2010 – photography

I gave photography lessons to my older students (ages 14-18) for the second year running. Everyone in this part of India loves to have their photo taken, i wanted to turn the tables and have the students become the author of the image rather than the subject…

I would also like to single out this shot taken by Dalayya, who was also my student last year. Sometimes i would let him keep the camera overnight. He lives in the Lake Home with the other older boys and he came back with this photo which blew me away. It is like something out of a Scorcese movie and gives something of the atmosphere of how it must be to live in this house with these boys. He did not really understand why i liked it so much and he consistently took great photos but this one is my absolute favourite…

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The boys (who for a million cultural reasons are bolder than the girls in the orphanage) manage to take photos i would never get. I do seriously instruct them about being respectful about taking photos and to never take one if someone seems uncomfortable. Being local boys they wander in and out of houses (asking first of course) effortlessly…i am always reticent…

Dalayya, Santosh, Harsha, mvp, Syam, Ravi Teja, Daniel – the pose was all their idea

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