Bringing alive images by amateurs

One of the photographs from the upcoming exhibition.  

Madhur Tankha

“Delhi — Beyond the Lens” to begin this weekend

NEW DELHI: The Fuschia Tree art gallery is hosting a 20-day exhibition of photographs at its premises in East of Kailash here beginning this Friday.

Titled “Delhi — Beyond the Lens”, the exhibition will bring alive images captured on camera by amateur photographers who were part of the gallery’s photography workshops held during the past three months.

Shedding light on the exhibition that showcases 20 photographs, Chanda Chaudhury Barrai of The Fuschia Tree says: “Three months ago when we launched ‘Dilli 6’, a series of six photo workshops, it was our belief that if we created an environment which inspires and guides, in an experiential, interactive and fun way, most people would be able to push the boundaries of their imagination and technique to create exceptional work. And we were right.”

These workshops are being led by professional photographers as team leaders, who have inspired an eclectic group of 22 participants of different age groups.

Participants in the first two workshops honed their skills under the guidance of their respective team leaders — Nagender Chhikara, Bikash Das and Sephi Bergerson. While Nagender and Bikash imparted their passion and imagination to the concept of street photography and took the group to the labyrinthine alleys of Purani Dilli, Sephi Bergerson led his group to explore the street foods of Delhi.

The concept of bringing different perspectives on the same subject from the eyes of participants of varied age groups and profession was interesting. For instance, if 11-year-old Shreya Sahai creatively captures the colours of spices in her work, 43-year-old film-maker Prashant Sareen captures the smoke and flames of sizzling kebabs.

Eleven-year-old Vimanyu Devgan developed a keen interest in street food after coming under the guidance of his team leader. His work, “Ready for Tea?”, was taken at Ustad Chai Wala near the historic Jama Masjid. “The boy in the picture is a helper at the tea stall. It was wonderful to capture him getting the glasses ready for the next lot of tea drinkers with a smile on his face,” says Vimanyu.