“The city is as good as its history and the people it gave to the world.”
Kolkata is one of the four biggest metropolia in India & it has a peculiar authenticity to its character and why not; it has a beautiful amalgamation of history, politics and, art.
The city was the capital of the British Raj for nearly 140 years, which made it a boiling pot of commerce, culture, and education. It created a strong foundation for the rise of the Indian Renaissance, which started early 18th century. It gave social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy; Spiritual Philosophers like Ramkrishna Paramahansa; Swami Vivekanand; Sri Aurobindo and Paramhansa Yogananda; Nobel laureates like Rabindra Nath Tagore & Amartya Sen, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, Satyajit Ray, and many more to count to the world.
My trip to Kolkata happened with an immediate plan of a photography workshop by Maciej D in Nov,’17. It was my first street photography workshop and my first experience with Maciej. He is famously called as an Indiana Jones of Street Photography by David Gibson, and I couldn't agree to it more. His workshop is an intensive way to dive-in with an avg of 8-9 hours of shooting and a walk of 15-18 km every day. The workshop is a fantastic opportunity for serious amateurs but not of wannabes as they will be done by the second or third day.
The experience gave me a good sense of direction while I balance my view between social documentary and quirky street photography. Though I still have a lot of ground to cover, it wouldn’t be wrong if I say this was a good starting point for me…