Wikipedia calls Mumbai the most populous city in India, and the fourth most populous city in the world, with a total metropolitan area population of approximately 20.5 million. Along with the neighbouring urban areas it is one of the most populous urban regions in the world.” “It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest GDP of any city in South, West or Central Asia. Mumbai has been ranked 6th among top 10 global cities on billionaire count, ahead of Shanghai, Paris and Los Angeles.” “Mumbai is the commercial and entertainment capital of India, it is also one of the world’s top 10 centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 5% of India’s GDP”
…while Rough Guides says “First impressions of Mumbai tend to be dominated by its chronic shortage of space. Crammed onto a narrow spit of land that curls from the swamp-ridden coast into the Arabian Sea, the city is technically an island, connected to the mainland by bridges and narrow causeways. In less than five hundred years, it has metamorphosed from an aboriginal fishing settlement into a megalopolis of more than sixteen million people – India’s largest city and one of the biggest urban sprawls on the planet. Being swept along broad boulevards by endless streams of commuters, or jostled by coolies and hand-cart pullers in the teeming bazaars, you’ll continually feel as if Mumbai is about to burst at the seams.
…Mumbai is far from the ordeal some travellers make it out to be. Once you’ve overcome the major hurdle of finding somewhere to stay, you may begin to enjoy its frenzied pace and crowded, cosmopolitan feel.
Nowhere reinforces your sense of having arrived in Mumbai quite as emphatically as the Gateway of India, the city’s defining landmark. Only a five-minute walk north, the Prince of Wales Museum should be next on your list of sightseeing priorities. The museum provides a foretaste of what lies in store just up the road, where the cream of Bartle Frere’s Bombay – the University and High Court – line up with the open maidans on one side, and the boulevards of Fort on the other. But for the fullest sense of why the city’s founding fathers declared it Urbs Prima in Indis, you should press further north still to visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), the high-water mark of India’s Raj architecture.
Beyond CST lie the crowded bazaars and Muslim neighbourhoods of central Mumbai, at their liveliest and most colourful around Crawford Market and Mohammed Ali Road. Possibilities for an escape from the crowds include an evening stroll along Marine Drive, bounding the western edge of downtown, or a boat trip out to Elephanta, a rock-cut cave on an island in Mumbai harbour containing a wealth of ancient art.”
This is all super exciting as there is so much to shoot there. Every day is an adventure, food is great, people are extraordinary and the mentors know the city well and will lead you to some fascinating areas. Leica Akademie India is organising this special 4 day workshop for locals and travellers.
During the 4 days, participants will shoot through the streets of Mumbai and capture the mood during the famous Ganesh Visarjan time.
During this Intensive 4-day workshop, we will focus on the following topics:
Street Photography – An Introduction…
How to develop your own photographic style…
Understanding light and how to deal with different or changing lighting situations…
Helping you to understand composition and layers in photography…
How to work towards a theme and focus on projects…
Photography assignments to put theories to work while walking with the mentors on the streets of Mumbai
Understanding peripheral vision..
Telling a story with your photographs..
The mentors will work with students both in critique sessions and on the field, sharing their working knowledge and techniques.
During the course of this workshop, the mentors will discuss technique, composition, vision and intent and how to use the camera and lens in a creative way. They will discuss careers, talk about how to get published and how to complete a story.
Early bird price is USD 550, valid till 1st June2019. The workshop price after 1st June will be USD 595
Students need to bring the following to the workshop:
– A digital camera with a fixed wide angle lens preferably (a 35mm focal length lens would be best). You are most welcome to get your Long telephoto lenses and zooms for your personal work. Please feel free bring your own cameras, Leica or not. Leica Cameras can be provided if you would like to try one out.
– A laptop with software to edit/tone your images
– A notebook to take down notes during the workshop
Includes : Workshop Charges only
– Hotel, Return air ticket etc
– Any private expenses
– Room service fees
– Porter services
– Visa fees (if applicable)
– Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner/ Beverages
– If travelling to Mumbai, Personal travel insurance (compulsory; self-purchase)
Venue : TBA