Photo of the Week | 07- 13 Mar 2016

Street Rythms Magazine is happy to announce its third “Photo of the Week” winner. The winning entry is selected from the photos posted in our Street Rythms Magazine Street Photography Group on Facebook. The winning entry is from Muhammad Imam Hasan.

It was very difficult for us to select the best one for the week, as there were really good submissions from members. We would like to specially mention following outstanding images

Photograph copyright (c) Jo Simson

Photograph copyright (c) Chris Tuarissa

 

Photograph copyright (c) Win Hidayat

 

Photography copyright (c) Muhammad Imam Hasan

 

Photograph copyright (c) Johan Massot

 

Congratulations!

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

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Brick worker women overseeing her work area

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Worker extracting soil from the river delta

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Worker carrying soil to the Brick factory

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Workers preparing moulds for bricks and laying rows of moulded bricks

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Workers preparing brick moulds and moulding clay into bricks

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

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Women worker carrying bricks

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

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

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

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

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Women worked carrying and arranging bricks

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Women workers carrying finished bricks from kiln, ready to transport

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Taking some time to rest and take a little nap

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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.

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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

 

“Observation is the key of success in street photography” – Prashant Godbole

Prashant Godbole is a well known photographer. He began his career in the ad agency Lintas (now Lowe). He joined as an Art Director, where his first task was to do a campaign on Bajaj Scooters. His team’s ‘Hamara Bajaj’  campaign was an instant hit and injected a pride of ownership in scooter buyers. He chose slice-of-life images for the campaign, like a Parsi polishing his scooter, the aarti people perform when buying a new vehicle, and kids taking a ride with their father to school.

This became his visual style. He brought street photography into every ad campaign, be it for Killer Jeans, The Times of India, Shoppers Stop or Airtel. He has worked with great photographers like Swapan Parekh, Raghu Rai, Prabuddha and Tejal, and learned by observing how they work.

His first encounter with professional street photography happened by chance. While working on the ‘Express Yourself’ film for Airtel, Swapan was not available. So he took up the camera and started taking pictures. His campaign later won several awards. From that day onward, the camera has always has always been his companion, where ever he goes.

For him, street photography is like holding up a mirror to society, capturing the life of a moment on film, making room for instinct, telling a story, making you smile. In his words, we quote, “It tends to be ironic and often surprise you”. He says, in today’s global village, photography is the only thing that crosses barriers of language and happily transports viewers to different cultures.

When we asked him why he captures mostly in black and white, his answer was that he shoots digital so mostly in color, but he sees black and white images in his head. He recalls once jokingly telling a friend that his camera is color-blind.

Prashant never shoots with an idea or theme in mind. He stumbles upon the situation and waits for things to happen.

His photographs are simple, minimalistic and very artistic, thanks to his training in advertising. He feels that like an ad that tells that tells a story or communicate a message within seconds, images should be kept simple and to the point. Your visual should seek to be understood even by an illiterate person. Simple becomes powerful. Removing what is not the picture and what is not the message becomes art. He applies his training in his advertising to his street photography as well.

For him gear is not important, because, in his words, we quote, “You cannot become Abhinav Bindra by holding a peashooter in your hand”. But he also emphasize that what you do with your equipment will make all the difference.

Prashant finds inspiration in the works of Swapan Parekh, Raghu Rai and Raghubir Singh.

 


 

Below are few of his inspirational images. To see more of his work, visit his website www.prashantgodbole.com or follow him on Facebook. Bookmark him for your daily dose of inspiration.

Note: all the photographs in this article are copyright, © Prashant Godbole.

Muhammad Imam Hasan – emerging talent from Bangladesh

Muhammad Imam Hasan, born and bought up in capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, is currently working at Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital. Few days back we included his name in the list of Street Photographers to follow in 2016. Bangladesh has given many talented photographers to the world, and Muhammad Imam Hasan is one of them. We talked to him last week and here is what he said:

 


I started taking photos from last part of 2013. Then I discovered my deep interest about photography day by day, specially in street photography. I feel my deep interest to observe people’s activities from close proximity and freeze them in my frame and let it live forever. So far the journey has been so good; I look forward to go more deeper in this genre of photography. I completed basic and foundation course from photography school Pathshala of Dhaka and also attended different street photography workshop including APF one.

