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Photo Walk in Jaipur -“Eye-less” Street Photography

I recently participated in a photo walk in Jaipur “See The Unseen” conducted by a photography club for The World Sight Day on 12th October. This Jaipur Photo walk took place in the old city area of Jaipur and was attended by a large number of photographers – the highest in any photo walk that I have attended.

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Participating photographers were paired together. One of them would click pictures while the other would be a navigator. The underlying idea was that the photographer needs to click pictures with a blindfold -it was a Street Photography without relying on one’s ability to see!

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Photographer and navigator! Street Photography in Jaipur

 

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Navigator assisting photographer. Photo walk in Jaipur

 

Since the event was for The World Sight Day, photographers were asked to click pictures relying on other senses like sound. That’s how a blind person clicks pictures.  After a designated time, both would switch places.

The photo walk took place on a Sunday morning. It created a lot of stir as people on the road were amused to find blindfolded people armed with a camera clicking pictures. Many of them couldn’t contain themselves and came up to ask what this was all about.

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Curious people and the photographer. Street Photography in Jaipur

The walk started at 7.30 AM even though the designated time was 6.30 AM. By 8 AM the bazaars were buzzing with activities.

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Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Jaipur

Devotees at temple, morning walkers congregating at eateries for the Sunday breakfast and Chai shops… the excitement and subjects swelled as the clock progressed.

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Did I get it right? Photo walk in Jaipur
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Photographer and navigator! Photo walk in Jaipur

I also captured few pictures blindfolded. It’s a different ball game when you lose the concept of composition. Suddenly, you are out of your comfort zone! All you can to do is bring your camera up to your eye level and shoot! You need to let go of the few important aspects of photography like leveling the horizon, changing aperture or ISO settings. I shot following set of pictures at a constant setting irrespective of the light conditions. Here are few pictures in monochrome that clicked while I was blindfolded.

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This sweeper was distracted upon seeing a blindfolded lady with the camera!

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Bemused road sweeper!

Something new!

These rickshaw owners were amused to find a blindfolded person taking a shot at them and inquired what this was all about from the accompanying navigator. They demanded money for being subject. Upon realizing that there’s no money to be made here, they settled for tea instead! I guess they just weren’t lucky!

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Breakfast point – The Poha seller!

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The tea point!

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Let’s light up a joint!

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Street urchins waiting for the free food in front of a temple.

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Vegetable seller outside a temple.

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Sometimes you get it right, too!

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If you are wondering how I shot these images, have a look at the below set of pictures which has a group of people chanting Bhajan on their way to the temple.

You have to keep shooting in succession hoping you will get at least one right!

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I stood still and kept pressing the shutter button. One after another. You can see how the perspective changes as the group approaches.

The milk seller!

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This is the last picture I shot blindfolded! It was time to switch!

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The concept was novel and none of the participants were aware as to how the walk will unfold until they were briefed. Unlike earlier photo walks in Jaipur this walk ended with a press coverage.

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So what was great about this photo walk? One, as a photographer you get exposed to the novel concepts which is important for your mental stimulation. Two, it is also a place where you can mingle with other photographers. Three, it’s great to see so many photographers attending a photo walk in Jaipur cutting across the age and gender. Four, there was no prerequisite of photography equipment. One could click pictures with DSLR, point and shoot/ compact camera or a smartphone.

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I have mentioned in my previous post that generally, I avoid photo walks because of distractions and concentration on the specific subjects but sometimes we need to break out of our shells and see things from a fresh perspective.

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Street Photography in Jaipur is quite rewarding with varied subjects and buzzing bazaars. Generally, people are okay with their pictures being clicked…..but there are exceptions too! TIP: For Street Photography you must be at right place and right time.

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72 thoughts on “Photo Walk in Jaipur -“Eye-less” Street Photography

  1. This was such a unique concept. I loved the idea of one guiding the other. These exercises help build a great rapport. I liked some of the images of the street scenes of Jaipur, its quite different from the touristy ones we see in magazines.

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  2. That’s a unique initiative…..and the pictures have come out superb…Jaipur has so much to offer, I have already experienced that during my visit some years back……would love to be part of such a unique walk in the Pink City….:)

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  3. What a unique idea to take photos blindfolded. I can appreciate how frustrating it must be for an experienced photographers, like yourself, to be unable to apply all the usual settings. Yet your photos have turned out extremely well and I loved how you all caused such a stir in the street. It isn’t every day people see blindfolded photographers. 🙂

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    1. Millie! I have chosen to put only few pictures on this blog. There are some completely “rubbish” pictures too! Anyway, it was all part of this program. Yes, it did create some buzz in the street! Thanks for taking out time to comment and share your views!

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