A bunch of curious kids walked into the Urban Pad a few days before Children’s Day. They had gadgets in hand- and before you say that kids today are hooked to gadgets, let’s take a breath and share that these were kids with a purpose. Their gadgets included their phone, the tab and ipad. So what were they upto? No, not another video game meet. They and their gadgets were armed with cameras and they were there to “Explore and Express through Photography” – an Unhotel workshop facilitated by Gagan Brar.
The kids seemed absolutely enthusiastic the moment they walked in. Gagan decided to have some fun and opened the Workshop by quizzing them on why do they click pictures. From a simple quip – “For Fun!” to a more serious reply – “Because it is my passion!”, the children opened up to Gagan with their expectations of the workshop. As Gagan kept asking, the kids shed their inhibitions one by one and the workshop turned out to be a fun affair.
Gagan brought out that photography is not just to capture and share moments but is also a medium of expression. The children were given theoretical inputs in terms of lighting, camera angle and editing. The highlight however was the time that the children spent in capturing their outdoor surroundings. Each one took to what interests them – plants, birds, portraits just to name a few. Gagan then went over the pictures that were clicked and provided valuable feedback to each child on what they had done.
The workshop ended with some bright ideas from the children, lots of food and umpteen pictures clicked by the amateurs and mentored by the expert. Gagan opened up an entire world to the budding photographers by highlighting that photographs have stories to tell and are expressions of emotions. Children are pure in expressing and this workshop gave them the right impetus to hone their photography skills.