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Exhibition captures slices of life

Visitors at the photography exhibition in Jorhat on Saturday. Picture by UB Photos

Jorhat, Jan 18: For those who love photography they would definitely like to visit the two-day photography exhibition being organised by Jorhat Photographic Society at Kala Bhawan here from today.

Jorhat, Jan. 18: Photographs capturing various moods and moments of life — ranging from wildlife, landscape, abstract, to street and rural life — are among the 107 on display at the two-day exhibition organised by the Jorhat Photographic Society at Kala bhawan here.

The photographs have been taken mostly by members of the society (who are a group of amateur youth photographers) and photography lovers across the state.

Birds, while flying, resting, eating or on trees, water bodies, river dolphins in the Brahmaputra, indigenous women catching fish, women weaving cloth, boatmen, fishermen with fishing nets, sunrise and sunset, insects, children playing on the road, the moon, beggars, homeless people and mountainscapes among the photographs displayed at the exhibition.

Dhruba Jyoti Baruah, secretary of the society, told this correspondent that the exhibition has been organised for the first time after Jorhat Photographic Society was formed in August last year to promote photography as a hobby and also to provide a platform for those who wished to take it up as a career.

Baruah said the exhibition has been organised to give a boost to the creative instinct of those who have taken up photography as their hobby and have been quietly pursuing it.

“We want to let people know that photography is a also a big form of art through which one can bring out thoughts and expressions. It is said a good photograph conveys a lot more than words and touches the heart of a person,” Baruah said.

Baruah, a local youth, who is an engineer working in a private company in Dibrugarh, said the members of the society, numbering about 25, have taken the pictures over the past five to seven years.

Baruah is a bird watcher and often visits bird habitats in Upper Assam.

“By holding the exhibition we hope the works of our members will get noticed and they feel more encouraged.” Dipankar Saikia, another member of the society, said.

He said now the situation was changing and making a career in photography was an option available in Assam.

Saikia said a career in fashion photography, wedding photography, and photography in journalism and wildlife conservation and in other sectors of photography could be developed.

Saikia said the society has plans to organise workshops by bringing in experts in photography and impart training to newcomers and also arrange the same for themselves.

The president of the society, Ashwinil Barkataki, who has earlier worked in Guwahati with a photography firm, said during Durga Puja in October last year and later at Neematighat (near the Brahmaputra), the society members had gone on a photo-walk and both were good learning experiences.

During the photo-walk, a group of persons visit a particular place — urban or rural — and take photographs randomly of the entire area. Later, the photographs are seen by the group and a discussion is held.


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