Quirks in the City

 
I was waiting for a bus when this scene unfolded several kilometres away from me. Modern cameras ensure you do not miss the moment, no matter how far away you are from the subject! " Photography/ photography by Supriya Joshi

I was waiting for a bus when this scene unfolded several kilometres away from me. Modern cameras ensure you do not miss the moment, no matter how far away you are from the subject! ” Photography/ photography by Supriya Joshi

Supriya Joshi invites you to take a closer look at your city, and enjoy all its little whims, oddities and peculiarities through photography

Before you even begin reading this Shooting Technique, I urge you to take a walk around a familiar part of your city. You may have been through this space hundreds of time, but have you truly seen it? As you take a walk, observe the tiny details— the cracks on the walls, the scooter that was last used in 1963 or the hoarding that advertises weight-loss pills. You will see everything around you in a new light. Your city is a beautiful, magical place, filled with the little quirks that make it endearing. Here is how you can make portraits of all the things that make your city a wonderful place to live in.

Observing such situations often makes one wonder, “Who would put a doll on a roof anyway?”Photography/Supriya Joshi

Observing such situations often makes one wonder, “Who would put a doll on a roof anyway?”Photography/Supriya Joshi

Religious symbolism exists all over India and can be quite fascinating to photograph." Photography/Supriya Joshi

Religious symbolism exists all over India and can be quite fascinating to photograph.” Photography/Supriya Joshi

I pass by this scene almost every day. It is only when you realise the absurdity of the frame can you make an effective photograph."Photography/Supriya joshi

I pass by this scene almost every day. It is only when you realise the absurdity of the frame can you make an effective photograph.”Photography/Supriya joshi

Embrace the Silliness
Unless you truly fall in love with your city, you will not be able to do complete justice to your photographs. So open your heart to the maddening crowds, the noise and even the quieter moments of your world.

Being Comfortable
For such projects, your choice of camera is not important. What matters is how comfortable you are with the equipment in order to fully enjoy making the images.

Dedicate Time
If you find a spot you like, wait for a while and anticipate the moment. Everything in your frame may work well, but even a single element can make all the difference.

Keep Yourself Updated
Your city is always going to be buzzing with activity at any single moment. Whether it be a political rally, a festival or even a circus that is passing through, there is always something going on. Check your local newspaper or even the internet to find out event listings and make your photography plans accordingly.

On the Commute
You can see a varied amount of eccentricities during your daily commute. Sometimes a bus breaks down and the commuters get off to push it, a lot of people fall asleep during train journeys and there are several distressed passengers who run after buses that they missed by a second. These everyday anomalies define your city and can make for great subjects.

Employ Juxtapositions
Your city is a mix of the absurd and the straightforward. There are so many times when these instances unfold right in front of your eyes. Such photographs can be quite humourous in nature.

Magic can happen any second. You just have to have enough patience to wait for it." Photography/Supriya Joshi

Magic can happen any second. You just have to have enough patience to wait for it.” Photography/Supriya Joshi

Walk, Explore!
On a weekend, get onto a bus and buy a bus ticket to anywhere. Visit the remote villages, the abandoned buildings or even the most iconic landmarks of your city. Engage in conversations with people to find out the best, albeit relatively unknown, spots to shoot around the city in order to get the best perspectives.

Cultural symbols have their own strong identity. Because of how out of place they look in certain contexts, they make for quirky frames." Photography/Supriya Joshi

Cultural symbols have their own strong identity. Because of how out of place they look in certain contexts, they make for quirky frames.” Photography/Supriya Joshi

 

Graffiti and lettering around your city can add a subtle humour element in your photographs." Photography/Supriya Joshi

Graffiti and lettering around your city can add a subtle humour element in your photographs.” Photography/Supriya Joshi

Enjoy the Silence
As dramatic as your city may be, you should also pay homage to the quieter moments and the silent spaces. Only then can you truly appreciate it for its silliness too. Remember, the quirks you see in the city are the quirks that exist inside you. Not everyone will be able to see your city in the same way as you do. Enjoy the differences and keep shooting!

Your city may be flawed, but it is yours. Love it for what it is, and without a doubt, you will be rewarded with great pictures." Photography/Supriya Joshi

Your city may be flawed, but it is yours. Love it for what it is, and without a doubt, you will be rewarded with great pictures.” Photography/Supriya Joshi

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