Chandan Gomes, 21, a 3rd year Philosophy student and president of St. Stephen’s Photography Club, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, reveals his mind to HT City.
Prashant Panjiar. He helps young people who want to make a mark in photography. He patiently sees their work, gives suggestions and even calls them up.
Places you love to shoot?
I was doing an assignment for a New York Times photographer. He wondered how could people consider the filthy Yamuna so sacred. But when we sailed, talked to people, we realised their relationship to the river. The simple act of taking a camera and walking around, opens up the city to you.
Is St. Stephen’s snobbish?
People have their impressions. Maybe because we don’t follow certain DU norms. Like we don’t have DUSU elections.
Hangout in the college?
Science dhaba, so called coz it’s close to the science block. Though it serves stuff like Maggi, anda, mince etc which you also get in the café, the mood is more peaceful. Plus, there’s a basketball court bang opposite.
The Photography Club?
We have a digital photo lab. It’s high tech. Last week we got a flat screen computer. We matlab, its 20 members.
[Sixty years: A Photographic Journey organised by the Photographic Society of St. Stephen’s College can be seen in the Academy of Fine Arts till February 14]