 6


Day 5 :

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Lines and Reflections

Architecture is kind of riddle. These clues will help you, the details are in the lines and the aesthetics are in the reflections. Facades have now become the symbolization of the modernity and it is today. At the same time, building it with proper reason and response is also a necessity.

Shot on: Nikon D500 [ Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Prime Lens ]


Day 6 :

Divine Showers

Divine Showers

On a visit to the famous Chennimalai Murugan Temple, which was renovated recently had their traditional temple architecture elements around the premises of the temple. This view with the elements of the temple and light showers from the sky brings a divine experience.

Shot on: Nikon D500 [ Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Prime Lens ]


Day 7 :

The SUN sets

The SUN sets

The last day of the challenge ended up shooting the sunset. Shot this while the sun was trying to touch the edge of the frame.

Shot on: Nokia 6

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Dynamism in Public Space

To identify a space which behaves dynamically through time and observes the way, how people engage with space. The time brings in dynamism in space to the event happening in that frame.

 

02The Light House junction at Marina beach was the choice of place exhibiting dynamism. The beach is the most sort spot for the people in coastal cities. On a daily basis, the above frame seems to be transforming as the sun sets.

01This frame is along the pavement in front of the Light House. The hot sun doesn’t allow any activity from the morning till evening, other than walking. After sunset, the Light House brings in the crowd and the hawker lady’s stall on the pavement draws public.

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Behind the light house along the Nochikuppam road, after 6 p.m the traffic starts to flow through this road and the homeless people start to settle in the beach. The activities that happen here are vibrant and there are few subjects which remain stationary. The idea was to emphasis the stationary subjects with the activities exhibiting dynamism in public spaces.

Acknowledgement: This project was a group effort for the elective Journalism and Photography and I thank my team for their support.

Perspective Matters

 

Being an architecture student and a passionate photographer, I was always fond of making photographs from the point of view of the structure which exhibits perspective. I realise that when my lens takes a position with the structure as subject, the perspective by itself is framed by the structure where the sky or the ground turns to be a canvas for it.

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#1 Random Sketches – Elements of nature

I always follow the constraints to develop my process. This sketch is developed from the random idea of making the elements of nature to meet. I started to sketch the lines which depicted the characteristic of elements of nature like fire, water, earth and the wind. Then, the respective colours of the elements took their place along with the lines.

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