Last summer while I was in India, I was sitting on the terrace of my childhood home one evening, sipping a cup of filter coffee and fiddling with my iPhone’s camera. The thing was, it has been two weeks into my vacation and I haven’t shot anything yet. Although, I carried this phone for about an year, I never really shot much with it. Actually, I was least bothered about this tiny lens since I always picked my SLR for shooting. I brought along my SLR to India, but it rested mostly inside my bag. Because of its bulkiness I guess, it mostly attracted attention from the people around. In general, this made me really uncomfortable and I find it hard to focus on my shooting, which is the reason why I refrain myself from shooting any street life.
From where I sat, I looked around to see if anything interesting caught my eye. I saw kids playing cricket on the street below, the sun setting behind the numerous rows of concrete houses, my neighbor speaking loudly into his mobile and my grand-dad humming a carnatic raga while tuning the frequency on his radio. Is it possible to capture each of these moments and be able to tell a story? Ofcourse, that’s what people with great imagination and an artistic eye have always been able to do, irrespective of the lens. The challenge for me has always been to capture moments like these. As much as I enjoy landscape and cityscape photography, there has always been a part of me that yearned to make images that showcased everyday moments. It’s the subtlety that has been the most challenging to capture. At that moment, a thought crossed my mind whether this tiny lens, could become another tool in my hands and help me develop an eye to capture such delicate moments. I wouldn’t attract much attention either while shooting given it’s small form factor. Starting there, I decided to experiment and immediately clicked a handful of images.