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Shoot at sight

india Updated: Apr 23, 2010 13:15 IST
Mayank Austen Soofi
Mayank Austen Soofi
Hindustan Times
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What will you be doing on May 2, Sunday at 8.30 pm? That’s the moment when people across the world — from Chicago to Chennai, Vladivostok to Varanasi, Kigali to Kanpur — will push their camera buttons. Lens, the photography blog of the American daily, The New York Times, has started an initiative to get in amateur and professional photographers to freeze one single moment in the life of the planet.

What? Where? How?
So whether you are in Manhattan or in Mahipalpur, you can be a part of it. You don’t need to own or borrow a fancy SLR. A mobile phone camera is enough. And no, nobody will judge your photography technique. All that will matter is the “thought behind the picture.” On its website, Lens says, “We extend the invitation to everyone, everywhere. Amateurs. Students. Pros. People who’ve been photographing for a lifetime or who just started yesterday.”

From family to nature to religion to social issues, the themes are diverse and you will just have to decide where you want to be at the given time and what you want to click. It can even be your granny performing evening arati at home. The picture will have to be sent to This link will be activated at 15:00 U.T.C, the D-moment, the equivalent of Greenwich Mean Time, when it will be 8.30 pm in Delhi.

The photos will appear instantly on the newspaper’s website and thousands of people from all over the world will get to see your thoughtful attempt at shooting. Website link: