Photography is a visual medium for narrating stories. It can deceive as well as be a robust empirical data collection medium. We seek the latter. This course intends to train enthusiasts into the art of storytelling through photography. Architecture is an experiential medium and photographs can try to emulate the experience. However, a photograph is a moment captured in time and space, How does one create a storyboard for the multiplicity of experiences of the space? How can photographic documentation help us focus on the story of the structure to narrate its tales?
Photographers follow certain thumb rules on light, exposure, shadow etc. instead if the focus of the photograph is how to capture life as is? - the harsh afternoon sun and the people stooping to find shade, the bird which makes an abandoned structure it's home and eventually covers it with bird droppings, the little child who climbs up the compound wall deceives the glass shards on the wall and jumps into the compound with his friends and many more interactions of life with space.
We believe that if learners are trained into seeing the smallest details of utility, these observations once analyzed and synthesized will make them better designers.
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Amit Pasricha is one of the world’s celebrated panoramic photographers. He is well published and believes that photography, as the most powerful modern language of today, must be used to draw attention to those aspects that stand neglected. Amit Pasricha’s lens looks at India the way few others do. One of the foremost panoramic photographers in the country, he uses a technique that stitches together multiple images to create a single image that is far larger or wider than a camera can capture, or indeed the human eye can take in at a glance. A third-generation photographer, Pasricha, 51, has worked on several projects that have been turned into highly acclaimed coffee-table books. They include India at Home, a fascinating account of people from across India captured in their homes, and The Sacred India Book, which examines the role of religion in everyday life, all shot in his signature panoramic style.
You have participated in the India Lost and Found campaign and would like to interact with Amit Pasricha and discuss your photographs
You are interested in Photography of Heritage structures
You want to explore Panoramas as a medium of narration and story telling
Want to hear about the art of Photography from the Master himself
India Lost & Found is the story of the untold monuments and sites of India which over time are likely to change, deteriorate and perhaps be lost forever. It is our effort through this photographic documentation, in a country teeming with heritage, to preserve and to share the essence of the history of our Civilization.
- India as one of the world’s largest, oldest, richest civilizations is known for its abundance of built heritage.
- While ASI protects 3650 monuments, 35,000 to 7,00,000 structures lie unprotected. Delhi alone has over 1000 unprotected monuments.
- While Delhi, Agra, Jaipur face ever-increasing tourism, lesser-known sites have little footfall and lie neglected.
- The list of ‘missing monuments’ under ASI tallies 24.
- Dialogue on heritage is limited and the youth is particularly disengaged on this subject.
- With limited resources for conservation and due to ravages of time, theft and encroachments, degradation of this heritage is inevitable.
India Lost and Found aims to draw attention to our ailing Indian heritage before it is lost forever. The idea is to inspire conversation and create awareness about these monumental yet neglected relics, especially by mobilizing the youth. Through increased footfall, ILF hopes to encourage domestic tourism and empower local communities to help in its conservation. Through a knowledge network of ILF Experts, interpreting these monuments both from the tangible as we as intangible viewpoints, we are creating an online resource on the lesser known monuments of India. We firmly believe that in order to attract the youth towards the panorama of Indian monuments, we need to redefine the meaning of our heritage and view it as a living eco-system that it once was.
In time we hope to seed the search engines on the net with intelligent information so that when the youth search for historical Indian architecture or merely hunt for the untold monuments of ancient India, they may chance upon our resource. As we proceed we plan to make this resource on Indian culture freely available to all online repositories of knowledge.
Subsequently please visit www.indialostandfound.com/challenge to tune your mobile phones for the challenge.