Foto 2015: A harvest of breathtaking photos at Punjab Kala Bhawan

  • Harjeet Inder Singh Sahi, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 02, 2015 14:07 IST

‘Picturesque’, the title of Abhay Bedi’s book of photographs, released at FOTO 2015, would be one of the best descriptions of the photographic exhibition organised at Punjab Kala Bhawan. Himalayan trekker and landscape photographer, Ashok Dilwali was the chief guest at the event and judged the works.

The exhibition saw a host of more than 20 photographers, from seasoned professionals to young students, presenting their crop for appreciation after the harvest.

There is no end or finishing line in photographic art and feeling absolute satisfaction with one’s work is a cardinal sin. The game of inspiration, experimentation and exploration must never cease if you want your creative potential to continue to surprise you as well as the admirers of photography.

“You have to continue to remain on the learning curve and believe that you can do an even better job. Selfanalysis is the first rule of achieving any measure of success,” says Yashinder S Bahga, whose photographs at Sukhna Lake, including ‘Through the Window’, were selected as the best portfolio.

Sharing his preferred choice of subject, Bahga says, “Humans are a very important part of the environment. For me, people captured with a backdrop of beautiful landscapes are a good subject for exploration.”

Inspiration is not a premeditated act, reveals Bahga, “Jumbled thoughts in our mind take shape at a particular time. A photographer takes several pictures but only a few get past the post. It is a painstaking process and patience is the key.”

Portraiture without readiness of the subject captures humanity and in the capture of a face, takes us beyond the mere physical aspects. Jaskiran Singh Batra, whose portrait photographs, including ‘A Wrinkly at Bhimakali’, presented a picture of contrast in a sea of landscapes at the exhibition, says, “I believe in trial and error as I click pictures, essentially portraits of people at the wayside, during my daily routine. I don’t seek to follow some specific rules of photography and capture whatever pleases me in a substantial manner.”

Reflection in calm and serene ponds and rivers has always fascinated shutterbugs. Vijendra Trighatia’s striking ‘The Water Mirror’, captured at the Dal lake, dazzles the viewer with its sheer beauty.

“It was clicked near the canal leading to the Dal Lake. There were these non-functional boats on the lake and the water was very still. The reflection ensnared me and I took a shot,” says Trighatia.

To showcase verticality of the urban jungle among landscapes was an entirely different spectacle, and Navneet Saxena does it with panache. Saxena’s ‘Chequered Lives’ juxtaposes human subjects with steel and glass columns, an architectural feast to the boot.

Attractive cash prizes were awarded to Prabhnoor Singh, Arshya Mandhar and Ruhaniyat from city schools for their photographs.

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