The newest craze in town is photowalking. That combines walking with your hobby i.e. photography. You don’t need an expensive camera and can leave home with a simple camera or even your mobile phone camera. Wear comfortable shoes and start walking and shoot whatever catches your attention.
Photowalking is fun when we meet up others along the way. It sometimes doubles the fun to have a fellow companion or a group of bohemian fellows walking along. Take pictures of people on the way or search your interpretation of life in the objects that come into view. Photowalking is a pastime enjoyed both by introverts out on a hiking trail and extroverts who want to share their discovery of the world with a large group. Photography is a creative hobby. It makes the photographer express a view entirely his own, not unlike the author or painter. One uses words and the other colours on paper or canvas whereas a photograph is the photographer’s vision of the world. Of late, newspapers carry pictures that photowalkers have taken and some of them are extremely artistic, even though they are taken by children. This just goes to show that you need a keen eye for beauty in the ordinary.
Photowalking is a beautiful activity. And with technology supporting photowalkers, who can deny its pull. You can upload your pictures on many websites and share how you see the world. Photowalking can unfold out as a workout and a nature walk in the hills, a soul search across a hiking trail, a photo-shoot on the road for friends and much more.
Capture the crimson sunset when you choose an autumn evening to walk or the endless sea as you walk down the Marine Drive (Mumbai) for your sojourn. Choose a part of the street that resembles a face with the criss-cross of light and shadow. The best part is there is no need for a course to understand this art. And you can stir up various emotions in the hearts of your viewers. Interested in people, go for people photography but when using a public spot, do ask for permission from your subjects lest they take objection to it. Use different angles or zoom in and out to magnify or contract what you shoot. Use a colour or a black and white background and create a world entirely yours. It can be an escape route to cut off what is not needed or to just capture nature at its best or worst. Often, we just bring out the artist in us as we walk and shoot without judging our environment in a bid to freeze a moment or an expression forever.
Sometimes, your subjects would be ordinary sights but they would make others stop and think. Photowalking is to create a visual poetry in tune with the rhapsody inside you. Photowalking is a mini-adventure you can take up daily while coming from work to your home or a detour while running errands. Besides, you never know when you strike gold with that award-winning picture of yours.
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