Street photography workshop in Mumbai, India in October 2013


 
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Workshop Report

Workshop participants:
• Larry Hallegua – http://www.flickr.com/photos/hipnshoot/,
• Nick Lorkin – http://www.flickr.com/photos/110177429@N08/,
• Tony White – his http://www.flickr.com/photos/wobblyturkey/.

Workshop guest:
Kaushal Parikh from That’s Life Indian street photography collective.

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A quick camera check and ready to go. Tony, Larry and me were shooting on Canon EOS 6D cameras and Larry was a Fuji X100 shooter, upgraded a couple days later to a Fuji X100s.


 
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Larry photographs people exercising and practising yoga at the sea promenade along Marine Drive in Nariman Point. We got up at 5:30am to be there around 6am. That’s when the places is buzzing with activities.


 
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The workshop was intended for three participants only, so each day there were two pairs of us. I was shooting with one participant and the two others were shooting together. In the middle of the days we were changing partners, so each participant was shooting with me for a half of the day each day. We were usually starting at the same spot and meeting later at a specified point. This system prevented having too many photographers at the same location and gave each of the participant a chance to shoot with me quite a few times. Of course sometimes we bumped into each other and each of these accidental meetings were an occassion to discuss the ups and downs of each group shootings. Here I was spending the half of the day after lunch with Larry and we bumped into Tony and Larry at Crawford Market.


 
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Kaushal Parikh and Larry Hallegua photograph a scene with a goat somewhere in Southern Mumbai. Kaushal was a guest of the workshop and joined us for shooting on several occasions. So I was shooting with one of the participants and Kaushal was with the two others. Sometimes we bumped into each others, like here.


 
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A late night editing session in my hotel room. Each night we all selected the best shots of the day and then discussed them together. We decided to run the workshop on a limited budget so we stayed at the Salvation Army Red Shields Guest House, which is one of the cheapest accommodation options in Mumbai – the most expensive Indian city when it comes to hotels. So, it was relatively cheap, but centrally located in South Mumbai in Colaba district and full of the old world charm and character. The daily breakfast consisting of one boiled egg, three slices of bread, butter, jam and tea was a highlight of each morning.


 
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The fifth day of the workshop in Bandra. The light was beautiful, but it was a hot day. We stopped for a short break at a cafe on the way to the fort and suddenly Tony felt asleep on the table. A short nap helps. It was an intense week, but very enjoyable too. We all got properly tired, but the whole experience was definitely positive. Hard work pays off.


 
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Larry photographs a sleeping taxi driver. 10:30am seemed like a perfect time for a nap.


 
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A quick break for refreshments in a local bar before hitting the famous beach in Girgaum, known as Girgaum Chowpatty.


 
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Finishing the day with a Pav Bhaji dinner at Girgaum Chowpatty. Pav Bhaji is one of Mumbai’s most famous snacks and the ones on the beaches are best.


 
 
 

Workshop Information

 
A week of street photography in Mumbai with the In-Public photographer Maciej Dakowicz. For 3 participants only.
 
 

Place

Mumbai, India.

Wikipedia says that Mumbai “is the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Along with the neighbouring urban areas it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world.” “It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. Mumbai has been ranked 6th among top 10 global cities on billionaire count, ahead of Shanghai, Paris and Los Angeles.” “Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world’s top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 5% of India’s GDP”

and Lonely Planet says: “Measure out: one part Hollywood; six parts traffic; a bunch of rich power-moguls; stir in half a dozen colonial relics (use big ones); pour in six heaped cups of poverty; add a smattering of swish bars and restaurants (don’t skimp on quality here for best results); equal parts of mayhem and order; as many ancient bazaars as you have lying around; a handful of Hinduism; a dash of Islam; fold in your mixture with equal parts India; throw it all in a blender on high (adding generous helpings of pollution to taste) and presto: Mumbai.”

Exciting, isn’t it? There is so much to shoot there! Additionally people are super friendly, food is great and being here is cheap. Maciej knows the city very well and will lead you to some fascinating areas, where not a single tourist ventures. You will love it there.

More about Mumbai on wikipedia and Lonely Planet.

Dates

14 – 20 October 2013.
Participants are encouraged to arrive a day or two before starting the workshop to get used to being in India.

Workshop Description:

It will be a very practical workshop and there will be a lot of shooting every day. A very small group of 3 participants means a very high level of interaction with Maciej. You will be working in pairs changing “partners” after the lunch break. You will be shooting with Maciej every day since there will be only four of you altogether. For example you shoot with Maciej on Monday morning, then you shoot with the first person in the afternoon, the next morning with another person and with Maciej again in the afternoon. While shooting with Maciej you will have a chance to observe him at work, learn his techniques and tricks. A special attention will be put on developing and practising “social skills” – an interaction with local people. You will not only hunt for decisive moments like Henri Cartier-Bresson but also get close to people, talk and photograph them. Maciej is a very experienced travel and street photographer and you will learn a great deal of new things. In the evening you will edit and discuss your photos in the group together with Maciej. There will be plenty of opportunities to talk photography too. There will also be presentations on several nights of the workshop in which theoretical and practical aspects of street photography will be outlined and discussed.
It will be a very memorable week that will change you not only as a photographer, but as a person too.
 

Fee

£500

Costs

The participants of the workshop are responsible for all travel costs, including the visa, air tickets, food, accommodation and local transport. Luckily India is still a very affordable place to be and total weekly travel spendings are usually around £150. The group will stay in an affordable, clean, full of character, friendly and well located hotel in South Mumbai. The total cost of such an adventure (including Maciej’s fee) should be around £1500 (when flying from the UK for around £500).

 
Maciej’s photos from Mumbai shot on the previous photo adventures (each taken while shooting with a workshop participant) and during other visits to this fascinating metropolis:

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Maciej has been to India 11 times already and now he is based in Mumbai, so he is very experienced at photographing this country. He has organised and lead six Indian workshops so far and they all have been very successful (not only according to the participants – Maciej thinks the same).

 

ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz

Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer, traveller and gallerist based in Mumbai, India. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is one of the founders of Third Floor Gallery in Cardiff, a member of the Wideangle photo agency, the international street photography collective In-Public and the un-posed Polish street photography collective. He has worked on various photographic projects in the UK and abroad and his interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published and exhibited around the world, shown at photo festivals (including Visa Pour l’Image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France) and he is a recipient of numerous awards. He was profiled among 46 leading street photographers in the “Street Photography Now” book published by the British publisher Thames & Hudson, who also published Maciej’s first monograph – Cardiff After Dark in October 2012.

 
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