By Sumedha Grover
A photography exhibition called ‘Bene Captus’, which translates to ‘well captured’, is being organised by the Symbiosis School of Photography at the Raja Ravi Varma Art Gallery, Ghole Road.
The exhibition has approximately 330 photographs by 98 students on display.
The exhibition covers various types of photography including fine arts, food, fashion, portrait, product, event, sports and wildlife photography. “There are two types of photography — fine art and and commercial. We equip students with knowledge of both. One for the soul and the other for money,” says Vishal Bhende, director of Symbiosis School of Photography.
Aishwarya Gathwala, a third-year student, who has 23 pictures on display at the exhibition, won the Best Student award in her academic year. “I’m more into fashion photography and photo-journalism. I work with photo series based on concepts. One of them on display is a representation of Shiva. In the first image, I tried to depict the depth of the character and in the other, I attempted to show Shiva’s tandav.” she says.
The photographs are judged in terms of technological know-how, composition and concept. Vaibhav Chakarvarty, a first-year student talking about his exhibits, says, “I clicked these photographs for a personal project which I started this January. The basic idea behind this project is to shoot daily to explore and experiment with more techniques and concepts.”
Explaining the merits of reducing the number of assignments and letting students work on their own, Bhende says, “Assignments tend to become tedious and students do them just for the sake of passing. On the other hand, they work much harder when they take up projects and come up with concepts on their own.”
With an entire section dedicated to food photography, there is no lack of innovative ventures for photographers. The students are also exploring off-beat avenues such as industrial photography. Bhende acknowledges the value of such provisions saying, “Our students are asked to cover a number of professional events which helps them create an enviable portfolio.” The exhibition is on till April 10 from 10 am to 8 pm.