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Shootout in a bus

Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 04, 2013
First Published: 13:05 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 18:28 IST(4/4/2013)

Pablo Picasso’s words, “Learn the rules like a pro, so that you can break them like an artist”, inspired photographer Kaushik Chakraborty to start Breaking Rules, a series of photography workshops, back in 2009. Since then, he has conducted weekend photo projects and workshops at interesting places like Jama Masjid in Delhi, Sonagachi in Kolkata, Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, and Dharavi, Dhobi Ghat, Versova Jetty, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Madh Island in Mumbai. His latest project, which begins on April 7, will capture stills from moving BEST buses in the city.

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“We will board the bus from one spot and keep shooting till it reaches a desired destination or till we are satisfied with what we have got. The concept of photography has changed today. As a good photographer, you must know how to convey a story with your images, gaining empathy along the way,” says Chakraborty. The BEST project will feature portraits of passengers, shots while panning and in motion, graffiti on the walls, patterns on seats, bus macro shots and a lot more. The idea is to depict a pictorial story of the bus ride. The shoot will be followed by a critique of the images shots and a discussion on various re-touching techniques. Upcoming workshops will also focus on themes like light painting at Marine Drive, surrealism in Juhu and native portraits in Borivali.


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