Street photography workshop in Mumbai in December 2013
• Boris Hamilton – http://www.flickr.com/photos/photogramaphy/
• Alfred Pleyer – http://www.flickr.com/photos/niklens/
• Faisal Al Fouzan – http://www.flickr.com/photos/faisalthef/
Boris and Alfred pose to a picture with a group of Indian girls on the Girgaum beach in Mumbai. Having a photo together with a foreigner is considered cool and fashionable among quite a few Indian teenagers. So if you are a Western tourist in India be prepared for countless photo requests. It is up to you to accept them or not.
Faisal photographs an ice-cream seller and his stall at Girgaum beach in Mumbai. During the workshop we were getting close to people, interacting with them and photographing. No zooming in. Wide angle lenses and a close distance.
Boris photographs people exercising on the sea promenade along Marine Drive in Nariman Point area of Mumbai. Early morning many Mumbaikers congregate in that area to practise yoga, jog and exercise.
5 – 11 December 2013.
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.
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. 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. You will return back home confident, inspired and motivated to keep developing as a photographer.
ABOUT Maciej Dakowicz
Maciej is an experienced Polish photographer and educator based in Asia. He holds a PhD in computer science, but abandoned science to focus on photography. He is a member the international street photography collective In-Public and official Fujifilm X-Photographer. His interests are in documentary, travel and street photography.
Maciej’s photos have been widely published, exhibited and shown at photo festivals. He is a recipient of numerous awards and has judged several photography competitions. His photos have been featured in major street photography books including “Street Photography Now“, “The World Atlas of Street Photography”, “100 Great Street Photographs” and “Bystander: A History of Street Photography”. Maciej’s first monograph Cardiff After Dark was published in October 2012. Currently he is mainly occupied with teaching his popular streeet photography workshops in Asia.