Photography is basically my passion and I used to spend week holidays and leisure time practicing Street Photography.  Deep passion and love force me out with camera. Most of my work is based on the city of Dhaka as I don’t get too much time to travel and shoot outside of Dhaka.
I love doing Street Photography because it is very dynamic; therefore the photographer is being challenged. You have to be observant, responsive, predictive and most often discreet in order to capture a candid moment.
I like to have busyness in my frame, with lots of subject moving around, including layers. In Dhaka, everybody is busy for life, people move around everywhere all the time, it’s a gift for me to capture in a way I like.
I am very much influenced by two of my favorite quotes:
“If your photographs are not good enough, you are not close enough” by Robert Capa
“If you can smell the Street in a photograph, it is Street Photograph” by Bruce Gilden
I like to go very close and I believe in one camera one lens theory.

Website | Facebook | Flickr

Note: all photographs on this page, copyright © Muhammad Imam Hasan.

SL Shanth Kumar – a talented street photographer & photo journalist to be followed

Born in Bangalore in 1986, photography has always been my passion. I took up photography in 2000 where I started as a dark room assistant in a studio and have since then dabbled with various forms of photography. I finally found my true calling in photojournalism and have been practicing it since 2002 as part of various publications in India. I have covered the political and social changes extensively, particularly in the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. I see photography as a medium for bringing out the truth as well as for creative expression.

S L ShantkumarMy entries have won prizes at many national and international competitions like:

  • 2009 Canon photojournalist award
  • 2010 Shoot Nations International photography contest
  • 2011 Better Photography – Photographer of the year. This award was presented by Raghu Rai.
  • 2011 MCC Wisden Cricket Photo of the Year award. My winning photo was displayed at the Lords stadium throughout this year.

I currently work as a Senior Photojournalist at The Times of India, Mumbai.

Facebook | Website

 

Street Rythm: Could you tell us about your background? How did you got into photography?

SL: To be frank, I didn’t have any formal education in the field of journalism. I was a school dropout and in my early days, started working as a tea boy in a local studio at Bangalore. With every passing day, I began to get deeper into the workings of the darkroom and my growing understanding of photography attracted me to it. It made me start taking pictures, to answer all the questions that were bubbling inside me. And in this journey I soon met my to-be-guru Sir Benedict, a photojournalist from Times of India, Bangalore. He provided me the initial break to get into photojournalism.


Street Rythm: Why street photography instead of other genres?

SL: Street photography is challenging work.it dedicates to humans feeling.


Street Rythm: What makes street photography special?

SL: Emotions ,concept,and much more…


Street Rythm: How much you use post processing softwares like Photoshop to process your photos?

SL: No, I am not working in photoshop.I am jpeg man .I am always trying to keep originality.


Street Rythm: How important is gear? What gear you use?

SL: Gear is not important for me.Now days I am using Nikon D750 and Nikon D3x


 

Note: all photographs on this page, copyright © SL Shanth Kumar.

Street Rythms Photowalk – Parvati Kite Festival

Last week Street Rythm team organised a Photo Walk in Parvati Kite Festival held at Taljai Hills, Parvati, Pune. It was a beautiful sunday with nice light and clear sky. The event witnessed participants from Pune and surrounding towns. Street Rythms Team Member and Photographer Dipak Kumbhar joined from Kolhapur for this special Photo-walk.

Photos by Dipak Kumbhar

kite 1

(c) Dipak Kumbhar

kite 2

(c) Dipak Kumbhar

kite 3

(c) Dipak Kumbhar

 

Photos by Nilesh Gawde

divine war

“war with deamons” (c) nilesh gawde

 

fly high

“fly high” (c) nilesh gawde

 

(c) nilesh gawde

 

Photos by Raju Javalkar

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(c) Raju Javalkar

 

kite with boys

(c) Raju Javalkar