Monday, November 25, 2013

Cambridge Street Gallery at Burlington High School presents:

Kolkata (Calcutta) 2010

In 2010 I traveled to Kolkata, India with photojournalist Peter Turnley and six other photographers from around the Globe for a workshop on street photography. This workshop introduced us to one of the world's most visually magnificent and stimulating cities.

Kolkata is one of India's largest cities, a former capital of colonial India, full of history and streets filled with constant motion. Kolkata is a photographer’s dream for capturing street and travel photography. This workshop was beneficial in developing the social skills necessary when shooting street photography.

As part of the workshop, photographers agreed only to use wide- angle lenses, so my images were captured with the Nikon 17-55mm F/2.8 or 24mm F/1.4. Composing these wide-angle scenes presented visual challenges as well as an abundance of creative possibilities. Wide-angle lenses view the world very differently from normal-range or telephoto lenses. Positioning in close proximity to your subject can often be intimidating. It is clear to see that the images displayed in the gallery were captured within two feet from the subject. Hopefully, this experience will allow me to return to the wonder of India and participate in all it has to offer.

Laura Phillips is an art educator at the Marshall Simonds Middle School.

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