This November, our Apex Diploma students got to experience one of the last great traditional melas, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over to Rajasthan- the Pushkar Camel Fair.
A spectacle on an epic scale and one of India’s most highly rated travel experiences, the students got to witness a cultural phenomenon which was truly a feast for the eyes.
The students were required to work on three photography projects, out of which one was their very own personal photography essay on Pushkar. These assignments saw them working tirelessly, with early morning wake up calls to make sure they had the best light to work with.
The students learnt how to create a photography essay, with the help of co-director Aditya Arya who guided and mentored the students while they worked on their projects. Students were given lessons on how to pre-visualize their photo-stories, plan their process according to time constraints as well learn how to create theme based projects.
Still the Pushkar trip was not just all work and no play as the students got to experience a live gypsy dance and meals at a different venue everyday.
“The trip to Pushkar was an enriching experience. Witnessing the colours and festive atmosphere firsthand, the bonhomie amongst the batch members, and most of all – a great opportunity to capture some (hopefully) good images. The arrangements for food, travel and accommodation were satisfactory. All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for a field trip. It was truly time, money and effort well spent”
- Apoorva Karan Rai (Diploma Student 2013-14)
“It was no doubt one of the best experiences I have ever had. Pushkar Camel Fair- a yearly event is probably the most fascinating way to experience authentic and traditional Rajasthan.From vibrant folk music to spicy local cuisine, to endless shopping and of course the fair which was the hub of the Camels and above all capturing all this within the frames of my camera was just beyond words”
-Tuhina Chopra (Diploma Student 2013-14)