Street Justice ???


To start with – would not categorize this post as ‘photography’. This was the first such situation I was witnessing with the camera in hands, and I tried to capture the same.

Had actually planned for a photo-walk at Mallik ghat (Kolkata) and had left from home around 6 am. But my plan was cut short thanks to the monsoon (and my broken umbrella). Was sipping a cup of tea near this junction where I was supposed to catch the bus when I heard the ‘hulla-bulla’  and ‘maar maar’  shouts. Apparently, this man had tried to sneak away with a bus passenger’s cellphone and was caught red handed. What happened next lasted for may be a minute or two.

On a lighter note – while this person was being manhandled by the mob he immediately fell down on the road and ‘went’ senseless. I heard someone shout ‘**** acting korche. Aar maar!’ (‘He is acting. Thrash him more.’)  – I thought that must be some ‘action seeker’. Imagine my surprise when moments later I found out that this ‘seeker’ was correct – because as soon as the crowd dispersed and the traffic cops left, this guy was faster than Bolt and vanished in a blink of an eye.

By Champak Sharma

...and photographs are an amazing way to express the vivid shades of the poem called life. There are people and emotions, places and traditions, history and nature, moments and memories – and amidst them I discover the myriad colours of life. Their stories touch my being and I feel an urge to spread the reflections further. And photography is my medium for storytelling. The images are attempts to capture the essence of existences and in the process explore beyond the stereotypes. And with every photograph it’s an amazing feeling within…when a smile in an image spreads onto the lips of its viewer, serenity of a landscape captures someone’s imagination, ruins of an empire fills a mind with wonder, a high flying bird makes someone feel liberated, a look on an unknown face touches a heart…the list goes on. Like many others of my age, as a child growing up during 1990s – the still camera fitted with a photographic reel was a fascination for me. As time passed the compact digital camera became a household name and we no longer needed to ‘develop the negatives’. Now we have the DSLRs. Technologies have moved ahead simplifying the device – but photographs continue to be special moments preserved in the flow of time with interesting tales behind those shots. And this platform is an endeavor to share the photographs I capture, their stories and my experiences. As I attempt to explore the world through the lens, please join me in this journey and do share your views/comments.

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