We live in a world where nearly everyone has constant access to a camera of some sort. In fact, you’re probably reading this on a smart phone with about 7 different camera apps installed – including Instagram which is turning social mavens into artists – and I mean that sincerely. As a photographer, it is truly incredible to see so many people adopting this skill as a way of sharing their life experience, as a way of telling their story.
21st, the club of photographers is a platform for all the budding photographers. The group aims at giving an equal platform for all right from ace photographers to amateur photographers. The club founded by an engineer and amateur photographer, Sagar Kolhe has gained over 150 members from various creative fields within a year. Being a club member myself, I get to discuss the creative stuff with the other members resulting in getting to know a lot about exploring the DSLR. I believe we all picked up a camera at a very young age, no matter how simple or basic that camera may have been. And according to the founder, every person is a photographer until he figures out the manual mode.
How was the club started? And what does the name imply?
During one of his interviews, Sagar Kolhe explained the idea of starting a photography club. He never had any formal training in the field of photography. After learning the technicalities associated with his camera he decided to form a club for like minded youths. And most of the members from the group are 21 years old belonging to 21st century, hence the name 21st club of photographers.
The club seems to be searching for something unknown along the photographic journey; that the journey has some kind of purpose. Photography, for all of us club members, is a way to see and preserve dynamic things statically, and come back to them as desired to re-examine them, alter them, or learn more from them. It is satisfying when it works, frustrating when it doesn’t, and another excuse to engage. The club work on the innovative ideas and arrange photowalks time to time to tour unexplored locations around Nasik. Creativity is strongly linked with purpose. We enjoy making beautiful images, from the time we go out with our cameras through to processing the images in Lightroom or Photoshop. It’s a good feeling when those images are used to illustrate the articles too. The ability of photography to connect to our past, associate us in an event, and preserve memories without words or interpretation makes it an influential hobby for all of us.
AVISHAKR- A PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
The exhibition of rare and unique photographs of various aspects and outskirts of the Nasik city which was able to get the attention of whole city was organised by the club in April 2-4. The event was supported by Sudhakar Badgujar in presence of Deepka Badgujar. Chirag Thannirbhavi a well known creative Photographer was the chief guest for the event. The exhibition served as a platform for new aspirants to demonstrate the aspirations. A Special hour was dedicated to the specially abled children from the Prabhodhini School as a part of social responsibility. The event was one of the biggest photography exhibition arranged in Maharashtra. The founder, Sagar Kolhe also expressed the desire to bring positive thought process among youths. Take a sneak peak of the event in the video.
The Photowalk and camping on the half of Shivrajyabhishek Ceremony (शिवराज्याभिषेक सोहळा)
Shivrajyabhishek Sohla, the festival at the highest altitude in Raigad, Maharshtra was successfully attended by the club. This photowalk was held for 2 days followed by an night camp. The mind blowing spectacular cultural ceremony was captured through the lenses of the club members at the highest altitude of 2700ft.
Future Plans :
The founder specifically aims to host a Photo Fiesta, a complete photography event for the first time in Nasik. The main purpose of the event is to give out A to Z information about the photography.
Check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/21stfc/
The value that we see in using photography to sharpen our mental awareness is that taking a picture is a physical action that forces you to be conscious of what you are doing, it is widely available, very easy to use, and finally – it comes with the gratification of creating something beautiful – and there is nothing more rewarding than making the world just a little more beautiful.