August 03 2016
Third day in IIHS, BCC was dedicated to Media Lab. We were to walk around in the neighborhood with open spaces. We were to get the portrait of people of this city; how they identify this city, how they are emotionally connected to it and how they react to it. Primarily, this is what we were suppose to do. We were suppose to get the stories of people of Bangalore so that we can understand and know this city better.
So we set out in teams of 4-5 fellows, each team with a Kannada speaking member who could bridge the language gap. We left IIHS at 8:30 am equipped with our cameras and some strategies in our minds as to how will we talk to people outside.
We were group Number 3 – Chandni Arun Narendra, Jayati, Ratnam & TejInder(me). We walked down the streets of Sadashiva Nagar and got out to the Bellary road. We spoke to people who have been living in Bangalore from 2 months to those who’ve been here since 40 years. They were new to us like the city is, and we were new to them. What followed the conversation was a small phot0-video documentation process where we asked them if we can take pictures of them.
The maximum we spoke to anyone was 15 minutes, it was our first interaction with them and we kept it short. We had tea and some food at a road side stall and made our way back to IIHS. We were the first group to be back at 12:15 pm. Gautam almost sent us back but didn’t on seeing little snippet of what we had done(I don’t know what changed his mind).
What followed was an hour of discussion on how would we want to present what we did. Most of the people at IIHS were expecting that we’ll do some portraits of people. We did that but we did not presented the photographs in our story telling.
However, I’ll share photos here. Some of the portraits of the city and space I made during this morning walk. I won’t tell you who they were and what there stories were. I’ll let you interpret in your own way.
p.s: I’ll share our presentation sometime soon, maybe.
(L-R)Chandni Arun Narendra, Ratnam, Jayati