Agony and ecstasy of IVF conception in urban nuclear families | S. Shanth Kumar

INFERTILITY stalks polluted Indian cities adding more stress to young couples seeking to raise a family. A whopping 45% of couples suffer from this problem which has spread its tentacles to Tier1 and Tier 2 cities. Of the top fifteen most polluted cities in the world, 14 are in India, according to a World Health organisation study. Doctors claim rising infertility rates are based on the lifestyle changes resulting in stress and obesity caused by lack of physical exercise, changes in eating habits and pollution accompanied by medical disorders like diabetes. Many infertile couples turn to medical procedures like IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation).

In this photo essay, photojournalist Shanth Kumar captures his and his wife’s intesnsely personal and emotionally rattling journey of starting a family through IVF.

Dhanya wondering about IVF over coffee.
Dhanya awaiting her turn for medical consultation at the IVF counter of the hospital.
Inside the consultation room, still bewildered and uncertain.
Finally, examination over; waiting to begin the IVF process.
HCG injections, essential for IVF, can cause depression, mood swings and irritability as side effects of hormone changes in the body.
Empty injection syringes used for fertility treatment before the IVF procedure are seen arranged in the picture
Dhanya reacts while doing her household chores. treatment for the IVF causes a hormonal imbalance which causes mood swing among others.
Dhanya’s mother comforts her when the first attempt to conceive fails and she is heartbroken.
Dhanya having to use inhalation to deal with her asthma in a polluted city in the midst of her IVF ordeal.
Finally, she is in the last trimester of her pregnancy.
The child’s grandparents are the first to see the child.
Dhanya finally gets to see her child.
Diya lights up her mother.

July issue of StreetRythms magazine published

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city specific projects launched to promote street photography in Maharashtra

StreetRythms is happy to announce 3 new projects to promote street photography in Maharashtra. We have started initiative in 3 cities of Maharashtra namely Pune, Nashik and Kolhapur and soon will spread to other cities as well. Under this initiative we initially plan to document cities in street style through photographers contribution. we also plan to organise photowalks, workshops and exhibitions.

We have created groups on Facebook for photographers contribution. The best submissiosn from these groups will be included in photo-book project in these cities and will also be exhibited in exhibitions.

please join these FB groups if you are from the respective cities and wish to join this project

for Pune:

for Nashik:

for Kolhapur:


Please spread the word and happy clicking!!


Indrajit Ugale – upcoming talent to watch

While discovering facebook for finding inspirations in street photography, I stumbled upon a facebook account of Indrajit Ugale. Indrajit is from a small town of Bid in Maharashtra state of India. His portfolio includes few very unique street photographs. Indrajit has an excellent eye for street and his photos depict everydayness in an interesting manner. Thanks to Indrajit Khambe for pointing me to this talent through one of his timeline updates. He is sure to be watched for.



 Indrajit Ugale

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The hard earned sleep | Raju Javalkar

People work hard. Yes, they do. And after they have done their bit honestly, they just want to lie down and give themselves the luxury of a refreshing and peaceful nap. The tired body doesn’t seek a lavish bed, but finds solace in a small piece of shade that is eternally soothing.

This is an ongoing project of Raju Javalkar and he will be updating the gallery with more such images as he continues his work.

Nik collection from Google is now 100% FREE

Good news for photographers! Google has announced on their website (check on this url) that its made their Nik collection 100% free for everyone.

Photo enthusiast and professionals all over the world use Nik collection suit to get best out of their images. Google has apprently decided to focus on developing photo and image editing tools for mobile platform like Snapspeed and Google Photos. Hence its making Nik desktop version Free for everyone.

From 24th March 2016, latest Nik collection suit is available for free download for everyone. Google has also announced that, thoss who have purchased Nik collection suite in 2016 will get full refund of their money to their account in coming days.

King’s Den, The Brick field | Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

In most places around the world, bricks have been an architectural staple for centuries, in some cases, millennial. It is probable that bricks are the world’s earliest man-made building material. In one word it can be said that, they’re basically just made of earth and they have remarkable series of properties: they are economical, weather resistant, and fireproof.

King’s den is a brick field located in southern part of West Bengal. Brick fields are places where bricks are manufactured. Soil is extracted from river delta, smoothened, mixed and shaped into bricks with the help of moulds. The clay bricks are first sun dried and then fired in the kiln, and you get shiny red-golden bricks. It is a worker intensive industry involving various stages – right from soil extraction to loading ready bricks to be taken away. Workers migrating from different states along with their family members quest for seasonal employment. The adult couples are officially engaged in the brick fields while their children play around. Being around with the family and working along with them brings peace to their mind and helps them in earning more.

