Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Photowalking in Town



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The newest craze in town is photowalking. That combines walking with your hobby i.e. photography. You don’t need an expensive camera and can leave home with a simple camera or even your mobile phone camera. Wear comfortable shoes and start walking and shoot whatever catches your attention.
Photowalking is fun when we meet up others along the way. It sometimes doubles the fun to have a fellow companion or a group of bohemian fellows walking along. Take pictures of people on the way or search your interpretation of life in the objects that come into view. Photowalking is a pastime enjoyed both by introverts out on a hiking trail and extroverts who want to share their discovery of the world with a large group. Photography is a creative hobby. It makes the photographer express a view entirely his own, not unlike the author or painter. One uses words and the other colours on paper or canvas whereas a photograph is the photographer’s vision of the world. Of late, newspapers carry pictures that photowalkers have taken and some of them are extremely artistic, even though they are taken by children. This just goes to show that you need a keen eye for beauty in the ordinary.
Photowalking is a beautiful activity. And with technology supporting photowalkers, who can deny its pull. You can upload your pictures on many websites and share how you see the world. Photowalking can unfold out as a workout and a nature walk in the hills, a soul search across a hiking trail, a photo-shoot on the road for friends and much more.
Capture the crimson sunset when you choose an autumn evening to walk or the endless sea as you walk down the Marine Drive (Mumbai) for your sojourn. Choose a part of the street that resembles a face with the criss-cross of light and shadow. The best part is there is no need for a course to understand this art.  And you can stir up various emotions in the hearts of your viewers. Interested in people, go for people photography but when using a public spot, do ask for permission from your subjects lest they take objection to it. Use different angles or zoom in and out to magnify or contract what you shoot. Use a colour or a black and white background and create a world entirely yours. It can be an escape route to cut off what is not needed or to just capture nature at its best or worst. Often, we just bring out the artist in us as we walk and shoot without judging our environment in a bid to freeze a moment or an expression forever.
Sometimes, your subjects would be ordinary sights but they would make others stop and think. Photowalking is to create a visual poetry in tune with the rhapsody inside you. Photowalking is a mini-adventure you can take up daily while coming from work to your home or a detour while running errands. Besides, you never know when you strike gold with that award-winning picture of yours.

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16 comments:

  1. I also love photowalking only I didn't realize that what I do has a name! :)

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    1. haha our generations has a label for everything!

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  2. What a great idea, sometimes I feel embarrassed getting my camera out and snapping away so with some like-minded friends I'd feel lots more comfortable! xxx

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  3. I am def going to try this. We have so much going on in Chicago that photo walking is a must.

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  4. Oh! I love going on photowalks with my group of fellow photography enthusiasts....we have this huge gang and it's always awfully fun!!!

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  5. Oh I enjoy photowalking, I started some year ago and I am still doing it!
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  6. never knew the hobby had a name :) nice to know about it . . loved the photographs too . . speaking volumes . . did you take the second one ? :)

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    1. yes, indeed the 2nd one is my click :)

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  7. Good one. nicely described. in fact me too love photowalking.

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  8. you would be surprised at the things you can capture along the way. quick moments that you can never get back!
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  9. Hearing this term for the first time.Lots of people today are addicted to it!

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  11. This looks like such an awesome idea. If I go downtown or something, I might try to do this.

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  12. aah, is da shot of the boy taken at Victoria memorial?? during my day tour to victoria memorial, I saw a boy making christ image and clicked a photo too!!

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