::BangaloreLakeDiaries:Film::

Im just thinking about the way the project started…

Makepeace S of The Alternative visited Thalam for an exhibition launch and we had a half a minute chat on Korkai. Just post that meeting, Selvaprakash L and I met with the team, Aarti Mohan & Rathish Balakrishnan at The Alternative and we were on board for the collaboration project to celebrate the World Water Day. Everything else fell in place, say Catch Every Drop photo contest, followed by an Exhibition at Max Mueller Bhavan, Photo Workshops and Walks across 8 lakes in the city.

Then came the idea of making a community film which can be used to create awareness among the general public as a medium of communication. The same film can be used to showcase the success stories of Lake Champions, and Government Officials involved in the process. We shot this for 3 days and sat in the editing table for 4 days… and this is what we made at the end of it.

Watch the film on Youtube: Bangalore Lake Diaries
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About Korkai(www.korkai.in): Korkai is a community initiative of photographers to promote Photojournalism and Social documentary photography, co-founded by photographers Selvaprakash L and Perumal Venkatesan(peevee).

About The Alternative (www.thealternative.in):
The Alternative an online platform focused on sustainable living and social impact. It highlights issues, solutions and tangible choices that make social good an essential part of everyday life.

::L@keDiaries-FilmScreening::

Invite to Photo Exhibition and Film Screening - Lake Diaries

Inviting all for the Lake Diaries – Photo Exhibition and Film Screening.

Exhibition Launch: 26th April 2013
Exhibition Close: 10th May 2013
Time: 6:00 pm onwards
Film Screening: 6:45 pm
Venue: Thalam, Level 2, #80, Krishna Reddy Colony, Domlur Layout, Bangalore – 560071.
Gallery Timing: 11am to 7pm.
RSVP: peevee @ 99455one6333.

See you all on 26th April at Thalam.

Thx
peevee.

::LakeDiaries::

22nd March 2013.
The Alternative in association with Korkai and many other water conservation groups in Bangalore took a great step to celebrate the World Water Day with a series of events including a photo exhibition at Max Mueller Bhavan and multiple photo walks across Bangalore dying lakes.

I was happy to be a part of Varthur Lake walk and documented the scenes on 23rd March 2013. I must say Varthur Lake is very close to what a lake has to be. It has a true village feel to it with agriculture happening on the banks. Men, Women and children still lead a simple life there and were so welcoming. Some of the images from the walk below.

::RumPotter::

Shooting at a pottery town is always fun and challenging, that too if you have a cool subject (oops… sorry model!), there is no limit. Here are some of my images from Sultanpet Potter’s settlement.

Like these images? Thank the model. If you don’t, pls comment.

::VinodWedsChaitra::

The invitation sent by vinod for his wedding was amazing, and it conveyed his 5 yrs of love story, their roaming locations and finally their success. He is working with us for couple of years now, and almost the whole of our office went and wished him on the reception day.

I promised him to shoot and deliver few images from his wedding, as his wedding gift. I felt complex, when I understood the time of Muhurtham (5:45am) the next day morning after the reception. And, then came the next complex issue, the location. The Kalyana Mantapam is some where in West of Chord Road, Rajaji Nagar, which i have no direction sense.

I got up at 330am and googlegods (i mean google maps) saved me, and i should admit, google maps are lovely, and very very dynamic and sharp. I could not believe that i was at the venue sharp at 5am and meeting with vinod. DOT. The couple was busy getting ready in different rooms, and i had no time to plan and shoot chaitra, when she was getting ready, so shot both of them only on the stage. It was a very quick, short wedding. And Images here.

::TheBicycleDays::

Shooting a live event has always been interesting and most demanding. I was doing a film with the band – The Bicycle Days at Counter Culture for Time Out Bengaluru and incidentally shot some images from the live performance. The team is awesome. Amazing energy. Lively. But, may be for me, classical is better than Rock.I could not even understand a word, though i liked the beats and music. :) Few of my fave images from the shoot.

::RaqsSharqi::

When i happened to watch a belly dance performance at Alliance de Francaise couple of years, i didn’t carry my camera to capture the pretty movements of these dancers. But, this time around at the Chowdiah hall, i made sure, i had an entry and a camera permit. Some of the images from the dance show by our own Bangalore based dancers.

Little more about Rags Sharqi:
Belly dance or Bellydance is a Western-coined name for a traditional Middle Eastern dance, especially raqs sharqi. Raqs sharqi (Arabic: ??? ?????; literally “oriental dance”) is the style more familiar to Westerners, performed around the world. It is more commonly performed by female dancers but is also sometimes danced by men. It is a solo improvisational dance, although students often perform choreographed dances in a group.

Experience the energy on the stage, if you get an opportunity.

::AtInfyBangalore::

I got a great opportunity to shoot at the campus of Infosys, Electronic City sometime back. The brief was simple. They were looking for images of their human resource for their internal usage. It was fun shooting with boys and girls inside the low light zones and outside in the lawns. Some of the images from the shoot below. Special thanks to Anita Bora.

::UnderConstructionButOpened:

The Puttenahalli underpass is being built on J.P. Nagar 15th Cross, which intersects 24th Main and the Ring Road. The Rs. 23-crore project was taken up about three years ago to ease traffic flow from the southern reaches of the city. Work on the project, which was supposed to be completed in February 2009, is going on at a snail’s pace.

After throwing open the overpass on 24th Main, the Minister said that the contractor has not kept his word on completing the project in time. That’s the May 2010 Story. The site is still under construction. :( Few images of the location.

::MarketAndModel::

Built in the year 1927, Russell Market is one of the oldest markets which epitomizes the old charm of our Bengaluru city. Having visited this market many times for shoot, i found this place as a great place to do shoot with a model. Thanks to Neelima. Few images from the shoot here.