In mythology, The Third Eye is a person’s spiritual awakening to perception and depth, beyond ordinary sight. Vivek High School’s annual photography exhibit, aptly titled View From The Third Eye, is a collection of 95 photographs shot by 21 students across Europe, Singapore and Kasauli.
Vineet Saxena, the man behind the globe-trotting and photography teacher at the school, says, “The exposure provided by travelling to explore different cultures is always a great learning experience for budding photographers,” and laughingly adds, “It’s not all work; I let the students pull my leg too. Why do you think I’m so tall?”
Happy, full of life, stark, bleak, colour and black & white are just some of the wide variety of emotions these pictures managed to capture. One of these images is of a stairwell shot from above in Singapore’s botanical gardens, titled Ghostly Stairwell.
Class 8 student Ishana Passi, the photographer, tells us her idea behind it, “I wanted to capture the depth of the levels on that staircase; people moving on it just accentuates its stillness.” And any learning experience from such a trip? “I definitely came back more independent and wiser,” she smiles.
Saanika, 14, considered the baby of the group, has a fun image of a waterfall, the twist being — she went behind it to click it. “My grandfather is the one because of whom I picked up the camera. He told me to keep clicking pictures wherever I went.”
Then there is the black & white shot of two lovers lost in each other’s eyes on the banks of a Parisian canal. Class 10 student Abhay Iqbal Singh, about how he captured such a moment - aptly titled Oblivious To The World – says, “It can be considered batameezi, I suppose, because I clicked it without their permission, but I don’t think I could have gotten such an unguarded and soulful moment with their permission.”
The 13 days in Europe produced some stunning panoramic shots of the Frankfurt skyline, beautiful storybook pictures of Heidelberg town, stunning landscape shots of the Swiss Alps, contrasting images of ancient and modern Austria and Italy’s intriguing historical ruins that were a source of great wonder, waiting to be captured. Other places in frames were the ‘City of Lovers’ Paris, the famous Venetian canals and the German city of Altstadt along with the world’s smallest country, The Vatican City.
Besides Naveneet Saxena, students also had the fortunate of being guided by Francois Cleroux, a Vancouver-based professional photographer and member of the Royal Photographic Society (RSA).
The exhibition is on at Punjab Kala Bhavan, Sector 16, till November 1.