Images from my Street Photography Workshop in Mumbai

Just finished conducting an intense one-on-one workshop with Seshagiri Rao from Hyderabad.  Theory, critique and loads of shooting later these are a few of the images Sesh created.  He started out nervous and unsure, and it was a pleasure to see him transform over the days into a confident photographer with a much clearer idea of what he was looking for when prowling the streets with his camera.  By the end of the workshop I had a hard time keeping track of him in the streets and I often found him in strange positions trying to get his shot.  It is always fun to guide someone with a passion and hunger to learn and it feels great when the results speak for themselves.

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Above is a really good attempt at “Surrealism”

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ALL THE ABOVE IMAGES © SESHAGIRI RAO

And below are some images of Sesh in action…

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13 thoughts on “Images from my Street Photography Workshop in Mumbai

  1. Really enjoyed each and every moment of the workshop it was a wonderful experience working with kaushal undeniably, Initially I felt very nervous in taking the pictures as back of my mind I was like how the people would react but kaushal always stood next to me boosting me up whenever I was low, walking down the street and capturing the emotions of the people gave me immense pleasure which I think couldn’t get in any other genre of photography.
    Talking about kaushal he is a great human being with great knowledge especially I liked the way he explain the things very evidently. A great human being indeed and he was more like a brother than a teacher to me it is just my luck that I met you…Once again thanks a lot Kaushal I owe you a lot.

  2. Some feedback to Mr. Rao.

    Photograph #1:
    Composition is fine; nothing clipped badly in the frame borders ; subject placement is perfect; the old woman is framed between the chair and the wall; the steps lead the eye to the child and the two women; contrast between childhood and old age is nice – evening light which is going to die soon is falling on the old woman, the child is in the shadows – all symbolic. You even got eye contact but I wish the old woman hadn’t used her hand as a shade – her eyes are in shadows. The picture would have been stronger if the two women in the background and/or the child were also looking at the camera. At present the foreground and background are somewhat disconnected. But this is still a picture that makes me look at it again and again.

    Photograph #2:
    This is one a little too flat. Take out the vertical red bar, it is a dull image. But the red bar doesn’t help either. Had the longer bar to the right were also red, then the two bars would have worked as an eye catching frame for the guy with the bottle. The headless guy is an eye sore. Not sure how you visualized this shot, but you gotta be careful about the grey sky and water both of which lack detail but have distracting intensity.

    Photograph #3:
    The photograph of a person going to a toilet taken from a high vantage point probably without the knowledge of the subject. Bad taste. The execution is pretty bad too, but probably there was no photograph here. I don’t see how one can make the boring wall that looms large interesting.

    Photograph #4:
    Strong foreground in the form of the bird. Interesting middleground – the boy on top left seems to be uncharacteristically thoughtful and the bigger girl on the right is uninterested. Hey! who said all kids like play? The background is insipid and opens into grey sky of nothingness – something to consciously avoid while framing. Don’t know why you got the horizontals tilted. Look at the step in the foreground behind the bird – it is not horizontal. Also be conscious of the frame corners. At the lower right corner you have a black mat clipped. Technical elements apart, the bird in the foreground doesn’t connect well with the kids in the middleground. Not sure what you wanted to add to the story by including the bird.

    Photograph #5:
    Reflections along with see thru glass windows is extremely difficult to execute to success. What you have is a complex image which for most is a maze of visual layers. You may want to look out for a dominant subject in such a scenario.

    Photograph #6:
    This is a street photograph literally! A random moment in the flow of time on a random street. A street similar to the streets many of us in India pass through every day and don’t bother to look around. But a street full of opportunities for the observant street photographer. For example, the orange sareed woman with a bucket and the guy with the blue kurta; there is a photograph or half-a-photograph waiting to happen there when the two face each other; the contrasting colors, genders,…

    Photograph #7: Composition is OK. Wish the face of the guy reading the news paper was not occluded. Perhaps you could have tried to take the picture from a higher vantage point. The guy with the beard and red trousers is interesting and you got eye contact also! But he is leaving the frame. You should have gone after him and tried to frame him more thoughtfully. Rest of the frame is random set of people not striking any interesting note. Did you shoot this with tele focal length? Perspective seems to be on flatter side, not great for street scenes.

    Photograph #8:
    This is the kind of picture that is very tempting as it is low hanging fruit but difficult to get anything above the mediocre. Firstly, it has no spatial depth – you need to put something in the foreground and avoid using tele focal length. Next, 90% of the frame is someone else’s text/image. So, your creative part is in the remaining 10% of the frame and that’s why it is very difficult. The shutter door on the right boundary is an eye sore and adds nothing. The guy’s expression is nothing note worthy and he is static. Perhaps you could have waited till he opened the door and put one leg outside?

    Photograph #9:
    A good snap shot of life near the sea shore. Not much drama here; everyday life chores and casual conversation. The gap between the two men is just too wide. Takes the eye to the distant shore of nothingness – or is there a woman there and some clothes drying on the stones? The quality of light could have been better if this was taken during the golden hours of the day.

    Hope this helps. Best luck to you and I look forward to see stronger images in the future.

  3. Hello Mr Ramana thanks a lot for your time reviewing my images and for your feedback I’ll surely keep all the points what you have suggested me for my future images..

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