April 30th and my work was exhibited at the prestigious International center of Photography, New York. I still have to let it sink in. ICP is a museum for photography and visual culture and a photography school. This year they started a photo hackathon and called in entries for creative visual story tellers. They ultimately selected 9 photographers all over the world and quite ecstatically I am one of them.
Here are the final selections for the exhibition.
The judges making the selection among shortlisted entries and it's so thrilling to see your picture lying on the table there among the people you don't know but experts in their field pondering over it.
The judges Photo Director at Mashable, Dustin Drankoski, Photographer and ICP Faculty Anja Hitzenberger, Associate Photo Editor at Time.com and ICP faculty Josh Raab, with the help of ICP New Media Narrative students Mengwen Cao, Evan Cisneros and Susan Sawyers.
This picture was taken in Samesi, a village in Uttar Pradesh, India on a monsoon evening with the sun almost about to set and creating beautiful light through the clouds and a tree in the background. This boy and his family were the lone inhabitant of a ground which used to host a big fair every Thursday which doesn't happen anymore and the ground is rarely visited by anyone. The family was roasting rice when I reached there in a clear monsoon sky and a beautiful sunset skimming though trees created this beautiful natural Light. I just couldn't move away from them and clicked some pictures with no dialogues exchanged, they belonged to their space and I didn't feel like disturbing them and they silently gave me the permission.
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