What you get to see here is not just an industry or business, but a way of life. The people who work here have been doing this for generations, and are very skilled at their jobs. Right from the lad who mixes soil to the artisan who makes the moulds to the men who mould the clay  and lay neat rows after rows of wet bricks in the sun to dry, to the women clad in colorful sarees carrying 6, 8 or even 10 clay dried or baked bricks on their head with aplomb, to the gusty men standing on the hot kiln, checking the bricks being baked in the hot chamber. A huge workforce, divided over a huge working area, busy in their own processes, and still working in tandem to create what helps create our home – BRICKS


Brick worker women overseeing her work area



Worker extracting soil from the river delta


Worker carrying soil to the Brick factory


Workers preparing moulds for bricks and laying rows of moulded bricks


Workers preparing brick moulds and moulding clay into bricks


Women worker carrying bricks to men laying rows of bricks ready to bake


Women worker carrying bricks


Skillful women workers carry 6,8, even 10 or 12 bricks on their head.



Skillful women workers carry 6,8, even 10 or 12 bricks on their head.


Women worker walking on the rows of bricks, carrying more bricks to be laid in rows.


Carrying so many bricks on head is a skill mastered by these women.


Women worked carrying and arranging bricks


Women workers carrying finished bricks from kiln, ready to transport


Taking some time to rest and take a little nap



Brick Kiln at King’s Den


Story credit and photographs copyright (c) Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri

Bio –

Suvobroto Ray Chaudhuri (Punpun) is an amateur photographer born in Kolkata, raised in Haldia, a small industrial township near Kolkata. Got camera in hand from year 2008 been inspired from maternal uncle, who to him is a lovely, positive, eminent photographer from the film era. Started photography as a hobby and which gradually transformed into a passion. Making stories out of photographs is what he is always up to. | Facebook

The game of Goat Fighting, Kolhapur

Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India is a Royal city, once the capital of the Great Maratha Kingdom. People here have very old and royal traditions which they are very proud of. Kolhpurkar’s (name for people of kolhapur) are fond of fighting games like mud-wrestling. They also organize animal fights and one such fighting game famous in Kolhapur is “Goat Fighting” also called as “Zunz” or “Takker”, where two specially breeded Male Goats fight Head-on with each other. The winning goats also win cash prizes here.


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all photographs copyright (c) Dipak Kumbhar. All rights reserved.

New Feature: Photo Stories

Friends, we are pleased to announce a new section on Street Rythms “Photo Stories”.

“Photo Stories” is a space for documentary or street photographers, photo journalist to get their Photo stories/essays published. We always wanted to build Street Rythms as a platform for Street and Documentary photographers and their work. If you have any photo-story and wish to publish here, do send us email at submissions[at]

In due course we will be publishing photo stories that we are working on and other member submitted stories. Do enjoy the same and don’t forget to leave your feedback.


Featured Photographer: Rudy Boyer from France

Last week we had an opportunity of interviewing Rudy Boyer, a talented Street Photographer from France. We take this opportunity to present you Rudy Boyer as our Street Rythms Featured Photographer.

Rudy Boyer is 32 years old and lives in Nice, in the south of France. He is responsible for a structure analysis laboratory in the Construction/Building sector. Rudy is passionate about photography and music, he has been playing jazz guitar for ten years. He started Street Photography in 2013.

For Rudy, street photography is the best of photography, what happens in everyday life, scenes of joys, sorrows scenes, often very lonely! but life! it is also a big playground where he can express himself.

He shoots 95% of the time with Fuji x100s et and rest with Nikkon D700.

For aspiring street photographers, he suggests, “Open the books of famous photographers, go out and train again and again, go towards the essentials”.

About future of street photography, he says that like any fashion trend and ease of taking pictures, and of course also through to social networks, there will be more and more people getting into street photography. Then fashion will fade and what will remain will be real passionate…

We asked him about his style. He thinks that its primarily a state of mind. With time and influences, the look is changing and the desire to excel becomes larger. What he decides to get on the net is only 30% of his photos, so he just tried to be consistent. Its never really easy for him.

Rudy takes inspiration from Saul Leiter, Hary Gruyaert, Alex Webb, Nikos Economopoulus, Abbas Attar and also from many many others on flickr and facebook.

You can admire his work on Facebook | Flickr | Website